Stained Glass Too WIP

More borders to follow. Current size is 44" x 48". Final size should be about  58" x 62".

More borders to follow. Current size is 44″ x 48″. Final size should be about 58″ x 62″.

This one is fun. I started it with 12 4″ hourglass blocks, left from another project. They didn’t quite work there, but they were so pretty together. It made sense to use them right away, rather than waiting for some other project to miraculously need them in the future.

The first border set around the center hourglasses also were discarded from the other project. The rest of the quilt comes from stash. I love the colors, which seem lit like stained glass. They don’t show their brilliance in the photo.

I chose the long triangles (what are they called??) to break the 90 degree angles used to that point. I think they add a sense of movement. They gave me an opportunity to repeat some colors, as well as to introduce a few new ones. Since the new colors are of the same feel, they don’t look out of place, providing unity.

The last borders will ring what you already see without more elaborate piecing. My brother and I agreed it will give the sense of looking over balcony railings in an old, ornate building.

20 thoughts on “Stained Glass Too WIP

  1. Granny Maud's Girl

    I see what you mean. This medallion is growing charmingly.
    ‘Quirky’ is probably a better way to described the projects made by many hands; I worry that I will lose that quirky and eclectic element, which I have grown to love, if I make an unplanned medallion quilt all on my own. I am naturally a planner but trying to break myself of control-freak tendencies. 🙂 However, I should give it a go as yours is beautiful. Lovely use of colour.

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Another option is to pick one other person to exchange with. My sister and I have made a number of quilts together, including round robins. Our tastes and styles are just enough different that what we each ended with was fabulous, and very different than we would have come up with on our own. And one last thought — I consult with my husband for almost every quilt at some point. He sometimes encourages me to do things I never would have done. Though I still resist, he is almost always right. (“Use blue!” “No, there’s no blue in this quilt…” Of course blue was what made it perfect.) So if you have one trusted consultant to check with, again you’ll get more powerful results than if you are working completely solo.

  2. Thread crazy

    Colors reminds me of warmer weather! I like the hour glass blocks and the way you made the first border
    using the smaller strips to outline the center larger strip. Love working with batiks as they add so much with their varied colors and patterns.,

  3. Ginger

    Great use of “leftovers” – I have a small stash of extra hourglass blocks somewhere around here….

  4. katechiconi

    I think that’s isoceles triangles, where only two sides are equal in length… I do love these colours, they remind me of milky opals, It’s a beautiful quilt!

      1. katechiconi

        Oh, I know those blank spots very well… Great quilt, and nice to see HSTs and 60 degree triangles mixed up – another example of avoiding the obvious.

  5. allisonreidnem

    Loving following the piecing you are doing! As you’ve suggested it could be a stained glass window or the view down to tiles in a Mediterranean courtyard – there’s that great mix of cool and hot colours which makes me think of the contrast between cool inner rooms and outside summer heat.

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I love the notion of the Mediterranean courtyard! And yes, I like the hot and cool together. But my overall intention is for warmer. I think it leans that way. Thanks for taking a look.


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