Meeting Deadlines and Estimating Quilting Time on Projects
Whether it is creating a design for a customer, conference, class, show, or for personal reasons, trying to estimate just how long a project will take can be a painful. If you are like me and are focus challenged, it is more than a little painful, it is a true struggle. To predict how long a quilt, or sample will take to complete can be impossible. I have quickly learned that when I am provided with a deadline I need to begin WELL IN ADVANCE! And I mean WELL, WELL in advance.
So for this quilter my mind-set is generally to:
However, there are moments when life does not allow me to “Just Do It”. Which then brought this question to mind: “How do I compute the amount of time it takes for me to complete a project in such a way that I can share this information with my followers?”
Now that called for some serious thinking! After pondering this idea for quite some time I began to feel like Russell Crowe in “A Beautiful Mind”. Mathematical equations were being frantically written, erased, and rewritten as I tried desperately to come up with the proper data that would allow me to reveal and illustrate how much time it takes me to complete a design. After many sleepless nights, and tedious moments working with various hypotheses and conclusions I was very pleased to FINALLY put my analysis together in a chart, as shown below.
I am truly hoping that other quilters will find the above chart easy to understand. I believe I have clearly translated my projected time for quilting in such a way that others will find it fairly simple to interpret. Let me know if you have any questions. I realize these types of charts can be a bit confusing; especially when they are composed of such words like “estimated”, and “realistic” .
How do you determine the length of time it will take you to complete a project? Are you a fly by the seat kind of quilter, or are you like me and have a precise method in configuring your quilting time?