I, just like many of you, I’m sure, repeatedly get asked “How long does something like that take you?” Now, my usual answer is something to the effect of: “I don’t really time myself. I do this for fun, and I don’t want to turn it into a chore.” But over the holidays I got asked that question so many times, I actually started to get curious. So when I started working on my doube hourglass quilt, I decided to pay attention to the clock — or to how many episodes of This American Life I listened to while doing something.
It took two full hours (and two full bobbins) just to sew 40 strip sets together. Two hours! (That’s two episodes of Jeopardy on DVR and one This American Life podcast, in case you were wondering.)
Then I spend another hour just to press them. But don’t they look all pretty hanging on the back of my recliner?
It took two more hours to cut the strip sets up into — wait for it — 320 quarter-square triangles. I would hate to think how long it would have taken if I weren’t using this awesome ruler I picked up at Jo-Ann’s yesterday afternoon.
So I’m five hours in. How long do you think it’ll take me to make 78 more blocks?