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Thread: How Many Quilts Do You Make?

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    How Many Quilts Do You Make?

    I have been quilting three years. I have made four quilts since November 1. My daughter thinks it's a lot. I don't think it is. What is your average?

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    New quilter here averaging one (top) a month since January...I expect to finish the first two this month, and I have one WIP going.

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    I average about 4 good sized quilts a year with lots of little projects in between that interest me. Quilting is my creative outlet, gives me joy and keeps me sane. Much cheaper than therapy!

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    Too many, according to my hubby! Dozens in the past few years I guess. Lots of baby quilts, lots of quilts for gifts and a few for me. I tend to make easy patterns with busy fabrics so they look more difficult than they are. After I get caught up on the ones I've got going, I'd like to make fewer, but try some more complex patterns, such as NY Beauty or other fancy paper pieced quilts.

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    I made 19 my first year (which was last year), 4 of those were super queen size - the others were lap/throw.
    I've made 2 this year (one is my first paper pieced), have 2 more 80+% done.
    Saying this, I do have my quilts LAQ'ed which gives me the creative time for the tops
    IF I didn't have to do the daily 8-5 grind, I could easily see me doing a quilt in just a few days, maybe a week at tops. I do kind of keep track of how much time I've spent on a top - the most is 62 hours, 2nd to that is 40-41 ish for the paper pieced.
    It's all in perspective!!!

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    I make complicated quilts very slowly.
    If I were in a hurry I'd buy a blanket.

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    It depends on the size and the complexity of your quilts but it sounds like a lot to me too. I work in spurts and I have tons of UFOs. Can't say how many I have made but probably 2 a year or so which does not include small donation quilts.
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    I started in 2009 and have made about 2 dozen quilts, plus many sewing projects as they caught my attention. But, last year I only made 2 of those quilts and a small shawl. I just piece the tops and send the quilts to a local quilt club buddy who has a computerized long-arm. She makes my beginner quilts beautiful! I couldn't do it without her!

    Oops! I forgot to add that the 2 last year were t-shirt quilts for my grandson. They were hard, but he seemed to like them both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
    I make complicated quilts very slowly.
    If I were in a hurry I'd buy a blanket.
    Love this answer! I do a mix of easy and challenging. Usually I like to follow a challenging one with a couple of easy ones. Then I get bored and want to do something more difficult. I average 2-3 quilts a month, if I don't have anything else going on. And I like to do table toppers, tote bags and wall hangings too.

    I give away at least half the quilts I make, and sell a (very) few on etsy.

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    Depends on what is going on in my life. I suspect this is true of all of us.
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    i make laps and baby quilts mostly but i usually get a couple or 3 twin size in there as well and i generally make about 10 per year. i also work full time and dont get to quilt mon thru thurs due to my work schedule since i work 10 hours a day. but that also means i have a 3 day weekend every weekend which has made me more productive the last few years. hopefully they dont ever change it back but people complain about it all the time so it is definately possible.
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    It never stops. I always have several going at one time. I have two bed size quilts on the design board right now and just guessing at the ammount of time, I can cut and piece an average queen size quilt in a weekend. So the answer would be alot!

    If my daughter asked that to me I'd tell her to go clean her room!
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    when i first started, i usually did 1 med to large quilt a month. i've slowed down some
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    I just finished my third one this year...got 2 more to get done by July...and they are all big quilts..I only work on one project at a time though..

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    Depends on what I am working on. But I tend to be a slow methodical piecer. So I finish 3 or 4 a year but don't ask about the number of UFO's sitting around.
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    Like many quilters it depends on what is going on in my life, what quilts I need to make for gifts, how easy or challenging the pattern is and the size. Fortunately I have a long arm so am able to do a quilt from start to finish. My goal is to complete a quilt before I start another one!
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    Probably 4 or 5 a month. I'm "early retired" so I'm lucky to have at least 4 hours a day of sewing time.

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    Oh I make as many as I gain pleasure making. This is a hobby not a race I enjoy finding new patterns but more pleasure from techniques. Start a new one when I feel I want to and work on it as long as I feel satisfied. The quilt police are not time watching or saying when to finish. Enjoy find pleasure and fulfilment from each quilt no matter how quickly it happens or how slowly.satisfaction is yours not others.
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    I work full time and I make about four (lap quilt size) a year. This year it will be three.

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    there is no (average) in my world....sometimes i may (throw together) 2 or 3 in a week- some take me 4-5 years or more---in a pinch i can put together a quilt in a weekend if i need to- i don't do many small quilts 95% of mine are queen or king sized & i don't do easy patterns often unless it's a special request- but it still depends on the project- between the donation quilts (downey quilts for kids, the women's resource center shelter mostly) the gifts & the sales i make 15-50 quilts a year...some years are more (productive) than others- some months are busier than others...i may set a week aside to put together donation quilts & make 10 in that week- then i may not make another quilt for 2 or 3 months...i am always working on numerous quilts at one time & sometimes they are (in progress) for 3-4 months-then all of a sudden i may have 6 come together seems like all at once...then a week of quilting them & bindings...it's all an ongoing thing= with no rhyme or reason.
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    I go in spurts as well but I work full time plus go to school so my time is pretty limited. Even so, I think money would keep me from making very many in a short period of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EllieGirl View Post
    I have been quilting three years. I have made four quilts since November 1. My daughter thinks it's a lot. I don't think it is. What is your average?
    I don't have an average. For the most part I don't do the simple style (turning 20, yellow brick road, etc) of quilts so it takes me longer to make a quilt. Some of them I quilt myself so that also adds to how long they take.

    Right now I'm working on a wall hanging series for myself. I'm about to send two wall hangings off to be quilted.

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    I would guess 4 full and 6 lap sizes and numerous baby quilts. Yesterday i was thinking i never get enough to time to quilt.

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    I just needed to comment, It is not a race. I just finished a baby quilt for a gift for a shower that is on the 23'd of this month. It is at the long armer's right now. I should get it back on Wed. so I have plenty of time to bind it. The quilt before this one was an "Ohmigosh" quilt. It is waiting to be sandwiched and quilted. It was kind of labor intensive and I feel like I need a break. I need to do "easy" projects for awhile. Maybe I will do a couple QOV quilts. I did that last year, and it felt good. Maybe I will assemble "kits" for some of my projects on my bucket list. That way I can fondle the fabric without actually making anything. I do have about 20 UFO's that are calling my name. Oh, the indecision!!!
    Sue

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    Depends on the quilt I am making smaller easy quilts are pretty fast and large difficult take a long time.

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