Monday, February 18, 2013

Measuring Time -John Hughes Style

I must say that the Design Wall Monday feature over at Patchwork Times has gotten me back on a semi-regular cycle of posting to my blog...not every Monday, but I am getting there.

This week I can show of the second of my quilts from a Jaybird Quilts pattern -this one is Lotus using the new Hex-N-More ruler.

I will be teaching this one as a class in May - this particular fabric combo is not for my shop sample, but I needed a quick quilt for an event in mid-March, and what better way to get comfortable with the ruler than to make an extra quilt with it.

In gearing up for class I needed to know how long it will take to cut and piece the blocks - this is challenging for me as I often go up to work in my studio and lose all track of time.

So I put in a movie when I started pulling fabrics from my stash - and by the end of the first move I had all the fabrics cut and ready to sew - Sixteen Candles.

I put in a second movie when I started piecing the blocks - Breakfast Club - and got halfway through the 28 blocks.

One more movie later - Weird Science - and all the blocks were ready to be assembled.

...and I was out of John Hughes movies.  I think we have Pretty in Pink somewhere.  Now I just need to add all the run times together and I will have a good estimate.

So do you pay attention to how long your projects take?  People often ask me - but usually I can't be this specific.  



Stella Nemeth said...

I can't sew long because of physical issues. Emotional ones too. I have no idea how long things take because they don't take hours, they take weeks and months.

Darling Jill Quilts said...

That's way cool! I usually watch TV shows so I can't really keep track that way. :)

Barb said...

I always need to watch TV or listen to music to stay focused. This is going to be an awesome quilt!