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Thread: Quilt In A Day - Or Years?

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    Senior Member Joy Higdon's Avatar
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    Is it just that I am so slow or do any of you have a problem with those quilt in a day projects? I finally after about 3 yrs pulled a project out of the bag and started it. It is one of those quilt in a day patterns. Grandmother's Flower Garden. My goodness it took more than a day to cut it. Then each step in piecing the basket takes pressing, measuring and squaring. After the baskets are pieced I still have to hand applique all the flowers in the basket. So much for quilt in a day.

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    One thing the Quilt in a Day is her trade name?I would applique while watching TV.I think it's well worth your time.

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    I've been quilting for many years and I can't do the Quilt in a Day in one day. The very easy patterns (like Turning Twenty) can be done in a day. The bigger pieces and fewer of them go together fast.

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    On my appliqué quilt in a day, I took a block a month class at guild.... once I finished the quilt, I named it "It's a Long Day!

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    when we have our quilting retreat and sew from 7am to 12 pm some us about 1/2 can get a whole top done with borders.YEA so much fun last weekend in feb I cant wait

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    LOL It is the trade name. You could make a small top out of the log cabin pattern in one day but many of the other patterns take much longer and I think you have one of the more intensive ones. Very pretty pattern though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    On my appliqué quilt in a day, I took a block a month class at guild.... once I finished the quilt, I named it "It's a Long Day!
    Lol! :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joy Higdon
    Is it just that I am so slow or do any of you have a problem with those quilt in a day projects? I finally after about 3 yrs pulled a project out of the bag and started it. It is one of those quilt in a day patterns. Grandmother's Flower Garden. My goodness it took more than a day to cut it. Then each step in piecing the basket takes pressing, measuring and squaring. After the baskets are pieced I still have to hand applique all the flowers in the basket. So much for quilt in a day.
    No, It is just a trade name takes me a day to make my mind up of what pattern to make and then a week reassuring myself that I can do it.

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    Maybe it means a crib sized quilt in a day? :)

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    Eleanor Burns has seminars where she teaches from her Quilt in A Day series of books, and a lot of her students do get tops done in a day. I've never been able to do that, and could only do it if a day had 1,392 hours in it!

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    Quilt in a ________ is what it should be. Some of could find some pretty creative words for that blank I bet. I think I saw a thread today quilt in my caboose or something like that. Me and my friends joke about the "quilt in a day" all the time. If only there were more hours in a day and I could be guaranteed that a portion of them could only be used for quilting.

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    My quilt in a day has taken me four or five years! I am still not done, cuz I ran out of fabric! LOL!

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    I've done some of her (Eleanor Burns) patterns, and have managed to get the top sewn together in a day.
    Have since moved on to other more intricate patterns, but they were great learning lessons!

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    I think it's just her trademark now. But I just finished one which I could easily have done in a day if I'd had a whole day to devote to sewing. It went together pretty fast for me.

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    i have done many "quilt in a day star quilts" from E Burns and have no trouble finishing in 7 or 8 hours. it is a great pattern for making a gift real quick and turns out really pretty. it then takes me a few hours to quilt it on my domestic machine and bind it. erma bauer, ks

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    I have done a Quilt in A Day... I had my three daughters here to help me! There is no way I can do it and I don't think that is the real meaning behind QIAD. I like to enjoy the process and if I had to make all my quilts in a day I would just quit quilting.

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    I wish I had a whole day to sew. And no, I can't finish her quilt in one day. Took a class and after 4 hours still had not finished cutting. But I know I am slow. I did one of the Patchwork Party quilts and 1 block took me almost 8 hours just to cut!

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    Look at your beautiful avatar! Maybe it takes you more than a day because you obviously savor what you do, and you do absolutely beautiful work! Who cares what the title says? I love your work!

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    I think the original idea of "quilt in a day" was for a class. You and a friend did the quilt. One was cutting and pressing while the other did the stitching. Most of the simpler quilt tops could actually be completed in an 8 hour class. It was just for the top and not the quilting and binding. I remember when this first came out and shops etc. had quilt in a day classes. In the shops they usually had this on two days. Then the two stitchers could change places and both ended up with a top "in a day".

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    Usually , I can`t even pick out the fabrics in one day!

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    Sounds like I am the odd one here but I have done several quilt in a day log cabins. They take a day for a king size and that is from strip cutting to tieing the quilt. Now that was when I had a better back. Now it takes me a couple of days. But a few years ago I made 19 Log Cabins between Thanksgiving and Christmas for gifts. They were all sizes from baby to king. Not thinking I could do that anymore. I do have Eleanor Burns still stripping that I want to make some quilts from. All of my quickie quilts made like this are meant to be used and not be for shows and keepsakes.
    JeanneZ

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    I started with one of Eleanor Burns "QIADay) in 4 hours, I was able to make a few squares.. went home, made the other squares, and finished the top the nest day at home... A wonderful learning experience... We learned to cut, pin, stitch, sew, and continue... Went to a wonderful quilt shop, and have been working ever since... (The first quilt shop was lousy, and went out of business quickly after that..) Diana

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    I made that one years ago, and it took me some time. Don't give up, it will turn out beautiful.

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    No, not your problem. I went to a quilt in a day class and had to come back the next week (so did everyone else) to just finish the top. the quilting and binding took another day. False advertising??!!?? LOL!

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    Lol* I don't know if I could finish many of those Quilt in a Day tops in a day either. I did a disappearing 9 patch a few years ago...I think she calls it a Tossed 9 Patch...in a day as a project to do with my Mom who is new to quilting. Some of her techniques, while they may not be something I could zip right through, are really clever and faster than some of the older piecing methods though. ;)

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