Sunshine Quilts

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The Plan!

My family hates it when I come up with a plan because it's usually something I think is just wonderful and Vince and Chad think it's really stupid. I asked yesterday how much time you all have to quilt and got a good range of answers. Mostly the responses, some on blogger comments and some in e-mail, fell into three broad categories.

  • Mostly on weekends . . rarely during the week
  • 30 minutes a day
  • 1 hour a day
There were more than I expected who are in the same boat as I find myself -- I quilt almost all day every day. Part of my quilting is longarming for customers so that's really a job. Realistically, I can work on my own quilts 3 - 4 hours a day. That includes fondling fabric, designing, piecing, quilting or doing the binding. Since I need to learn to do scrap quilting, here's what I was thinking. How about I come up with some simple designs, one at a time, and do some basic instructions. There will be no yardage amounts given since we are working out of the stash. Five out of seven days . . Monday - Friday, I will post instructions that take about 1 hour to do. By posting the instructions five days and then skipping two days, it would give some time to catch up who don't have a full hour each day to sew. It won't be a mystery quilt because I'll show you the quilt in the beginning. Before you ask . . we all sew at different speeds. The one hour will be based on how long it takes me to do the sewing. Some will be quicker, some will take longer. No guarantees you can get it all done in 60 minutes each night. What do y'all think about that? I know not everyone can do it and if you can't or don't want to, that's fine. If you can't do it, you don't need to tell me you can't or won't but if you can do it, just let me know you're interested and if there's enough interest, I'll get started on a design. I have to make it first, the divide the instructions up into one hour increments so it will be probably August 14 before I can get the first one started. But . . hey, we're working out of our stashes so we don't have to buy fabric!!! Judy L.


  • I love the idea, and would like to participate. My stash is plenty big for anything! HA! Congratulations on a great idea!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/02/2006 07:38:00 PM  

  • I also LOVE the idea.

    Thanks for thinking about all of us who truely feel frustrated because of our time constraints!

    By Blogger QuiltingFitzy, at 8/02/2006 07:44:00 PM  

  • I'm game - I love scrap quilts and am always looking for new ideas!

    By Blogger Mary, at 8/02/2006 07:52:00 PM  

  • Im in. I'm trying to give myself an hour or 2 a night split up with a break in the middle. So I can work 1 hour on your project and if I feel like sewing another hour I can work on something of my own.

    By Blogger Nancy, at 8/02/2006 07:58:00 PM  

  • I'm game too since I can always use some new ideas for the kids quilts--what's more I am almost caught up!

    By Blogger Linda_J, at 8/02/2006 08:06:00 PM  

  • I'd like to give it a try. Count me in.

    By Blogger Gail, at 8/02/2006 08:10:00 PM  

  • I would love to do it too and Aug 14 will be right after we move. Provided I have all of my quilting stuff unpacked I will join in.

    By Blogger tami, at 8/02/2006 08:32:00 PM  

  • I love it! Count me in! I am in the process right now of looking for quilts that I can use scraps in so this idea is perfectly timed!

    By Blogger Norma, at 8/02/2006 08:38:00 PM  

  • I like the idea! I have a small stash that I should use up before I buy much more fabric.

    By Blogger Andrea, at 8/02/2006 09:10:00 PM  

  • I'm game. It's worth a try, I am always looking for something new.

    By Blogger dot, at 8/02/2006 09:41:00 PM  

  • I'm definitely in. This sounds like a great plan. :-)

    By Blogger Darlene - Dazed Quilter, at 8/02/2006 11:04:00 PM  

  • Great idea, I would love to participate here in Germany !!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/03/2006 12:59:00 AM  

  • Count me in Judy. My sewing area should be more or less together by the 14th. Now all I have to do is find all my fabric. lol

    By Blogger EileenKNY, at 8/03/2006 03:31:00 AM  

  • Count me in. It is very Judy like to come up with a good idea :-)

    By Blogger Hanne, at 8/03/2006 03:32:00 AM  

  • Love the idea and would love to participate, but as I am on holiday in september I don't know if I can do a lot on it.

    By Blogger Judith, at 8/03/2006 04:08:00 AM  

  • What a great idea! I certainly will be joining in. Look forward to hearing more.

    By Blogger Cynthia, at 8/03/2006 04:40:00 AM  

  • great idea for learning scrap and stash quilting, as well as being disciplined re the daily the quilting.

    By Blogger quiltpixie, at 8/03/2006 05:53:00 AM  

  • I didn't get to the answer of how many hours to quilt, but most days it's a LOT of hours. I don't fall into the 3 posted categories in this post by a long shot.

