Good Morning Quilters!
At my recent retreat, several people (me included) were smitten by a vintage quilt, and I talked about it last Monday. I have decided to make a modified version of it. Several of you have asked for more details, so I am providing my plans here. If you would like to make a copy of the original quilt, or make my modified version, please join me in making lots of hourglass blocks. Here are two pictures, the whole quilt and a close-up:
The quilt has 39 blocks across and 43 blocks down, all two inch finished quarter-square triangles (also called hourglass blocks). So the total size is 78 x 86 inches.
There are many ways that you can make the hourglass block, and I googled “hourglass block instructions” to find many good instructions and videos on the internet, if anyone needs help making them.
My version of the quilt is this: I plan to make the majority of my quilt with two inch finished hsts (half-square triangles) because I happen to have 1,200 of them in my stash that need to be in a quilt.
My plan is to make a center medallion and also a border midway into the body of the quilt - both out of newly made hourglass blocks, and then make the majority of the quilt with the hsts that I already have in my stash. I am making some hourglass blocks this week and forming my quilt plans in my mind.
Also, my design wall will be helpful in planning this new project, so I am sewing the blocks together of the quilt that is on the design wall right now. This new project provides me incentive to get the old project sewn together and off the design wall. A win win. Here’s the project on the design wall right now (blocks from The Splendid Sampler of a few years ago) with most of the rows sewn into strips: