Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Is quilting really supposed to be "Quick and Easy"? >

Is quilting really supposed to be "Quick and Easy"?

Is quilting really supposed to be "Quick and Easy"?

Old 07-15-2018, 08:02 AM
Thread Starter
jackie o.'s Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 32
Default Is quilting really supposed to be "Quick and Easy"?

I see countless ads for patterns described as "quick" or "easy" and I realize that some patterns are easier to cut and piece than others. But, for me, those adjectives don't exactly match what I feel is more of a slow, deliberate process and an art. Or maybe it's me, but I've been piecing quilts for more than 20 years, and although I've learned techniques that have improved my skills, I still don't really find anything quick and easy about it (but I love doing it!). I still enjoy the process of choosing fabrics, and searching for patterns, but sometimes it seems that the faster I try to go, the slower it actually Does go!!

Any opinions/comments?


Last edited by QuiltnNan; 07-15-2018 at 08:28 AM. Reason: remove shouting/all caps
jackie o. is offline  
Old 07-15-2018, 08:32 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Newnan, Georgia
Posts: 630

For me, I don't care if is a "quick" or "easy" pattern. If I want to do a pattern I just do it. Like you, I love all of the process of quilting. I take my time and enjoy the process. The more enjoyment I get from making a quilt, I fell that I do a better job. I also have been quilting for more then 20 years.
Eva Knight is offline  
Old 07-15-2018, 08:37 AM
Senior Member
Quilter 53's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Talkeetna, Alaska
Posts: 364

For me, "quick and easy" AKA jelly roll or charm square patterns don't interest me. I'm drawn to pinwheels, HST, fading colors from one block to another, applique and almost anything that is done on point. But those are also the techniques that are challenging for me. My color choices are not necessarily the best and I have my daughters double check that for me. I too have learned new techniques to make what ever pattern I choose easier to cut and piece.
That being said, some days everything falls in to place and it is indeed "fast and easy" and I'm amazed at how much I've accomplished in a short period of time. Other days, everything goes wrong and I have to walk away and find something else to do (housework?). As long as I continue to enjoy the process, I'll keep challenging myself and striving for the next block to be better than the last.
Quilter 53 is offline  
Old 07-15-2018, 08:38 AM
Senior Member
Quilter 53's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Talkeetna, Alaska
Posts: 364

Have to add it's been an 18 year learning experience for me.
Quilter 53 is offline  
Old 07-15-2018, 08:46 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 2,852

8 years here and still waiting for quick and easy. Because I do not use pieces smaller that 2 1/2", mine should go more quickly although that doesn't seem to be true. I did not enjoy the jelly roll face quilt, but I do like some easier patterns.
Irishrose2 is offline  
Old 07-15-2018, 09:03 AM
Super Member
Nanny's dollface's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: So. California
Posts: 1,447

Lol when I read the topic. I don’t know of any quilt to be fast and easy that is pleasing to my eye. Even if it’s a jelly roll race , I need to make sure I take 1/4 in seams. I tend to go more for quilts that have piecings. I get bored easy with so called easy quilts. The jelly roll race quilt - did it once and that was enough- was bored out of my mind. Lol
Nanny's dollface is offline  
Old 07-15-2018, 09:23 AM
Super Member
JenniePenny's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 4,537

I prefer the challenging patterns, and I like to enjoy the whole process.
JenniePenny is offline  
Old 07-15-2018, 09:34 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Posts: 9,475

I really don't think there is an easy quilt pattern but I feel if we enjoy the process it really is fun. As far as quick quilt, that really depends on how long we get to sew or piece each day. I am a slow sewer anyway but sure do love the process of making a quilt.
Jordan is offline  
Old 07-15-2018, 10:01 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 2,330

There is no quick and easy for me. I am constantly amazed by pics posted that say "I made this yesterday..." or some variation of that. I love quilting, and every aspect of it. But...it takes me forever! I think and mull for a long time. I may cut, then think, then iron, and then piece. I over think everything. I also can't spend hours on end quilting as there is so much else that also needs to be done. I still love the process though, and just keep plugging along!
Anniedeb is offline  
Old 07-15-2018, 10:07 AM
Power Poster
sewbizgirl's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 24,493

"Quick and Easy" are big marketing words. They think that's what we want. Something for nothing... in this case, time.

The most beautiful quilts have obvious work and thought put into them. But the quickies have their place too. Many people sew for charity and are always looking for attractive patterns that don't take forever to put together. They can make and donate more that way!

Some people don't have the patience to work too long on one quilt. Better they have some quick patterns to make than give up on quilting as being too hard. There's a place for both kinds of quilting... 'quick and easy', and 'slow but steady'.
sewbizgirl is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
General Chit-Chat (non-quilting talk)
08-31-2015 06:14 PM
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
04-01-2012 02:42 AM
12-17-2011 02:06 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter