Naw, this isn’t about the soap opera. It’s about hourglasses. You know, “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” I never even watched the show, but I can still hear the announcer’s voice.
A few days ago I started a new quilt. It’s a block quilt this time, not a medallion. Hourglasses are a favorite of mine, and they’re easy to make. I was ready for easy. I decided to make large-ish blocks, 8″ finish, to make a bed quilt. Using a 10×10 layout, that would give an 80″ square quilt, not including borders.
I chose old-fashioned pretties from my stash, things I still enjoy but am not using much these days. The darks are in reds, greens, teals, and purples. The lights are varied, ranging from creams to peaches to pale greens and blues. None of the fabrics are uglies or leftovers, and many of them are interesting in their own right.
I cut 50 light squares and 50 dark squares, and cut them on the diagonal twice to make the hourglass triangles. That gave me 400 patches. I paired them light and dark randomly and stitched, creating 200 pairs. Then I matched them again randomly. My only hard rule was to not have two purples or two reds, for example, in the same hourglass block. So each block has two different dark colors in it. I also randomized the lights so each block has two different lights, as well.
Today I’ve been sewing rows. Here is a taste of the layout.
As you can see, most of the blocks have red as one of the triangles. Using a dominant color helps create an anchor. When no color dominates or repeats enough, a quilt can appear chaotic. Well, this riot of scrappy triangles is chaotic enough! I also chose a dark red print for the border, to emphasize the reds.
As I write this, there are only 11 seams left. Of course they are the long ones, assembling the center and attaching the borders. But very likely this project will get put aside for a while. That’s okay as I’m not in a hurry for it. It’s intended as a gift and can wait until cooler weather to be given. I think the recipient will enjoy the fabrics I chose as much as I do.