I’ve watched probably a million Youtube videos that say, “You can make this quilt in one weekend!” and come Monday I’ve got 4 or 5 blocks done. Yeah, right. In my mind a weekend is 2 days long, 2 1/2 if you count Friday afternoon. How long is a weekend for these people?!
And here’s another thing… Do these people lock themselves in their sewing room for the weekend? Do they have kids to feed? Don’t they have to do at least one load of laundry or wash a few dishes or walk the dog? How do they manage to get 48 – 60 hours of completely free, uninterrupted sewing time?!
OK, end of rant. Because I really did make this quilt in a weekend. It’s not backed or quilted or bound yet, but once you see my timeline you’ll see I would have had time to do that, too, but I don’t have the fabric for it yet.
This is the “Jenny’s Easy Carpenter’s Star Quilt” that I wrote about on Friday. All you need is one 10-inch layer cake and 2 1/4 yards of background fabric. I had both of those and a free weekend so I decided to see just how ‘easy’ this quilt was. Turns out, it’s pretty friggin’ easy!
Friday 1 pm – 4 pm
I chose this quilt because I already had a layer cake I wanted to use. Using pre-cuts saves a ton of time and you know the squares are going to be accurately cut.
I used this layer cake that I got from one of the daily Flash Sales at Fat Quarter Shop:
On Friday afternoon I cut out the background squares I needed and made all my half square triangles. This went so fast I was even able to lay out and assemble the first quadrant, the top left corner. Amazing, but not done yet so let’s not count any chickens before they’re hatched.
I followed this video from Jenny Doan at Missouri Star Quilt Company:
Saturday 12:01 am – 11:59 pm
Nothing. That’s right. I didn’t work on my quilt at all on Saturday. For the first time since March 17 when the schools were shut down I was alone in the house for almost the entire day. I decided to spend it binge-watching The Outlander on Netflix with a bag of Cheez-its, a Hershey bar, and a glass of wine. It. Was. Heavenly!
Sunday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
I laid out the other three quadrants and finished assembling the quilt.
Total time spent working on this quilt top: 6 hours!
So, you can see that if I had the backing and binding fabric and the batting I could have easily finished this quilt in one weekend. For reals, folks! One weekend!