So keeping a time log has been an interesting exercise. If you read that last sentence and thought it sounded about as exciting as busting out the seam ripper or basting a quilt, just click away from this post now.
Last we left off, I had cut all my strip sets into 320 quarter-square triangles. I spent half an hour pairing those triangles up to be sewn (and owning Jeopardy — there was a category about Texas today!)
And then it took a little more than an hour (or one This American Life podcast) — and a bit more than a bobbin — to piece them. Now I’m down to only 156 units. (If you’re good at math and you’re noticing that those numbers don’t exactly add up, it’s because I made my first strip set into two blocks right off the bat.)
After another hour of pressing…
…I got to pair up more triangles. This took half an hour. (The new Modern Family was awesome. If you missed it, it’s worth Hulu-ing.)
Another bobbin, another This American Life podcast, another hour, and the blocks were all pieced. One more hour at the ironing board, and …
… voila! Finished blocks. All 80 of them.
So, to sum up:
cutting — 2 hours pairing/pinning — 1½ hours piecing — 4½ hours pressing — 3 hours
Eleven hours, ladies and gents. That’s almost $80 of labor at Texas’ minimum wage, and you’re just looking at a stack of (frankly, pretty simple) blocks. This is why I don’t sell quilts.
I honestly didn’t notice until I had this all written out and was proofreading that I accidentally inserted a pun toward the end. And it occurred to me during my last 20 or so minutes of ironing how appropriate this block is for this exercise.