My “20-minute” Quilt Made With Hampton Hues

I’m making a quilt, and boy is it taking a long long time. I had originally planned on having this quilt top finished before this blog was scheduled to go up, but life gets in the way! I’m sewing up this lovely Double Crossed Quilt Pattern by Amy Smart with a mix of my stash and Hampton Hues fabric collection.

Amy Smart’s Double Crossed Quilt Pattern

Hampton Hues Fabric Collection, $5.96 per yard

Hampton Hues Fabric Collection, $5.96 per yard

I am the kind of person who loves instant gratification, but I also love slow creative processes like sewing and quilting. It takes time and patience to make a quilt from start to finish. As a busy working mom of two little girls, I often find it difficult to make time to quilt. Other priorities just take over. When talking to other moms who quilt, this is often a similarity. We love our kids, but we also need to take care of ourselves and feed our need to be creative and crafty! This is where the 20-minute rule comes into play.

Set time aside to do your quilting  for only 20 minutes. Seriously, I tried this, and it was like a light went off in my head. I don’t need to feel overwhelmed by how much cutting I have left to do, or think about how many blocks I have left to sew (240!), and I don’t feel the need to do too much in 20 minutes. It’s just enough time to get some things done, and feel accomplished! This is a huge deal. This 20-minute rule can be helpful for any aspect you want to focus on really; cleaning or organizing, working out, walking, etc.

There were some nights I had planned on doing more sewing, but by the time I cleaned up my sewing table and threaded my machine, my 20 minutes was up. Sigh. Oh well. The good news was the next night, I was ready to rock and roll (after the girls went to sleep of course). Sure enough, I got some things done! Other nights I was just too tired to do anything, so I didn’t end up sewing. What did I learn? 20 minutes is enough time for me to feel like I did something for ME. Oh, did I mention this quilt is actually for my daughter’s bed? Ok, so it’s for her and me. Overall, things are really starting to pick up speed and I’m showing progress.

Here are some process photographs:



Measuring and cutting my pieces!




Look, I have all my pieces ready to sew up! This probably took a month to complete, before I realized that breaking up my quilting ‘to do’ list into smaller 20 minute chunks of time is more effective.


Now I get to sew!


On a side note, my sister Avery is in town and I taught her some basics on piecing. Here she is all smiles with her first quilt block. I’m so proud of her!



One block, trimmed and finished. Many more to go! Watch for my part two blog post in the next month or so as I continue to work on this quilt (20 minutes at a time of course!)



  1. Anita McIntire - May 1, 2014

    Jenna,good job. I need to follow suite with the 20 minute rule too. Thanks for the inspiration. I can’t wait to see the finished project.

  2. Winthur - May 1, 2014

    Great idea! I need to try this 20 minute approach… Looking good 🙂

  3. Shannon - May 1, 2014

    can’t wait to see it!! lovely and spring-like!

  4. Marilyn Lessner - May 1, 2014

    Jenna, your 20 minute blocks of time is a very good idea! I just finished cutting out blocks for a “Swoon” quilt from the Hampton Hues collection. I am old fashioned and still cut most of my blocks with ruler and shears, but I was able to cut out one or 2 blocks worth of pieces in an evening while watching t-v. Doing it in small blocks of time doesn’t make the process so much like work…just relaxing.

    • Jenna - May 12, 2014

      That’s awesome Marilyn you are able to do some cutting while watching TV…that sounds so nice. Productive and relaxing. 🙂

  5. Jenni - May 1, 2014

    Ooh! I love that quilt design, so excited to see it all done. But take your time, I certainly know how life gets in the way sometimes. XO

  6. Ann - May 1, 2014

    What a great idea…Even though I don’t have the small children issue, my work days and long commute leave me too tired to do much in the evenings. Instead of waiting until the weekend, I could sew for 20 minutes each evening and make more progress. Thanks for the inspiration! Great quilt and fabrics too!

    • Jenna - May 12, 2014

      Thanks Ann!

  7. Susan - May 1, 2014

    I love the 20 minute idea. I work long hours and NEED the 20 minutes each evening to help me stay creative and sane! 🙂

  8. Carol - May 1, 2014

    Great plan. I am much more likely to make errors either cutting or sewing when I’m tired or pushing just to get more done. It isn’t a race – unless you’ve procrastinated, of course. I have learned to cherish the process.

  9. Linda Christianson - May 2, 2014

    I have been sick so much the last few weeks that I have used the 20 min sewing on finishing the quilt. The quilting is not my favorite and hard for me to keep with the process.

  10. Lynda Krueger - May 3, 2014

    I would strip piece the strips, then cut out the blocks, and sew them together. Still not instant gratification, but a little closer.

  11. Jenna - May 6, 2014

    Thank you for all your comments!

  12. polkadot - May 13, 2014

    that is a great design! love it,