9.2 SQ Episode 019 – The Velocity of Quilting – Part 2December 5, 2010
The velocity of quilting is how we think of quilting using velocity terms and concepts. The concepts are defined in Part 1 of this episode.
The direction you travel mentally and physically correspond to your quilting goals. Finding out what you want to accomplish.
Ask yourself the questions and you’ll find your quilting velocity direction:
- What type of project do I want to do?
- How much work am I willing to do towards the project?
- Do I know how to start the project or are there learning steps to handle before I get to that point?
- How much do I still have to purchase in supplies to finish the project?
- Am I creating the project for someone else?
- What is the project intended for? Is it for a wallhanging, a treasured bed quilt, a new baby, a tired kiddo, a memory of someone long gone?
Or you could actually think about the physical directions to obtain your quilting supplies:
- What direction to the nearest quilt shop?
- How many quilt shops can I steer away from on my long trip to somewhere else?
- What part of the store do you like the most, the back where all the quilt samples are, the front where all the fat quarters are located?
Another direction consideration is in free motion quilting:
- When free motion quilting what direction do you keep your quilt?
- Can you move the quilt vs move the machine?
- What direction do you push your quilt to stuff it into the harp/throat areas?
- What advantage is a quilt rack/stand that moves the machine compared to moving the quilt?
- What direction are your legs in, are you sitting or standing?
- What direction do your shoulders go if you scrunch them up all the time quilting?
Other times to consider direction of quilting (not mentioned in the podcast):
- What direction do you cut the fabric (lengthwise or crosswise grain)?
- What direction are you moving your rotary cutter when you cut the grain?
- What direction are your applique pieces that are stuck on the wrong side of your fabric?
- What direction do you press the seams?
Instantaneous Velocity vs Average Velocity
- Instantaneous velocity and the hare
- Stopping projects midstream to work on something else (or take a nap)
- Working on quick projects that take minimal effort, learning time, materials
- Being satisfied for making a project quickly
- An instantaneous velocity of zero is still a velocity.
- Define the amount of time you want to define as “an instant”
- Are you okay with leaving in mistakes?
- Set up your equipment, tools, surroundings, sewing space to help maximize sewing time and minimize downtime
- Product based quilting – more projects = more things put on etsy = more chance to feed yourself
- In reality, for many projects, you may be facing time frames of years or months
- Slow and steady wins the race, just ask the tortoise
- Slowing down gives you more time to reflect, make changes, define the best techniques for your quilt
- The time it takes to gather the fabric, materials, learn the techniques, cut, sew, quilt & bind the quilt all adds in to the total quilting time for one project
- Pick up a new technique and try it. Adds to your total quilting time and lowers your velocity, but can help you in the long run.
Frame of Reference
Wait a minute, everyone is finishing projects faster than me….
- Wow! This is cool! I should try to do more projects, sewing, etc.
- Oh no! I don’t know how to work that fast! How can I ever keep up?
Pick your attitude to help suit you best. Keep in mind all the life distractions that you don’t want to / aren’t able to miss.
Give yourself permission to be slower/faster than others depending on your unique situation and pressures.
You also may actually have a higher velocity of projects than other people. If so, encourage or help others to finish up!
You can also reference yourself.
- Some people as they learn new techniques, can speed up over time because they aren’t referencing the source material as much.
- Some people find it more valuable to slow down as they gain more knowledge to be able to produce quilts with better quality.
- Doing it right by spending a little more time on it may be more satisfying and save the headache of unsewing (negative project velocity)
Thanks for the comments. We need to think of how much we want to sew, how quickly we need to sew, and what that will do to the final project.
- Will we burn up our machine by literally going pedal to the metal?
- Will we drag our feet to complete a project we don’t want to complete?
- Will we put less value on our projects for ourselves than on the projects for others and put the effort into finishing things for others over finishing our own stuff?
- Will we regret sewing too fast and trying to get a project done in time?
- Will we sew fast enough to complete a project for a fellow swapper?
Are you a slow poke quilter too? Sign up and show off your slow quilting velocity!
Giveaway Details for the Great Velocity Experiment
We’re going to close on January 6th, 2011 to be considered eligible for the velocity experiment giveaway.
If you find this site after that date, please feel free to participate by going to my Quilting Velocity Experiment page anyway!
At the current time, it will be easy to be eligible as we have very few entries!
From Mevio’s Music Alley
A Golden Day by Axel Schneider
Inner Focus by Absent Machine
Sands of Egypt by John Gillat
The Marionette by Two Star Symphony
Novellette in D Major by Mario Ajero