>harsh clock

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bliss strips

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.

Here are the somewhat depressing results:

strip sets

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?

first two blocks

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?

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5 thoughts on “>harsh clock

  1. >Every time I try to finish something in a certain amount of time, it takes me so much longer than normal! But don't look at it as depressing – you're making a piece of art – those take time! Can't wait to see this finished quilt, the colors are lovely. 🙂

  2. >We certainly don't quilt to make money! I don't think people really realize how much time and $$ goes into a quilt or anything actually that is handmade. Recently at a shower, another woman was telling people it took her three hours to make a baby quilt start to finish. It was quite large and I wonder if she was being truthful…really cutting, piecing, sandwiching, quilting and binding???? Really???? I don't think I could do it even if the squares were precut….

  3. >I've paid attention to how long it takes me to make a quilt.. For my last swap quilt, which was only 17" X 17" (http://greycatquilts.blogspot.com/2010/06/modify-tradition-mini-quilt-modern.html), it took me a total of twenty hours. I about died when I tallied it up.But then I thought about… Sure, quilting takes time and effort and money. But isn't that what makes it so satisfying? I'm truly being creative. Anyone can collect things. It takes something special to make something beautiful.

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