Skills and Techniques

How Long Does It Take?

Just a fun little story to start today:  My cousin (who did not know how to sew at the time) came to me in November to make quilts for her immediate family for Christmas.  I asked her how many quilts are you thinking of doing?  She said, “About 10 twin size quilts.”  This with us spending only about 2 hours per week on them.

When I’m talking about my quilts, one of the first questions that is asked is:  “How long does it take for you to make a quilt?”

To help you all be a part of my world for a bit, I would like to share with you the time it takes to make a quilt and my thought process for how I come to the price I charge.

There are certain factors I consider when pricing a quilt:  cost of materials and labor.   I don’t want to dwell on labor charge with this line of work, however, keep in mind this does fall under the skilled labor work category for me.  I do this for my job and not a hobby.

The size will vary the time I take on each piece, so that is why I am giving you the specifics of what I am working on to give you a good idea.

This quilt that I am showing you is all t-shirts (Top and Back) and it is 88″ x 88″.  The only added materials I added in this quilt was batting and thread.  I am still working on it so there is no finished product photo today.  I’ll add one when it is done.

 

The first step is preparing the t-shirts which takes about 4 hours.  In that time, I have to rough cut the shirt, iron stabilizer on the back, then cut to size, and plan the layout of the t-shirts and the design of the quilt.

Next is sewing everything together and pressing.  Not hard…..all straight lines.  It’s amazing how long it really takes….another 5 hours.  Now I have a front and a back of a quilt totally sewn.  I don’t do this all in one day.  It is vary tough on my 52yr old body.  I do it in steps over about a 1-2 week period at the shortest amount of time.

 

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Now, is putting it all together.  The technical term is “sandwiching”.  This is when the top quilt and the back quilt are sandwiching the batting and pin basted together (the little colored dashes in the photo above).  This took me about 1 hour.

The final step is quilting.  This is the stitching that goes through the quilt sandwich to hold it together.  On this size quilt, it takes me approximately 5 hours.

So on an 88″ x 88″ quilt (about a twin size quilt):

Total hours worked:    15 hours.

Adding the skilled labor/hour rate (not as much as a mechanic or general contractor), and material cost.  That is how I come up with my final price.

I hope this helps enlighten you to the time that is involved in this type of work.

Thank you for reading my blog today and visiting my corner of the internet!

Have an amazing day!

Peace – Pam

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