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Thread: Quilting Diary

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    Super Member IrishgalfromNJ's Avatar
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    Feb 2013
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    Quilting Diary

    I started a new quilt top this morning. I only work on one quilt at a time because I work full time and it takes me 2 months to finish a lap quilt. Anyway, I thought with this quilt I would keep track of the number of hours I work on it and how long each task takes. I'm also going to keep track of how many bobbins I wind and how often I have to clean out the lint from the bobbin area. This morning I spent 1 1/2 hours ironing and starching 6 pieces of fabric and cutting 6 - 2 1/2" strips from each fabric for a total of 36 strips. Then I cleaned my machine, wound 4 bobbins and changed the needle on my machine, that took me 15 minutes.

    Does anyone else keep track of their time or the number of bobbins you wind for a project?

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    Super Member Quiltngolfer's Avatar
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    Nov 2011
    No, I don't keep track of time and bobbins, but I am keeping a quilt diary this year of the quilts I finish. I am keeping a picture and a little information on the pattern name, size, and who received it.

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    Super Member JudyTheSewer's Avatar
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    Aug 2011
    Sparks, NV
    I do not keep track of bobbin fills or time spent in the sewing process. I am a very slow quilter. I design most of my quilts in EQ7 and so use the date in the saved name of that quilt project. Then, once finished and the quilt is ready to mail, I take a digital snapshot of it and save that on my PC's hard drive; again with the date. With these two dates, I know roughly how many weeks/months it took to make the quilt. It does not at all tell me the effort involved though. Since I usually piece both the fronts and backs of my quilts they do take me a long time. I started a quilt back in November 2012 and I am still putting the borders on the pieced backing!

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    Super Member Jan in VA's Avatar
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    Piedmont Virginia in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mtns.
    Oh, my lands, that already sounds depressing....an hour and 45 minutes and you haven't even started sewing! Yet that's what most of us do.
    You've convinced me to never keep track, just focus on "the good stuff"!
    But, you go for it, girl!

    Jan in VA
    Jan in VA
    Living in the foothills
    peacefully colors my world.

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    Junior Member ArlaJo's Avatar
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    Nov 2012
    Tacoma WA
    I could never keep track. I usually have 2 or 3 projects going at once and besides if I had to keep track of time, it would feel like a job. This way I do it just for me and those who get the results.

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    Super Member Pat625's Avatar
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    Mar 2012
    North Pole
    I would lose the notebook!!

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    Super Member EasyPeezy's Avatar
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    Mar 2010
    I tried but failed miserably. I'm with Jan...I'd rather be sewing.
    Good for you if you can keep up. Sometimes I wish I kept that diary up-to-date.
    It's nice when you have UFO's and want to know what stitches or what thread
    you used. I never kept track of hours or amount of thread though. Way too much
    for me. LOL

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