Next Up

I’ve been thinking about opening an etsy shop for my quilts and other sewing related items.  I already have one for my photography, but there are so many photography shops online that it is difficult to sell these items, and taking the time (or spending the money) to advertise the shop isn’t a top priority.  I’m hesitant to start another shop, but I also love to create and it would be nice to feed my fabric addiction add a small bit of income.

From my experience with my portrait and fine art photography business, I’ve learned how difficult it can be to put a value on my work.  I’ve also learned that most people who pay for my service want my service for less, but by offering it for less I would be devaluing the time spent on my work (and the time spent away from my family).  As a part of figuring out how much to sell my quilts and other products, I need to have a better understanding of how long it takes me to complete a project from start to finish.  I mean, sure, I may work on a quilt for a month, but that is with interruptions (you know, sleeping, showering, taking care of my children lol).  I would like to have a base number on hours.  12 hours? 18? 30? That being said, next up is a simple zigzag quilt following this tutorial from Moda Bake Shop

This is a simple, straightforward quilt that I am making to better understand how long it takes for me to construct a quilt of this size and design.  Based on the copyright on the Moda Bake Shop website, I am not allowed to sell the quilt that I make from the pattern, unless I have written consent from Amanda Jean (which I may or may not request).  So basically I’m just going to use this as a test to ultimately see how long the process takes me.

Seeming together 40 strips took me about 2 hours (ugh, I didn’t start and stop my watch!  This was with interruption).  Cutting the strips into blocks took me about 15 – 20 minutes because I stacked 2-3 strips and then cut 3 rows simultaneously.

Now I need to iron and then piece the top, which will probably be the most time consuming part of the quilt.

Which leads me to a question.  If it were you, would you have ironed your 40 strips and then cut them down to size, or would you have done what I did – cut them into blocks and then ironed?  I decided to cut first because I thought that my lines would be more accurate, and I could cut faster if they were not ironed yet.  But now I’m thinking that the ironing is going to take much longer with all of those blocks.  We’ll see, maybe I can get into a groove!

For those of you are interested, I’m using a Jelly Roll of Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for Moda and a Jelly Roll of White Bella Solid.  I’ve got some plans for this baby, and I am looking forward to showing them to you… when I am done ironing :)

  • I am sure this will be a beautiful quilt! Making a zig zag quilt is 3 items down on my to do list… Unless I get distracted

  • Oh my gosh, I love that last photo of the cut fabrics! I don’t have a good answer about the ironing – sometimes I iron before cutting, sometimes after, and sometimes both! I’ll be interested to hear how long the quilt takes you – I’ve been wondering the same but haven’t timed myself. I think it is hard to figure – not just because of interruptions but also because of fixing mistakes and the complexity of the design?