Another baby arrived a little earlier than predicted. The mother requested pastels. Do I even OWN any pastels? Well, yes, I did, thanks to a generous scrap donation. YAY!
HOURGLASS BABY QUILT
35″ x 35″
Here’s how to do it…
50 5″ colored charm squares. You could use a pre-packaged charm pack plus 8 more squares. Solids are a good choice.
1 yard background fabric cut into 50 5″ squares.
1-1/8 yard backing fabric
1/4 yard binding
THIS tutorial, create 100 hourglass blocks. Trim up to 4″. NOTE: Each colored/background pair produces TWO hourglass blocks.
Lay them out in a 10 x 10 arrangement, making sure they alternate: top-bottom, side-side.
Stitch together rows, then rows into a finished top.
Ta-dah! A finished top.
See–I told you it was quick and easy. You probably have all the materials laying around right now.
Layer, quick and bind as preferred. Another Ta-da! Now it is a finished quilt.
It was a long time coming. As I have said before, it seems so harmless to cut the block size in half to fit the sizes of my scraps, but it meant it took a lot of pieces to get anywhere. Should you want to try the pattern for yourself, you can get the (full size) information
That said, I am really happy with the results.
Scrappy happiness, mostly reproduction prints, but a few authentic pieces thrown in.
The yellow binding works with with the stars to give some unity and rhythm in the scrappiness.
It is a gift and already delivered. She cried. We’ll take that as a good thing.
I am so happy to see this quilt complete.
It was all I hoped for.
For those who participated in the quiltalong, you are welcome to share pictures any time.
Those who might be interested in building a similar beauty, information can be found
The top is finished.
And the name Discovery seems perfect. Thank you.
ps–Tutorial coming next week. Probably. But soon.
The inspiration started with disappointment, but I am not disappointed now.
I have 16 blocks finished and that makes a baby quilt. Just sashing and borders are needed.
And a new name…I really can’t keep calling it Disappointment.
ps–I plan to write it up as a tutorial. Maybe some time next week?
While the book wasn’t what I wanted, I couldn’t get the quilt on the cover out of my mind.
But, it turns out that disappointment can be a good starting point for a new idea.
And there were scraps.
So, I started cutting 2″ squares.
And now there are blocks. YAY! I love new ideas.
It is time to share your finished quilts, tops, or progress so far.
Mine is being quilted, but isn’t there yet. Maybe next week. Sometimes life gets in the way.
In the meantime,
visit Katy and put your progress in her link-up (if you have a blog), or send her (or me) a picture and we’ll have them to share.
Thanks for joining us, however far you are. This has been fun and we hope to do another one (together or separately) sometime soon.
This quilt took quite a while. It is the Safe Haven pattern by Thimbleberries. I do not know if it is still available. You might find it out there on Etsy or Ebay.
The blocks weren’t too bad, in spite of the applique, in which I do not have much experience. I rather enjoyed the variety of piecing techniques.
But the layout was a different story. The suggestion in the Block of the Month pattern was not to my personal taste, but I also didn’t have a better idea.
So it sat for a while. And then for a while longer. The problem was how to finish it without making it too long and narrow. Finally the idea came.
I added a narrow border around each block. Then sashing. Then pieced borders on the side. And a final border to finish up. The dimensions are now 84″ x 96″.
While the color scheme remains different from my usual preference, I love the results.
THIS TUTORIAL provided a great starting point for our new couch quilt.
I just love it when a pile of fabric, a need and an idea all come together.
And then I found the perfect back!
And I had pre-made binding all ready to go!
Sometimes it is just meant to be. And I look forward to wrapping up in this cozy quilt.
Baby and Mother are still hanging in there.
And the quilt is finished.
It is made with 2-1/2″ squares and is only 22″ each way. At that size it was easy to straight line quilt on my faithful old Pfaff 130 that came from my paternal grandmother.
I am working on the dress next and hope to have it to share soon.
ps–The planned name for Baby is Amelia Rose, just so you can keep her in mind.