When my eldest was home last week for our middle sons' wedding, I received the next scrap squad pattern. After gawking at it for some time, I decided that it was going to be a little bit harder then some of the previous patterns and because of what I wanted to do with it (color-wise), so, it was going to take a lot more time then usual.
I verbalized this to him and his new wife and his reply to me was something along the lines of, "Yeah, right mom. You'll have it done by the end of the week." They left to go back to California on last Tuesday. I finished the last block last night at a rather late hour. The rows are rows, but they are not fashioned together yet as a quilt top. And, I want to border this quilt, so I have to plan/do that as well.
When I spoke with the eldest son last night, I indicated to him that the quilt top was still in progress (it was after I hung up with him that I eventually finished the blocks). He was astounded. Not only that, I said to him that it would actually be a two-week project rather then one, given my plans for the pattern. He couldn't believe I was pretty much on the mark with my timeline projection and since I have plans for nearly all weekend, it will be next Tuesday before the quilt top is ready to head to the quilter.
This leads to my next situation. I have a 10/4 deadline. Yesterday when I spoke with a new quilter who belongs to our guild, she said she was 4-6 weeks out for completion. Oops. That leaves me with my usual quilter, and while she does an amazing job and I love her work, she is so far away that I have to spend a culmination of a half day chasing quilts around the state.
Life of a professional quiltmaker isn't all fabric and thread. It takes a lot of planning and preparation to make a project work from start to finish in just five weeks. I spend much of my time sewing, yes, but there are so many other considerations to factor in as you can see with my latest quilt.