I decided to track how much time it takes to make this quilt. Folks frequently ask me how long it takes to make my quilts but I've been bad at making notes. So here was an opportunity. The results? Just picking out the fabrics took an hour, including pulling the pre-cut squares. Cutting the background triangles and the additional squares took another 30 minutes. This would have been longer except that about 75% of the squares were pre-cut. Marking the sewing lines using the Perfect Corner Ruler took 30 minutes, sewing the triangles took an hour, pressing and trimming the squares took 30 min. Deciding on the exact layout added another 30, so I'm up to 4 hours at this point.
Deciding the layout took some extra time on this one. Initially I was going to do a random layout similar to the quilt above. I sewed all the corner triangles on, trimmed the blocks, then put it back up on the design wall. Standing in the doorway to my sewing room I decided I really wasn't excited about the random arrangement. It just seemed kind of spotty with the small 4" squares.
As frequently happens, one idea leads to another. I was looking at the blocs on the design wall and remembered seeing a quilt several years ago with X's and O's. I flipped a few squares and Viola! Hugs and Kisses. Definitely something the little girl will like. She's almost 4 years old so I wanted the quilt to be larger than my usual baby quilt size. I added the extra precut squares that I had pulled at first but didn't need for the center of the quilt. Fortunately I hadn't put them away yet. I love how this turned out and it used a bunch of precut squares. Oh and the grand total time spent (before quilting) was between 7 & 8 hours (I forgot to note my start time a couple of evenings). Those pre-cut squares save so much time, both time to cut and time to re-fold and put away the fabrics. Quilting and binding typically take about an hour each, so my previous estimates of 10 hours is about right.
|Hugs and Kisses Color Block|
I can't wait to give this one away. It's turned out so well and I'm sure the little girl is going to love it. It has lots and lots of animals, including a unicorn. It even has her name (Georgia) and where she lives (Texas). Hopefully I'll have a picture of her playing with it soon.