General Hobby Brag Thread (Image Heavy)

From gardening and needlework to Mornington Crescent and captioneering.
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Rie
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Post by Rie » Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:07 am

Too cool
you are
too cool you be
I fear you are too cool
for me :D

Drawing up a perspective from a floor plan was my finest hour but when ex took any and all money I had to leave Theatre Arts Course and tramp around selling dog food...Up so early! Props to y'all. :boohoo:
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Post by Old Woman in Purple » Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:48 am

I'm making a quilt for each niece/nephew as they graduate from college. Green quilt for Niece #1 is my thumbnail photo.

Here's the quilt for recently-graduated Niece #2:

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"Postage Stamp" quilt.... twin size. Each square is 2" before seam allowance...~1.25" after seam allowance.
3072 little squares, plus bordors.

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Post by Old Woman in Purple » Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:55 am

Here's better-than-a-thumbnail pic of quilt for Niece #1's quilt:

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Post by Hermit » Sun Jul 02, 2017 4:26 am

Love it. :)

How many hours did it take?

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Post by Old Woman in Purple » Sun Jul 02, 2017 4:28 pm

[quote=""Hermit""]Love it. :) [/quote]

Thanks!

[quote=""Hermit""]How many hours did it take?[/quote]

I get asked that alot, but I don't really know as I don't keep track. I do this stuff for fun, not profit.

As a completely blind guess, I'd say somewhere vaguely around 1,000 hours from fabric-off-the-bolts to final stitch. Some designs (like the "Roman Stripe/Basket Weave" quilts pictured farther upstream in this thread) take somewhat less (half to ~2/3 the time overall?) due to being simpler piecing designs using fewer pieces & easier quilting designs.

This process includes (1) cutting out a zillion little pieces, (2) sewing them together to make the quilt-top, then (3) quilting the "sandwich" of [quilt-top + batting + backing-fabric], and finally, (4) finishing the edges.

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Post by Hermit » Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:03 pm

Labour of love in more ways than one, then. :)

OK, in that case I won't place an order. :wave:

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Post by Ozymandias » Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:47 pm

[quote=""Old Woman in Purple""]
As a completely blind guess, I'd say somewhere vaguely around 1,000 hours from fabric-off-the-bolts to final stitch. [/quote]

So if you were paid $10 an hour it would have cost $10,000 for labour alone. Wouldn't it be more economical to just buy one from the store?

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Post by Old Woman in Purple » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:55 am

Why bother with paintings to decorate your walls? Slapping up paint bought by-the-gallon is cheaper.

I buy blankets for everyday use from the store.

Can you honestly not tell that these quilts I make are a form of artwork? :baffled:

Mind you, no-one is going to pay even minimum wage to have them made, which is why I only make them for myself, friends, and relations that appreciate them. Folks are accustomed to seeing sloppy crapwork "quilts" made in sweatshops in asia selling for less than I can buy the fabric here (much less consider the time I put into making one)... and they wonder why I'm not trying to make a living producing them. :rolleyes:
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