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How Long Did That Take You To Make

I often get asked how long a quilt takes me to make. Quilt appraisers might incorporate this information into an appraisal, but I think other makers ask this to understand the scope of the work that went into making the quilt and that they might want to make something similar. I personally like to loosely track my time so that I can set reasonable self-imposed goals (i.e. goals that don't add too much stress).

For the last several months, I've been roughly tracking my time to make various quilts to answer this question. Here is how the time breaks down on one of my recent quilts (quilt shown above with my photo assistant), an original design quilt that measures 54"x76":

Quilt Breakdown: Total 56 hours

Design: 2 hours

Initial strip piecing, planning, and organizing: 7 hours


Strip piecing (incl. cutting)

Organizing into for each row

Piecing “rows”: 27 hours

75% pressing

25% sewing

Quilting: 15 hours

Up & Downs: 8 hours

Across: 7 hours

Binding: 4 hours

Machine, first: 1 hour

Hand binding, second: 3 hours

Thread Burying: 1 hour

Effort Breakdown

I shortened this blog post from what I originally wrote here, because I decided to leave my totals open to interpretation. My intent is not to cause production envy, it's more to show a relative breakdown and explain that this particular quilt played to my strengths. My strengths here were translating an original linear/geometric design with strips finished at a half-inch, and finishing with domestic machine straight line quilting (with a walking foot). I did very minimal seam ripping here (on piecing and/or quilting), but there have been other designs where that is not the case.

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