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Thread: What's the longest it's taken you to complete a quilt?

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    What's the longest it's taken you to complete a quilt?

    I am working on a completely by hand quilt, that I started a couple of years ago. It was actually one of the first quilts I ever designed and cut out! I loove hand sewing and quilting, I would just lose interest and put it aside for something else. Which I guess could also lead to another question: UFO's! LOL! I know I'm not the only one with a few of them laying around!

    I hope to have that quilt finished by Christmas. I have it about halfway quilted and it's simple quilting(outline) so it really won't take me long. I just moved and don't have a sewing room yet, so I'm working on it for a while. I can plop down on the couch and watch tv while I do it, so freeing! That's one of the reasons I love hand quilting, you can do it almost anywhere.

    So, am I the record for taking a few years to complete a quilt? Whats the longest it's taken you?

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    Haha! I didnt' realize, but that's it in my avatar! LOL!

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    It took 20 years to finish my first quilt. If they hadn't invented rotary cutters in the mean time it would have been my only quilt. It was put away for most of those years because I didn't know you could hand quilt without a frame and I didn't have one.

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    I can't beat twenty years :-) but I can come close, think it is about 18 years...and I still haven't finished it and never will! Detested the colors when I started it but wanted to use up my stash leftovers...still detest it! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    It took 20 years to finish my first quilt. If they hadn't invented rotary cutters in the mean time it would have been my only quilt. It was put away for most of those years because I didn't know you could hand quilt without a frame and I didn't have one.
    I just went to your blog to snoop around. :-) I love, love, love that black and white quilt!!!!

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    It took my 12 years from start to finish on my hand quilted sampler. Of course the birth of triplets slowed me down for a couple of years.

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    Ok, I feel better now, LOL! I get distracted so easy and there's so many pretty quilts to make! I see that most of us do this with one of our "beginner" quilts, too, don't we? We start them, then realize we can do better, so off we are to do a better one! LOL!

    ScissorQueen, I checked out your blog, too and also LOOOOVE the black and white quilt!

    And the fabric bowls!!! I want to make some of these so bad, but I live hours from any crafty type store (live in the boonies) so I guess I will have to order the stuff online. I love how they look, though! I've been looking for a low, shallow bowl for my coffee table and I could totally customize these!
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    I still have the box and two blocks and fabric from my Bi-Centennial quilt, started in 1974. Does this make it a work in progress, a work forgotten in the process, an abandoned quilt. Or, one that had good intentions to begin with but dropped by the wayside. Perhaps it is time to let it go and use the fabric for something else. But this doesn't answer your question which is about a quilt that is worked on periodically and not abandoned to the back of the closet.
    I have one that have been working on now for about a year and do pick it up occasionally to make a few new blocks.

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    This morning I finished a wall hanging that I started in 1998.

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    I can tell its going to be the Dear Jane I'm doing now! I'll let you know in a few or 20 years!
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    I've had some of those kinds of quilts. They seem to get pushed aside. I guess you had better get it out and get cracking on it. I guess I'd better do the same.
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    Two years. Did the blocks as a BOM but just couldn't decide how I wanted to finish the center design and sashing. Now it's at the LArs and the binding is ready and waiting.
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    2 years but I didn't work on it consistently probably would have taken me 3 months if I worked on it constantly with work

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    It took me 35 years to finish my 10th anniversary memory quilt! We are now at 44 years.
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    11 years & counting---could take another 11- we shall see- it's far from completion!...i have finished a couple recently that took 10 years---so there is hope.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    Oh, I forgot my Farmer's Wife quilt, too! I started it when everyone here did, in 2011, I think? I did great at first, now I haven't worked on it in a long time. I really, really, really like that quilt, too. In ten years someone else will probably post this and I'll probably say that quilt, LOL!

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    For the quilters that posted that they just finished one that was a long time in the works, I bet that's an awesome feeling!!!

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    I started my very first quilt in July of 2006, thought the fabrics were too garish to be in a quilt, and finally finished it in January 2012. My tastes must have changed, because I loved the quilt when it was done. http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...s-t174293.html

    I just joined a new guild on Thursday, and if I remember correctly one of the members brought in a quilt that was made from a UFO about 30 years old.

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    I'll have to tell you when I finsh my first quilt, started in 1989. I have finished a bunch since then but that one still sits unfinished. Maybe I'll finish it before I die. Maybe.
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    This is a wholecloth quilt that is being hand quilted. Started it about 25 years ago and it only needs one border to be completed. Alas it is using that thick awful wadding but I must get it out again and see if I can finish it.

    It took me 7 years to finish my first 'sampler' quilt and I still use it today.
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    I have a 22-year old UFO and I have all intention of finishing it one of these days.
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    The second quilt I made - about 30 years. Started it the day Ronald Reagan was shot and finished it during the 2002 Olympics. It was machine pieced and hand quilted.

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    I put mine up on the wall today. Back in 98 we didn't have the easy ways to make hst and I see lots of bad points. I bet it would look much better if I did another now with the new techniques.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dellareya View Post
    It took my 12 years from start to finish on my hand quilted sampler. Of course the birth of triplets slowed me down for a couple of years.
    My word... triplets would've sent me straight over the edge! I took my first quilting class because I had what we used to describe as the baby from hell at home & I needed the break... LOL! Come to find out, she just was getting all her "ickiness" out right at the first and about age 2, she turned into the most wonderful child a mother could ever hope for (can you tell I'm just a little bit proud of my DD?). But, had she not been such a booger as a baby, I wouldn't be a quilter today. My hat is off to you!
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    I have some blocks I started... well, it was before I went back to college & that was 1997. I was just thinking about them the other day. I'd love to make them into a quilt for my DD (they're a "Barrister's Block" variation & she's a fairly newly-minted lawyer) but they're so old, I don't have the pattern anymore, not to mention the fabric is long gone. I don't think I have enough for a full-sized quilt so maybe I'll set them diagonally or something. I'd set them together with a plain square but the pattern works so much better set side-by-side. That' the problem with taking so long to finish a project. Have y'all found that to be true?

    I used to not mind working on things for a long time but anymore I want speedy. And to think when I first started quilting I was cutting out templates with scissors! How things have changed!
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