Monday, July 15, 2013

Hourglass Ticker

My Texas Star Ticker in the right sidebar has proven to be very motivating for me, so I've decided to add another one for my Hourglass quilt. Each hourglass unit will finish to 3" square, and I've decided to join them 16 at a time into 12" finished blocks. Here's my first one:


The pattern calls for the 3" units to be joined in long strips, and then the strips all sewn together. I think I will prefer to minimize the number of long seams I sew, so this is my plan instead. There will be 56 of the 12" blocks, and 896 of the 3" hourglass units.

I usually sew the hourglasses in batches of 32, so hopefully things will move along well now that I've recommitted to this project. Today I managed to sew one batch and one block without too much trouble, despite the summer heat. It is nice, mindless sewing, perfect for this weather!

(Edit - At the time of this post, the ticker started at 225 units. How far have I come now?)


7 comments:

  1. you have a major project here, what a good way of using up scraps. Being quite new to quilting am I right in thinking the hourglasses are made up of quarter square triangles? If I am I will give myself a pat on the back!

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  2. Wow! That's a lot of little triangles you are working with to make your 896-3" units. I also think that your method of sewing them into squares is much easier to work with then long, ungainly stripped units. Enjoy the process. The quilt looks great already.

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  3. Thank you both! I bought a great new ruler that helps things along, I may do a post on it soon.

    I am really enjoying the process on this one, the steps are easy and the results are satisfying!

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  4. Its a really lovely block and going to make a gorgeous quilt Monica.

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    1. Thanks very much, Katherine! I have high hopes for it. :)

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  5. I think I'd go for the block over the strip, too. Some really mesmerising patterns emerging. I like the effect of the fabric with the red lines appearing and disappearing.

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    1. Thanks, Jillian! I think this is one of those projects that will keep me going with all the new patterns and juxtapositions that emerge as I sew. At least, with 896 units, I hope so!

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