How Long Does a Quilt Take to Make???

To be honest, it takes quite a while. I mean, if I feel extremely motivated by the design, or I have a deadline to meet, I can do it in a week, but on average it takes about a month to go from start to finish. It takes about a week to design, because I meticulously design my quilts so I won’t have scraps, because I HATE wasting fabrics. So a lot of math goes into my quilt designs. Then it takes a week or two to iron, cut, and sew the fabric. Then another week or two to actually quilt the top down.

Now, in an ideal world I would be able to cut this down to two weeks for the entire project, but alas, I have to work to afford my quilting habit. Some day I would like to quilt as my way of making a living, but until that day comes, and I do see it somewhere on the horizon, I will be doing quilts as fast as I can, but that unfortunately means it will take about a month per quilt. I have gotten a break and I have had the past 2 weeks off, so in that 2 weeks, I have made 2 tops and I have started working on a design for a third.

I enjoy being this productive, but I keep running into the fear that I am rushing the creative process. I’m not going to lie, the color schemes of my last 2 quilts have not made me the happiest camper in the world. I rushed with mulboth of them, and the look contrived to me. Everything else I have done, I have done by making and altering multiple drafts before my iron even hits a fat quarter. I’m really hoping this quilt top, that I refer to as ‘A Blooming 9 Patch with a Twist’, will invigorate me again. I don’t want to rush projects, I just would like to be more productive, and the two are very different.

So, now that you all really know how I feel, I think I shall sign off for the night… possibly.

Before I go, I should show you the other top I made that does not thrill me. This only took me one day to cut and sew, so even I feel like it’s processed was rushed, but maybe I just messed up on the color choices. Click Here to check it out.

Here it is!

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