TINS and SINS and Value

TINS = Triangle in a Square


SINS = Square in a Square


Okay, I made those up. But made ya look, huh?

These will soon be the final pieced border for my Stained Glass Too. (The last border will be a narrow unpieced border to punctuate the quilt.) It will finish at 66″ x 70″.

Stained Glass Too

This quilt began with leftover hourglass blocks, which were too pretty to set aside. I’m in the midst of building that border of TINS and SINS. This is the quilt so far:


ugh, shadows…

Since I shared some thoughts with you on the value of a quilt, I’ve tried to be more aware of how much time goes into what I make. While I’ll probably never track time carefully, I estimate this last pieced border will take about 15-20 hours in total. That is fabric choice, prep, cutting, stitching, pressing, assembly, and attaching. This doesn’t include design time or quilting and binding. Now figure a reasonable wage for a skilled artisan, and you can see ONE border adds up to a pile of money.

If I assume that unpieced borders take 1-2 hours and pieced borders take 10-20 hours, a quilt with several borders (and a center) might take 80 hours or more. This quilt has 9 borders, including the turquoise strip border for the final edge. Again, consider the value of my time, and tell me if you would pay me that much for my quilt.


18 thoughts on “TINS and SINS and Value

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Today or tomorrow I’ll finish the top. I decided this morning I need to make a revision to something, so that will slow me down a little… And yes, it is fun. 🙂

  1. allisonreidnem

    I love the way this quilt is growing and looking more and more like a gorgeous stained glass window. As to it’s value – would valuing it as a piece of art rather than a hand crafted ‘object’ make it’s value more in keeping with the time it has taken you to design and make it?

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I don’t really know how to “value” a thing like this. When done it will be too large to be a wall-hanging, so a person wouldn’t buy it (it’s not for sale) as a piece of wall art. But it certainly isn’t a basic block quilt, repeated over and over with some variation in color or setting. So … it’s good I don’t intend to sell it. Because again, it is worth more to me than it would be to any potential buyer.

      1. allisonreidnem

        Exactly! Hope you are enjoying a peaceful and creative weekend and have overcome those difficulties faced earlier in the week.


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