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Thread: How much time do you spend piecing a quilt?

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    Super Member bamamama's Avatar
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    I started piecing Bonnie Hunter's "Spiderweb" yesterday in an effort to use up scraps. Theres no thought, not alot of precision cutting just PP'ing strips and after 2 FULL days of working non stop I only have enough blocks for a lap quilt.
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    Some patterns take time even when they appear to be easy. It's gonna be beautiful when you get it done.

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    I am not a fan of scrap quilts for just that reason. Seems like a lot of time is spent "getting it all together". Different than when I have specific fabrics and a pattern to cut.

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    piecing is not my fav. Seems like it takes forever, but when it all comes together and you can finally sew the blocks. it is so worth it.

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    And how fabulous that you didn't use white for the stars. Is that black or dark brown? It's very striking, and the blocks look great - a nice change from the same old, same old.

    You've got a nice pile of triangles piled up. What's wrong with a lap quilt? And really wide borders are a great look (and quickly enlarge the size of the quilt). :wink:

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    PP for me takes a long time. But sometimes it's just the best way to go.

    Depends on the pattern you're making usually. For me, I can make 12/15 Churn Dash blocks in about 2 hours from cutting to sewing and final pressing.

    Others, like Snails Trail take longer.

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    I am doing what I thought would be a fairly fast quilt top, a t-shirt quilt. Boy was I wrong. I have several LONG days in it already, and had help that whole time from my quilting buddy. So, I can definitely relate to the whole "this is taking way longer than I thought it would" feeling. But, like CloverPatch says, it is so worth it when it is done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamamama
    I started piecing Bonnie Hunter's "Spiderweb" yesterday in an effort to use up scraps. Theres no thought, not alot of precision cutting just PP'ing strips and after 2 FULL days of working non stop I only have enough blocks for a lap quilt.
    That's a great pattern/stash buster. Yes, using the stash like that is a huge pain. I don't. I use Bonnie's OTHER idea and make my spiderweb's and other piece/stash intensive quilts by using them as leaders/enders or place holders while chain sewing a quilt kit or something.

    Only problem is... I've been so successful and using the stash buster pieces as leaders/enders... that I now have two quilts all ready to have the blocks sew and sashed/bordered and finished. So that's two sets of queen sized quilt blocks all done at the same time! Yipes. But it went sew fast, I didn't even realize how much I got done, with less frustration!

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    For a new pattern, I make one block and from that I can figure out how to make the remaining blocks, hopefully the fastest way possible. Because scrappy quilts are my favorite I usually decide which colors I'll be using and how many strips/squares, etc. that I will need of each color. I then cut and start sewing. I find the piecing usually goes fairly quickly, it's the cutting and borders that can take lots of time for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    And how fabulous that you didn't use white for the stars. Is that black or dark brown? It's very striking, and the blocks look great - a nice change from the same old, same old.

    You've got a nice pile of triangles piled up. What's wrong with a lap quilt? And really wide borders are a great look (and quickly enlarge the size of the quilt). :wink:
    Its Black and.....LOL..... I've got alot of scraps to use up, the pile seems to be growing instead of getting used up! I thought I'd make a queen but we'll see if I make it that far.

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    I kind of go back and forth on how much piecing I want to do. It just depends......But I am itching for another intricately pieced quilts (like the ones in the Bella Bella book or a Judy Niemeyer pattern)..... Just have to find the one that is calling my name!

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    Love your pattern & colors, & it was from scraps.Even better yet!
    Going to be a very pretty quilt.

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    I really like this one so far. I can understand the time consuming. The last time I did pp'ing I never finished it due to the time it took. I cannot wait till you post your finished product, it is going to be beautiful!!

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    I appreciate the process so I don't mind when it takes a while.

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    I really like your spider web scrappy look...

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    Keep going! I'd like to see the finished product. Looks like a winner to me.

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    What youíve done so far is BEAUTIFUL! Love the colors and the black background. Iím a sloooow quilter. But someday I'll make some quicker quilts :-P

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    Love it, it is going to be beautiful!!

    I cut one out Sat, started piecing it Sat night, pressed it Sun, put the 9 patchs together after work and after class sewed it all together. Quick and easy, not very large; like a large baby quilt or small lap quilt. Border is not on, it is hanging in the Crafters Studio I work in as a sample for a learn to quilt class I will be teaching. Rail fence, and 9 patch blocks, jelly roll and accuquilt cutter in the studio.

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    looks great.some designs take more time but usually are worth the effort

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    just so you are aware, scraps do multiply. the more you try to use them up, the more there are. i do speak from experience. be aware.

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    I'm with MadQuilter--I love the process. Piecing is my favorite part of quilting. Enjoy the journey-it's not a race. I love what you've done so far-great job.

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    It's going to be a lovely quilt. I also find blocks sometimes take longer to piece than I thought they would. Although we all have many quilts we want to make, we need to remember making quilts is not about seeing how many we can complete and how quickly but enjoying the process and the satisfaction of our own creativity.

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    if it was quick and easy to make a quilt, many more people would be doing it. it takes time to create beauty... and yours is very beautiful. hang in there

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    It is gorgeous ...... keep going. Scraping takes longer, but so worth it in the end.

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    Wow I love it already. Seems worth the time.

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