I’ve been doing a lot of counting lately as I make kits for upcoming venues: counting fabric bolts, squares of fabric, squares of batting, finished quilt sandwiches, kits for students and more. I realized there is a lot of counting in my non kit-making life too: I count laps in the pool, my minutes on the rowing machine and reps with weights. I keep track of my steps and other fitness goals on my Fit Bit and I sometimes find myself counting random things: there are 10 people in line at the post office and 8 have on flip flops. It would appear that only geriatrics wear regular shoes to the Post Office today. I kinda live a counting life. Sheesh.
Not much exciting going on here this week as it is The Week of Kit-Making. So here are some fun facts:
It takes 35 minutes to cut one bolt of Kona into 114 15″-ish squares.
A roll of Hobb’s Heirloom 80/20 takes 3 hours to cut into 438 15″ squares.
It takes two hours to assemble 150 quilt sandwiches. I hold them together with plastic tabs that you shoot with a little gun, like the ones they use to hold price tags on in clothing stores.
It takes 1.5 hours to package and pack 250 sandwiches into a mailing box. That includes putting paper dividers between each set of sandwiches (3 – 5 sandwiches/student/class), wrapping and compressing with Press and Seal.
10 sandwiches weigh about 7 lbs.
I’ve kept the same colors for a few years. In my mind they are sand and sky. Neutral thread shows up well on them and they are not so stark as to make less-than-perfect quilting look bad.
175-185 15″ sandwiches fit into a 16″ cube mailing box which takes about $35 each to send to Paducah. I’ll be sending 3 boxes.
Don’t try to add up the numbers – it is frightening! I am not the only one. Anytime there is a major festival, other teachers are making kits for their students. Some have wet stuff to pack like paints, some have kits of fabric for patterns, some hand dye acres of fabric, some have to create their own inventory like Libby Williamson who brews tea bags and cuts them open and puts layers of paint and texture on all manner of paper.
I have a good system and I go back to what I learned in a course on Human Factors Engineering (a very long time ago, but it made an impact). I try to make it an organized and efficient a process.
All that makes me look sooo wonderfully organized. And I am. Until I’m not.
I am loathe to admit that I stupidly double-booked a quilt into 2 overlapping shows. I have already sent it off to Grand Rapids and as a result, it will not hang in Houston. Yes. I juried in and it will not hang because I double-booked it.
I do not have a good excuse or even a good explanation other than I just messed this one up. The Houston people were quite gracious about it but I am cringing over what I have done. I cannot take it back. I will not have a quilt hanging in Houston even though I juried in. Heavy sigh.
I hope you are having a better week. I’ll hook up with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday. Onward.