Friday, April 12, 2013

Hourglasses Before & After

I know it's been a month since I've posted any actual sewing, but I'm in the long, same middle parts of a lot of projects, so there's nothing really new to show. The past few days, though, I've been making strides on my hourglasses quilt.


It's been great for using up all those 5" square freebies I've picked up here and there. The blue and the green fabric above were favours from the Trenton Quilt Guild's show last year. The light fabrics are both more of my infamous Rite Aid fabrics.

My quilt guild Rouge Valley has just firmed up it's next quilt show date for early April 2014. So the pressure's on! Maybe my show quilt will be Riviera Star, or maybe it will be this one, the hourglasses. I think this could be a fun show quilt, for reasons not yet revealed, lol.

You may recall that the main purpose of this quilt was to use up the many, many dubious fabrics that I've accumulated over the years. All the following photos feature one brown Asian-style "faux patchwork" fabric, which is so hard to use. It was interesting to see what happened to it during piecing:



Not bad! Here's a higher contrast piece:



Also better than expected, I thought. The last one was rather serendipitous:



I like the way that wheel came out, although I'm pretty sure the top will be cropped off when I trim the blocks. Anyway, it's fun to see the new patterns emerge. There's still a long way to go!

6 comments:

  1. it is amazing how a fabric changes when made into blocks with others. you have demonstrated this very well. Envious of you managing to pick up 5" square freebies I don`t come across anything like that here.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret! You'll be amazed at how the fabric starts to accumulate, now that you have shown an interest :)

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  2. Really interesting results. I do like the high contrast ones - also the first Rite-Aid greeny one.It is going to be so interesting to see how it all comes out.

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    1. Thanks, Jillian. This quilt has an experimental flavour to it, which makes it fun. :)

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  3. What fun this looks like! Every block is a surprise, and they all come together looking great. Excited to see future blocks coming together with those "dubious" fabrics. Inspired!

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    1. Thanks very much! I am interested to see how it comes out too, lol. :D

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