How Long Does It Take To Make A Quilt (series)? Graphic: How to make the most of your quilting time: great tips from great quilters. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

How Long Does It Take To Make A Quilt?

It Depends On How You Make the Most of Your Quilting Time!

‘How long does it take to make a quilt?’ is a question most of us are asked at some point. It’s what every new quilter and non-quilter wants to know. And the next thing you’re likely to hear is “you must have the patience of a saint!”. Um no!  But really, asking how long it takes to make a quilt is like asking how long is a piece of the proverbial string. And we all know the answer to that one. Mostly it takes a long time to make a quilt: anything from a week or two (if you’re quick!), a month or two, to a decade or two. Most of us are making more than one quilt at any given time, so unless we take careful notes (who does that?) we actually have no accurate idea.  And yet…

And yet, it hasn’t escaped my notice that some of my favourite quilters make so many great quilts. Come the year’s end, when it’s customary to review the previous 12 months’ endeavours, these talented people appear to have ticked off a list of at least 100 quilt finishes. Each. Ok, I concede, grudgingly, that that might be a slight exaggeration, but I bet you know what I mean. These are the kind of quilters that leave you standing in their wake, with your jaw dropping to the floor wondering what it is they do that you so obviously don’t…

So exactly how long does it take to make a quilt?  And more importantly how can you become more productive yourself, will it take superhuman powers?  I decided to find out:

I asked three of my favourite quilters how they keep their needles so busy!

Hand made quilt 'Charley Harper' © Kaja Ziesler 2015, www.sewslowly.com (Illustrated in article 'How long does it take to make a quilt?' )

Kaja Zieler’s  ‘Charley Parker’ hand quilted lap quilt

 

I wanted to know if they make their quilts to a plan, if they’re super organised, or if they have any other life! I wanted to know what motivates them and what stops them getting distracted. In fact, I had a whole heap of questions about how long it takes to make a quilt and who better to learn from than these illustrious quilters:

Audrey from Quilty Folk, Ann from Fret Not Yourself and Kaja from Sew Slowly

Handmade quilt 'Scrap Basket' © Audrey Easter, 2015

‘Scrap Basket’ (detail). Audrey Easter’s hand quilted entry into the Bloggers Quilt Festival, 2015

Audrey, Ann and Kaja all make wonderful quilts using very different methods. Ann quilts by machine, Audrey is the queen of hand appliqué and quilts by hand (sometimes with a wee bit of machine quilting) and Kaja quilts solely by hand.

In 2015 they all finished a different number of quilts: Ann 20; Audrey 12 and Kaja 3.

Each quilter makes a range of different size quilts and generally has several tops underway too – and of course they all have different demands on their time. But it’s not the quantity of quilts they make that’s important. What’s interesting is that they all make such individual quilts, many of them complicated designs and each in their own distinctive style. This kind of creativity takes time to nurture, yet they come up with fantastic quilt after fantastic quilt time after time – let’s find out how they do it!

Improv curve quilt © Ann Brooks, 2015 www.fretnotyourself.blogspot.com

Ann Brook’s dazzling ‘Improv Curve Quilt’

How Long Does It Take To Make A Quilt?

I realised that asking the simple question ‘how long does it take to make a quilt?’ wouldn’t really help us understand how Ann, Kaja and Audrey seem to make so many inspirational quilts. It’s more helpful to know:

  • how they nurture their creativity and
  • how they organise themselves so that creativity can flow more easily.

Read the articles below to find out Ann, Kaja and Audrey’s secrets to success!

How Long Does It Take To Make A Quilt? (series) Graphic: How to make the most of your quilting time with Ann Brooks. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

How Long Does It Take To Make A Quilt? (series) Graphic: How to make the most of your quilting time with Kaja Ziesler of SewSlowly.com. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

How Long Does It Take To Make A Quilt? (series) Graphic: How to Make the Most of Your Quilting Time, with Audrey Easter. A conversation with Stephanie Boon, 2016. www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Ann, Kaja and Audrey have been really generous and shared what makes them tick, what demands they have on their time and how they make the most of the time they have for quilting. We’ll also discover:

My thanks go to all three quilters for taking time out of their day to share their experiences and tips with us, it was such a pleasure! Enjoy reading the articles, pick up a tip or two and join in the conversations with Ann, Kaja and Audrey.

I’d love to know what hinders your quilting time too and what you do to overcome it. Leave a comment and let’s help each other out!

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com