Saturday, 15 May 2010

Kaffe Fassett Diagonal Madness - Part Deux

I have added a Kaffe Hour Counter on the left of my blog as my Mum has asked me to keep a rough tally of how many hours I spend on the diagonal madness quilt I am making for her.  I took an excessive amount of time yesterday trying to work out which fabric was which in a complicated process of reading the fabric codes in the book, comparing them to the chart sent with the fabrics, looking online at pictures of the fabrics and comparing the whole lot to the fabrics themselves which are a different colour in real life than on the computer screen or in the book or on the chart.  You seasoned quilters will be laughing at me now as I realised, after about three hours of this process, that the fabric reference number is on the selvedge.  That's how little I know.  Shame on me.

So, how about a sweepstake.  How many hours do you think it will take me to finish this quilt?  A gift of some fabrical description will be made available to the person who makes the most intelligent, well thought through and educated guess.  This will be announced in 2015 or so when the quilt is handed over to my Mum in a ceremony where UK royalty will be in attendance (that bit's a lie).  This will be judged subjectively by me - no random counter.  An earlier guess will be worth more than a guess made as I put the binding on.  You may guess as many times as you like but that probably will only decrease your chances of winning the fabrical gift because you will not sound so intelligent.  You may give reasons for your guess and those reasons may include insults about my skill levels.  Those insults will only count against you if they are lies. 

10 comments:

  1. Hi Lynne, I am so gutted I have missed out on your sewing bee, but thank you for the link. Re: quilt; I think about 65hrs of actually quilting time, piecing, pinning, and binding and at least anothe 10hrs of umming and arring !, so that totals up to 75hrs ! So if you get cracking now, don't eat, sleep of leave the side of your sewing machine, you will be finished by Monday morning at the latest...

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  2. Lynne, OMG I would so have done that too, that's sooo funny!!! I reckon it'll take at least 100 hrs in total and heaven only knows where you'll get that amount of time from!! I bet those seasoned quilters in our Bee are wondering what the hell they've let themselves in for!! Justine xx

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  3. 92 hours. That's not a thoughtful, educated guess or anything. I was just thinking of how long it would take ME to make such a quilt and then I subtracted 50 hours because I'm unusually slow and get distracted easily.

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  4. Dddddrrrrrrrrrrrr as long as it takes of course. hahahaha

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  5. Mmmm, as a quilt virgin, who intends to stay that way, I need help with this. How big is this quilt for starters. If it 2cms x 4cms for all your mother's dolls houses then obviously my guess won't be the same as if it is big enough for that bed of yours. Plus, are you hosting any family parties in the near future as that will take precious quilting time away from you. And what if your cleaner leaves? Or the plumbing freezes? Or the cooker packs in? Or another of your children takes up sport? HELP!

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  6. 128. Because it's a round number. Oh, and b/c things like this seem to take about 25% more time than you ever imagined.

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  7. Well I think it will take you totally about 100 hours. I'd like to win the 1" selvages of all those pieces of fabric.

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  8. I'm going to go with 83 hours. I have lots f faith in your skills and abilities... does ripping seams count in the time tally?

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  9. Yes, Doris, ripping counts. Good question.

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  10. Hi Lynne! Loved reading your blog, and just had to jump in here. I have made this top myself, and just purchased some perle no 16 to try handquilting it. Which is a bit scary thinking about the size. So, are you planning on handquilting it too? Like in the book...
    ; ))

    If you are, I would say 250 hours...

    ; )

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