When you work in a quilting store, the hands-down most common question you will hear from those who are just starting out is, “How long does it take to make a quilt?” In our opinion, this is a very loaded question and although we would love to be able to provide one set answer to this, it’s pretty much impossible. This is probably why instead of offering an exact time whenever someone asks an avid quilter how long it took to make one of their creations, they simply reply with a smile and a, “Too long.” It’s just easier!
So why exactly can’t you pin down an exact amount of time for making a quilt from start to finish? Well simply speaking, no two quilts are created equal. The time it takes to create a new quilt depends heavily not only on the size you want, but they type of fabric you’re using, how complex the design is and how experienced you are. Additionally, it’s important to take into consideration how often you plan to work on it. While there are some who have the time to sit down and work on a quilt for hours at a time, there are others that an only devote a half hour or an hour each day.
Regardless of one day or 75 days to finish a single quilt, that’s okay! The great thing about quilting is that you are making something that is entirely your own and the entire process is supposed to be fun! Don’t rush through the process just because you think that you should have been done ages ago. When the time finally does come that you’ve stitched your last pattern, you won’t even be able to describe the amount of pride you feel in yourself – and it’s that feeling that makes the time spent totally worth it!