    I love the idea of you posting for scrap quilts. Will you also post the general size of the finished quilt? That would be helpful as I am in the middle of some committed charity quilts of various sizes with different timelines,so that would help me plan where to put my time (and colors).

    I'm ready to start!

    By Blogger Sharon, at 8/03/2006 06:06:00 AM  

  • I'm in! And I work better with a goal, so that hour a night (most nights) is a definite can-do!!

    Thanks for the kick in the butt! I think this is the perfect plan to go along with our August challenge! You rock!!


    By Blogger Vicky, at 8/03/2006 06:08:00 AM  

  • I am in as well, this will be perfect motivation that I need

    By Anonymous Ama, at 8/03/2006 06:15:00 AM  

  • Depending on the pattern, I'll play.

    By Blogger The Calico Cat, at 8/03/2006 06:26:00 AM  

  • Plans can be wonderful. Rarely do I get to carry them out, but I'll try!

    By Blogger Mama Koch, at 8/03/2006 06:39:00 AM  

  • I've only been quilting for about a year & scrappy quilts are my favorites. I would love to particpate. Cat

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/03/2006 06:47:00 AM  

  • count me in too. though i'll be on vacation from the 14th til the 22nd. i'll just have to play catch up from the git go!!

    By Blogger McIrish Annie, at 8/03/2006 07:18:00 AM  

  • Not sure if I will participate but I am very interested to see what you come up with. I am in the middle of a double Irish CHain so kind of caught up with that at the moment.

    By Blogger joyce, at 8/03/2006 07:51:00 AM  

  • Count me in too!!! Neat idea.

    By Blogger Lizzy, at 8/03/2006 08:14:00 AM  

  • I love the idea. I need something simple to escape from the world to do!!

    By Blogger June in MD, at 8/03/2006 08:21:00 AM  

  • I would like to join as well -- I really need to make a scrap quilt and this might just be the motivations needed. Count me in as well.

    Pam in Vancouver

    By Blogger Pam, at 8/03/2006 09:02:00 AM  

  • Excellent idea Judy!! I am in
    Pat from the old sunshine chatters

    By Anonymous Pat, at 8/03/2006 09:05:00 AM  

  • Yes, I would love to participate. Thanks for doing this - it will be fun to have a specific goal for each day - and to eventually see the results from everyone. Good idea!

    By Blogger Bonnie, at 8/03/2006 09:51:00 AM  

  • I'm in. By the 14th I hope to have most of my current projects caught up and will be looking for something new to try.

    By Blogger Sweet P, at 8/03/2006 10:07:00 AM  

  • I'm interested, as long as it's something I can do really scrappy. If it's for a limited number of fabrics then it isn't for me.

    By Blogger Patti, at 8/03/2006 10:21:00 AM  

  • I think this sounds great! Technically, I have never made a scrappy quilt. This will be exciting!!!

    Thanks Judy for taking the time to do this for us all.

    By Blogger deputyswife, at 8/03/2006 11:19:00 AM  

  • This is a neat idea! I'd love to participate.

    By Blogger Maya Madhavan, at 8/03/2006 11:41:00 AM  

  • I have about a million quilty commitments, but I love a challenge so I'll try to keep up with this one, too!


    By Blogger floribunda, at 8/03/2006 01:12:00 PM  

  • Me! Me! I'm in. :) Great way to encourage the no-buy fabric depression thing too. :) (Not that I'm playing, but I love that mindset.)

    By Blogger Leah S, at 8/03/2006 01:17:00 PM  

  • This sounds fantastic! I'm in -- I love scrap quilts and using scraps and stash will be great. Plus, we can work at our own pace -- if somedays I can't work on it, I can still print the instructions off to work on as soon as I can.

    By Blogger Joanne, at 8/03/2006 02:20:00 PM  

  • This sounds like my kind of fun!!! I'd love to join in...


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/03/2006 05:18:00 PM  

  • I don't know how much I'd be able to do right now since we'll be getting ready to move but I'll at least give it a shot. If nothing else, I'll be a UFO for awhile till we get settled again. Thanks for the challenge.

    By Blogger Shellie, at 8/04/2006 01:06:00 PM  

  • Sounds like a fabulous idea Judy..*VBS* Lots of us on board with this fabric free month..*VBS*

    By Blogger Finn, at 8/04/2006 01:14:00 PM  

  • I don't know if I can add another project to my list but I am sure going to keep watching this space so I can glean ideas from you all
    when my girls were little and I said I have a plan they would moan and groan too :)

    By Blogger jpquilter, at 8/05/2006 10:39:00 AM  

  • I do like this idea Judy...i am just lagging in getting around and catching up on the reading of blogs! this is doable for me...most of the time lol.

    By Blogger cher, at 8/07/2006 11:17:00 PM  

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