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Old 02-22-2012, 08:38 AM
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Just a general question: How long does it typically take you to make a quilt top? Not a "race-to-finish" top, but a standard full-to-queen sized with a fair amount of piecing?

I'm curious because I'm going to have to "trade services" to get a quilt top I need made. It's a specific applique pattern every other block and a fan on the other blocks. I'm wondering how long it would take from beginning to end! Then I started pondering and thought it would be fun to get everyone's "times"!
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:49 AM
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What kind of applique? If it's needle turn, that would take me a month to 6 months depending on how complex the design was to do those blocks. If it's machine applique, about a week for the applique blocks and maybe a 2 weeks for the pieced blocks. I seldom work on the same project from start to finish so it's hard to say. Quilting is my fun time so I don't rush.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:53 AM
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As each quilt pattern is a bit different it can be tough to get a true measurement. I have done full bed size log cabins , 1.5 inch cut logs in 8 days but that included 1 1/2- 2 days of sorting scraps , ironing, starching, and cutting from very irregular scraps. That does not include quilting. Needless to say I must have been in the mood.
I do find that even for some of the more complicated patterns .. if I do not have it done in 6 -7 weeks , there is a good chance it will never be done. My threshold for working with the same textiles/pattern for more than several weeks can be a bit low, plus the motivation to move on to the next is pretty high.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:55 AM
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I did a Trip around the World In two weeks from start to finish...other quilts any where from two-4 months depending on pattern and complexity
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:35 AM
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Depends on pattern, and of course how much time I have to work on it,LOL
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:37 AM
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Always a lot longer than I think it will!
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:15 AM
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That is a loaded questions! Depends upon tooo many things. Of course the pattern is number one, then the size and the number of pieces that have to be cut. Then each sew-er sews differently ~ some are speed demons and others are creepy crawlers. Then of course one should factor in un-sewing. ;(

A friend says that Eleanor Burns lied about 'a quilt in a day', because it took her a whole lot longer.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:16 AM
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I did a queen size bargello in just over 2 weeks
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:34 AM
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I make a lot of different full sized quilts, although none have been applique. Based on the audiobooks I play while quilting stuff, would say it takes 40-50 hours for me to piece a top from cutting to finishing the borders. I do not have a design board, which honestly does slow you down. I do a lot of shortcut techniques, but some things just have no fast way of being done.

Eleanor Burns lied about 'a quilt in a day',
Actually, not true. I have done a full sized Log cabin in about 8 hours, from cutting to finishing the top. You can actually have it stuffed and on the bed in another 2 hours. I was a lot younger then. These days, I can only sew for about 3-4 hours in a day.

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Old 02-22-2012, 11:06 AM
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Since I do my quilting in odd moments between doing everything else in my life, a completed quilt can take anywhere from a day or two to months or years.
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