Other than pricing, the question I get most often is “What is your turnaround time?” Invariably, the second question is “How long does it take to make a quilt?” That’s a loaded question that is almost impossible to quantify due to the different steps being done at different times and the variables as to type and size of quilt. I’m not a mind reader, but I can sometimes see the wheels turning in a customer’s head thinking, “If it takes X number of hours (or days) to make a quilt, why does it take X number of weeks (or months) to get my quilt back. It’s not the time involved in making your quilt. It’s the ones that are in line ahead of you. I’ve had to turn away a dozen or so Christmas jobs this year because I’m already booked up. I hate turning customers away, but by the same token, I don’t want to feel stressed and rushed. I want to give each customer’s quilt the time it deserves. So if you’re wanting a quilt made or just longarm quilted, it helps to plan ahead.