I am currently heavy into piecing my new project. I like to think of ways to make things faster. I know many quilters say they love the process. Me, I love the finish. One thing I started today that seems to speed things up a bit - used my wooden iron for the little pieces.
Each 9" block has 30 pieces to be sewn together. I know, crazy design (but it is my crazy design). I hated getting up and ironing each. little. section. Now, I use this small tool until I get each of the four rows together, then press them and sew them up. I've got the time down from about 30 minutes per block to about 16-18 minutes.
I can't help but wonder.....does anyone else time how long it takes them to make a block, then figure up the time it takes to complete the project?
I'm liking the way it is coming together. So far, I've made 17 blocks. I am shooting for 20 this weekend.
As I was figuring up my finishing time, I was reminded of something I told myself years ago. I was working full time and contemplating going to night school to get my MBA degree. I knew it would probably take about five years. I was 38 at the time. I told myself in five years I would be 43, so I might as well be 43 with a master's degree. It helped me to think like that. I worked on the classes a little at a time, and in 5 years, I finished - on my schedule.
So, this quilt may take me 4-5 months, but if I make it, in 4-5 months I'll have a nice, big, beautiful, king size quilt of my own design.
Did something else today that I've never done. Used a miter saw, a brad nail gun, and a Kreg jig. I am learning how to use tools so I can make that king size bed, this quilt is going to cover. I was thrilled to learn some new things. I don' t need another hobby, but I have this insatiable desire to learn.
I worked on some practice pieces. Thank goodness for Youtube videos. I still have a lot to learn but I am feeling more confident that I can actually do it.
So tell me, do you figure out how long it takes to make a block? a quilt? do you give yourself goals for finishing? Inquiring minds want to know.