Monday, May 25, 2009

4.5 hours

That's how long the quilting will take me. 4.5 hours!

I started on the zigzag quilting yesterday, and after the first line, I thought - damn, that seemed to take FOREVER! So, let's time the next one. 7 minutes. Next one, 7 minutes. Four lines per colored stripe (28 minutes), with 9 colored stripes = about 4.5 hours. And now I can see the appeal of those knee-press thingies to lift the foot... The lifting and turning is so tedious (and backache-inducing).

For the next one (which uses some lighter linens), I'm going to just do straight line quilting along the seams instead. I'm looking forward to seeing how it changes the look. But I am loving this one, and can't wait to see how it turns out! Only 5 more colored stripes to go! Um, 2.5 hours - ug.

When I told my husband about my calculations (he loves math talk), he laughed and said it was so unlike me to work out the numbers like that. He said I'm much more likely to just happily continue doing some really tedious task, and then do it again, and again, and again. Like the 6 (yes, 6!) flannel rag quilts I made for Christmas last year. I'll never live that one down. Snip, snip, snip, snip...
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  1. i can finally commment. i'm on a different computer!! okay.....still loving the zag!! i'm going to still do it any minute now.

    and i LOVE the pic of your hubby in the Christmas sweater!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I've got a zig-zag that is about ready for quilting, too. Glad (?) to know I'm in for it. :-) I also used a solid white in between. Did you use white thread? I was considering using a purple thread because the whole thing is purples and greens, but now I don't think I'm going to like how much it will show up on the solid white.... Maybe I'll switch and use white thread. Or go totally nuts and do white on white, purple on purple, and green on green. Yeah, like I need the extra complication!!

    Liz @ teeny tiny quilts