How long does your quilt take?


I want to sell more quilts and need to make more than $2.50 an hour on each project. As a result, I’ve been timing my quilting and it’s been very instructive. Here’s the first quilt that I made that was timed.

Dragon Quilt

It took me 14 hours! It may not look difficult, but it involved fussy cutting the dragon fabric, as well as making 24 half-square triangles. That added up to a lot of time. Half square triangles require cutting out 3″ squares, making diagonal markings, sewing 1/4″ away from each marking, cutting the block in half, and trimming it. Although the result is pretty nice, I’m wondering if the average non-quilter would appreciate the work involved in this picture frame block.

I’m experimenting with a new pattern that just uses square blocks. I’ll post it when I get it done.

Three of my 14 hours were spent binding. Much of that is hand stitching the binding to the quilt. On my next project, I will sew the binding to the back and machine stitch it to the front. I doubt anyone will know the difference and it will actually be stronger.

Speaking of binding, I decided to bind the quilt in the same flannel I used for the back. Not recommended! The flannel is thicker and harder to work with. I know that you can purchase pre-cut bias binding for about $1.00 a foot and I think I’ll try this for a future quilt. Here’s a source for pre-cut bias binding:

By the way, my 17-year-old son loves this quilt. He doesn’t normally like anything I make, so I consider that a huge compliment. Here’s a close-up of one of the blocks.

Dragon quilt block


4 responses »

  1. This quilt is really awesome. I agree with your son. Your quilting worked really well with the design of the top. I’m actually surprised it only took 14 hours. I would have guessed longer. Hours and hours, at least that’s what my Lone Star feels like, perhaps I’m even creeping into days and days!

    I think your on the right track with your binding, as that is what I do and I feel like it always for more beating around and of course it gets the quilt done faster too.

  2. I hear you about the amount of time it takes to make a quilt. But since I’m not depending on my income to put food on the table, and it’s something I would be doing even if I weren’t selling them, I don’t worry too much about how long it takes. I usually throw in a few simpler designs that are faster to make along with the complicated ones.

    BTW, I do like your dragon quilt. It was worth going to all the trouble to fussy cut, etc.

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