Hello fellow sewers,
After a couple of comments pointing out that the waiting time between blocks could easily be shortened, I started a poll in my last post to see what the community thinks.
I also wrote that the results of this poll would determine how we continue. In addition to this poll, an interesting discussion developed in the comments on the last post in which many people also spoke in favor of the current pace.
It is, of course, difficult to satisfy everyone, but based on the results of the poll and the arguments made in the discussion, I have found a solution that will hopefully combine both aspects.
But first, the results of the poll: about 180 sewers took part in the poll (the results only show 100 responses as there is a fee after that, but during the whole time I was watching it, the results did not fluctuate very much, meaning that the results are representative).
According to the poll, two thirds of participants want the blocks to be posted at shorter intervals. Of these two thirds, 60% would like a schedule of every two weeks and 40% would like it to be every three weeks.
However, a third of the participants would like the schedule to remain as it is, i.e. once a month.
So, I took an advanced maths course once, but I don’t need to show you the detailed calculations of what 60% of 66% would be. No one is interested in that. We simply want you to move forward without being stressed about it.
This leads me to the following compromise: simple blocks like Block No. 2 can be completed in two weeks, but difficult blocks like the one with 16 pieces (about which one participant so nicely commented “that one is already making me gasp for breath”) will get 4 weeks. Below, you can find a publication schedule so that you know when to expect the next one. This publication schedule also takes into account that “real life that gets in the way”, namely by allowing a short break for Christmas.
I hope everyone is happy with that.
Something I read again and again in the comments was to please not change the deadline for the raffle. That way, even those who have very little time and who need longer to make their blocks will have plenty of time to catch up. So let’s leave the deadline as it is. If you finish early, it’s not a problem. You can upload your finished project to the community to enter the raffle and then you have one project done (and off your table) so that you can focus on other projects.
September 22, 2017 – Block 3
October 6, 2017 – Block 4
October 21, 2017 – Block 5
November 3, 2017 – Block 6
November 17, 2017 – Block 7
December 2, 2017 – Block 8 (time-consuming and Christmas break)
January 5, 2018 – Block 9
January 19, 2018 – Block 10
February 2, 2018 – Block 11
February 16, 2018 – Block 12
Then it will be time to cut out the remaining triangles and assemble the top. At that point, I can ask again if it’s too long to leave the raffle until January 2019.
Now it’s getting personal
I’m going to give you a little peek behind the scenes. A few of you have mentioned “thanks so much for this quilt-along, it’s quite a lot of work”. That’s true, of course.
My first thoughts when planning this project were that I would only sew one demo block for each type and just explain the assembly of the quilt using illustrations. Because – to be quite honest – this is what my house looks like:
This is my closet:
It does not contain the latests fashions, blouses, dresses, jeans, etc. (I have another one for clothes) This spacious storage area is filled just with quilts! Just a moment… let me take a look…
Currently there are about 60 quilts in there, and there are 25 more lying somewhere nearby because I can barely jam them in there. So I don’t have any dire need for an 86th quilt in my inventory. Clearly.
Yet somehow I have to be able to empathize with you and your sewing adventure. How wonderful, then, that fate has sent me Ly. Ly is studying fashion design in our city, is therefore very familiar with a sewing machine, and is completing an internship with me. Ly has never tried patchwork before in her life (but I bet I can get her hooked), and is therefore the perfect guinea pig for the question: can a beginner pull this off? She’s definitely getting the hang of it, I can assure you. And Ly wasn’t exactly gasping for breath with the complicated block either, although she did find it a little challenging.
In the meantime, our pile of triangles is growing, and we will also sew the quilt together fully into a top (so Ly still has a few challenges ahead of her…)
Alright then, see you soon,