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Thread: How long does it take you to quilt?

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    Senior Member stefanib123's Avatar
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    How long does it take you to hand quilt a bed size quilt? How long to machine quilt one?

    I'm just curious. It takes me forever either way, LOL!

    I'm still trying to perfect my sewing, I guess the speed will come later.

    It seems like I see people on here making a new quilt every week, sometimes, LOL! I want to be that good!

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    It takes me forty forevers.
    I have chronic pain from health disorders and apparently, aside from that, have always loved having a bunch of projects going and jump from one to the other, depending on my mood.
    I am slow, slow, slow,...but eventually I get 'em done and I am happy that way! :mrgreen:

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    There are a lot of variables. Size of quilt, hand or machine quilting, regular or long-arm quilting machines, applique, piecing detail, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by stefanib123
    How long does it take you to hand quilt a bed size quilt? How long to machine quilt one?

    I'm just curious. It takes me forever either way, LOL!

    I'm still trying to perfect my sewing, I guess the speed will come later.

    It seems like I see people on here making a new quilt every week, sometimes, LOL! I want to be that good!

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    As Donna Jean said there are a lot of variables. I am working on a king size now that is taking me about 2 weeks to quilt. I am a very slow quilter and I have a husband that lets me quilt for numerous upon numerous hours per day. If I had only a limited amount of time per day to quilt I'm sure it would take me much longer.

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    the first time i took a full size quilt top to the lqs for advice on hand quilting it they helped me come up with a design and mark part of it then as i was leaving told me..."if you spend 1 hour each day hand quilting you can have a queen size quilt done in about a year."

    I had trouble breathing all the way home...and loaded it up and machine quilted it in about 5 hours. ;)

    since then i have hand quilted some small projects...it does not take all that long; with practice comes speed :)

    to machine quilt (i do have a long-arm) it takes anywhere from 2 hours to 40 hours depending on the quilt and the quilting...stops and starts, color changes add time.

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    I hand quilted a 70 x 70 quilt. Started last year some time and put it away when spring came - flannel backing. Got finished during this year's Olympics. I learned a lot about Curling!!!

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    Depends on how much time I spend on here looking at other people's quilts ;)

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    Until I have a deadline.

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    The last one I did took me about 1 1/2 years. That is not quilting on it every day. I would get bored with it and slip other projects in between. However, when I can see that I'm on the down hill side I work on it more frequently. Usually I figure about 9 months from start to finish with other projects inbetween.

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    I'm allergic to doing any hand work. I hate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbud2
    I hand quilted a 70 x 70 quilt. Started last year some time and put it away when spring came - flannel backing. Got finished during this year's Olympics. I learned a lot about Curling!!!
    LOL! I like to sit watching tv while hand quilting. Especially in the winter.

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    Oh it just depends on the quilt...

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    A looooooooooooooooooooooonng time!

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    For me it depends on how big the quilt is, but I can meander a 56 X 72 in 2 - 2-1/2 hours on my sewing machine.

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    It really depends on the quilt. It takes me longer to pick just the right pattern than it does to actually quilt it. I can do a lap quilt on my domestic machine in two or three days working on it a few hours at a time. This also depends on how dense the quilting is and how intricate the design is.

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