How Long Does it Take to Make a Quilt?

How long does it take to make a quilt? I never know how to answer that question, so I often say “a few months”. When I work on a quilt I don’t work on it full time. I have my clients’ quilts to quilt for them, smaller projects to work on, and just regular life.

While working on E Pluribus Unum I kept a rough diary of how long I worked on the piece. I started thinking about E Pluribus Unum in October 2011, began actively working on it in November 2011 and finished the quilt about February 1, 2012. That’s a few months, right?

The big question is how many hours did I work on it? About 100 hours. 80 hours of that was active working time. I also conservatively added in an additional 20 unrecorded hours. That 20 hours includes time spent fabric shopping, sitting and pondering the design layout, and talking through design problems with my trusty and trusted quilt friends.

Here is the breakdown:

  • Sorting and pulling fabrics from my stash – 3 hours
  • Cutting and appliqueing on the George heads – 48 hours
  • Designing and laying out the squares on the wall – 4 hours
  • Sewing squares together – 4.5 hours
  • Quilting – 13 hours
  • Binding – 5 hours
  • Adding a sleeve and label – 1.5 hour
  • Grooming (removing extra threads, cat hair etc.) – 1 hour
  • Unrecorded shopping/pondering/looking – 20 hours

This is just one example. Not every quilt takes nearly 100 hours to make, and lots of quilts take many, many more than 100 hours.

And now the next question is how much does it cost to make a quilt?? I’ll save that for another post.

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