I know I've been asked it. I'm sure I've even asked it, as in, "wow, how long did it take you to make that?" My usual response is, "too long" or "you don't want to know." Why the need to quantify? I think partly to add value (I put over 100 hours into this quilt!) or, as a quilter, to either consider or rule out ever making it (only a couple of weeks? I could do that!) Sometimes it's just to confirm that there are others out there just as
The other day, as I was pondering this heady question, I decided to give myself a little challenge. I'd make a quilt, start to finish, and time it. I had no expectations, no deadlines. I just wanted to see, for me, how long it would take.
This is how it went. I already had a bunch of fabric out from my mod mosaic quilt, so decided to go with that. And I recently saw this pattern that I wanted to try. Big pieces, simple piecing. Let the fabric do the talking.
1 PM - 2 PM Fabric cut and laid out:
2 PM - 4:30 PM Top Pieced, Back Pieced, Binding Made, Spray Basted:
This middle part probably didn't need to take that long. I sewed and then unsewed the long strips 4 times! Even though I had no expectations, I think because I was aware of the time, I tried to rush, and we know what happens when we try to rush. So, I think I could easily have shaved off a half our here! (Not that it's a competition or anything!)
5 PM - 6:30 PM Quilting and Binding:
At this point, I had a little dinner, watched a little TV, and hand sewed the binding to the back. I didn't count that into the official time. Had this been an actual competition, I would have. *grin*
A cute little baby quilt, ready in my stash, for the next cute little baby girl who comes into the world.
So, how long does it take to make a quilt? 5 hours. That's my answer and I'm sticking to it!