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    Super Member katyquilter's Avatar
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    Last night I went to our Library book sale and found a copy of Eleanor Burns' Quilt in a Day "Delectable Mountains Quilt" - it looks new and included the delectable mountains ruler. Has anyone ever made this quilt pattern and is it really "quilt in a day"? I'm anxious to try it as it doesn't look too complicated once I read the instructions five times.

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    That's a great old pattern. I haven't used her method, but working pairs of squares and re-arranging lights and darks, it does go fast. I've gotten tops done in a day, never a whole quilt.

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    I have the pattern but yet to make one. one day!!!

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    I made a sunbonnet sue quilti n a weekend, but I've never gotten a whole quilt done in a day. Have a great day, HUggies, Fay

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    I have the pattern but yet to make one. one day!!!
    Me too!!!

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    My sister has, she is at work so won't be able to answer until later this evening. I will leave an email for her.

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    "Quilt in a Day" is a myth! The time frame that is..... not the pattern. I can't imagine doing a quilt in a day. ANY quilt! Unless a day = 24 hours straight, with no cooking, no eating, no phone calls, no bathroom breaks, (!) no emergencies - little or big, no husband or kids in the house or anything else possible going on in the house. :-)

    I don't know about the pattern.

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    If you look at her website, you may be able to find the DVD to go with the pattern to make it even easier. Her methods are great!

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    I watched her tutorial on quilt tv and she made it look so easy that even I could do it, but actually doing it is another matter.

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    No, it's not a myth, if you are talking about making a quilt top. I pieced a card trick quilt from an Eleanor Burns book and starting with yardage, I cut and piece the top, including blocks and borders. And I took bathroom breaks and ate lunch and dinner, too. Of course, I was at a retreat, so didn't have to worry about cooking, cleaning, husband or kids.

    Of course, now that I'm an empty nester, I don't have to stop for kids, and my DH never bothers me when I'm at my machine!

    Quote Originally Posted by Central Ohio Quilter
    "Quilt in a Day" is a myth! The time frame that is..... not the pattern. I can't imagine doing a quilt in a day. ANY quilt! Unless a day = 24 hours straight, with no cooking, no eating, no phone calls, no bathroom breaks, (!) no emergencies - little or big, no husband or kids in the house or anything else possible going on in the house. :-)

    I don't know about the pattern.

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    That looks like a fantastic quilt! Fantastic score!!

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    I've made several of her quilts but not this one. If you follow her instructions and dont get ahead of yourself you can make any of her quilts. Just do follow what she says. Denise

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    Not even if I used only back and one sheet of fabric for the top would I get one done in one day..... :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Central Ohio Quilter
    "Quilt in a Day" is a myth! The time frame that is..... not the pattern. I can't imagine doing a quilt in a day. ANY quilt! Unless a day = 24 hours straight, with no cooking, no eating, no phone calls, no bathroom breaks, (!) no emergencies - little or big, no husband or kids in the house or anything else possible going on in the house. :-)

    I don't know about the pattern.
    I'm with you . Unless it is a doll quilt, then maybe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Central Ohio Quilter
    "Quilt in a Day" is a myth! The time frame that is..... not the pattern. I can't imagine doing a quilt in a day. ANY quilt! Unless a day = 24 hours straight, with no cooking, no eating, no phone calls, no bathroom breaks, (!) no emergencies - little or big, no husband or kids in the house or anything else possible going on in the house. :-)

    I don't know about the pattern.
    Eleanor Burns' sister comes to our guild as a speaker...one year she told us she did make a quilt in a day, but that it took her 21 hours of straight sewing. She said that was a "few" years back :wink: and that she wouldn't try it again.

    The Quilt in a Day came from Eleanor's original way to do log cabin blocks by chain sewing them. You can make a lot of blocks very fast and do a quilt very quickly...although not sure if it would be in a day!!

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    I did the card trick quilt in a day once- it took me 3 days!

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    I did her Orion Star quilt and it took many days. Her directions are great and she does show you shortcuts that work. I would do another one if the book was a great price.

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    I would be happy with a Quilt in a Week :D:D:D

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    I used Elenor Burn's Quilt in A Day Log Cabin to make several quilts. It has always taken me two days. I suppose if I didn't have to stop for the children and my DH I might be able to do it but my life is not built that way!

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    I made the Delectable Mountains by Eleanor Burns and really loved how the quilt came out. No, I didn't do it in one day, but I didn't mind. This is actually a very easy quilt to make. I plan to make another one soon. If you get stuck, feel free to PM me. Good luck!! :D

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    I love Eleanor Burns. I made a quilt from one of her books and while it took longer than a day, it was so clear and went together like a dream. I couldn't do anything in a day because I can't stay focused that long! Sew a seam, take a break, sew another seam, check email, sew a seam, get a snack, and so it goes! I use her techniques on other things I do and they are really good.

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    Some of the Eleanor Burns patterns CAN be pieced in a day -- the top only, of course.
    Pre-cut and ORGANIZE fabrics. Have lunch catered, and turn off the phone! Good luck!

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    Don't time yourself, just enjoy yourself.

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    I have done this but think Bonnie Hunts pattern is much easier. I have done both and did the Bonnie Hunt pattern several times. I did the QD pattern at Quilt in a Day.

    http://www.quiltville.com/delmts.shtml

    It is free and online
    Oh if you do the later pattern press all the seams of the mountains open if you plan to bud mountains up like they show on the cover quilt picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    The Quilt in a Day came from Eleanor's original way to do log cabin blocks by chain sewing them. You can make a lot of blocks very fast and do a quilt very quickly...although not sure if it would be in a day!!
    This is what I was told and it would be for cutting and piecing a smaller top more then the whole actual quilt. Many of the quilts are very do able and incorperate easy techniques that you can use again to design your own quilts.

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