Hourglass Top Done … AND Giving It Away

You might have noticed I’m not quilting much lately. (Plenty going on, though — I haven’t been idle.) However I did finally finish the top to my hourglass quilt. It’s big, about 94″ square, a good size for a queen bed. And it’s too big for a photo while it lies on the floor. But here are a some shots to give you an idea of how it looks.

The blocks are 8″ finish in a 10×10 layout, making the center 80″ square. The borders add another 7″ on each side. I chose a 3-layered border because the lovely rusty red print was too busy to sit next to the busy blocks. It needed separation. The innermost border is very dark green, though it might read black on your screen. The narrow middle border is orangey-gold. I have a dark green with olive print to bind it.




My sister Cathie will quilt it when I visit her in a few days. I’m looking forward to seeing it finished, and then giving it away. (I’m looking forward to see her, too. 🙂 )

In fact, I’ve sorted my quilts and picked a number of them to give away. I won’t miss them when they’re gone. Do you?


19 thoughts on “Hourglass Top Done … AND Giving It Away

  1. denmck

    I love your choice of colors here. Beautiful quilt! I only have a few quilts still living with me but most move on to other people’s homes. I even have one living in Barbados! I haven’t been there, but my quilt has, LOL.

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Hi Sandi. I edited your comment to omit the receiver of the quilt. I don’t expect that person to look here, but you never know! Thanks for the compliment and the comment.

  2. allisonreidnem

    I gave a quilt to my daughter and when we visited recently I couldn’t help keep looking at it (it’s being used as a sofa throw) so I guess that quilt at least still has a pull on me, and yes I would be upset if I saw it being used for rags in the garage!

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      hmmm… rags… Well, if I give something, I have to be ready to not control it. If someone chose to abuse their quilt, I would be upset. BUT it would be their right, really. AND I would never make another for them. I could tell ya stories… 🙂

  3. Cheryl in Iowa

    I need to hold on to my quilts even for just a little bit before I can let it go. Then I take a few pictures and it is OK to let go. Donation quilts usually make me feel pretty good…I have a skill that can help those in need.

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      We are so fortunate to have those skills, aren’t we? I do get attached to some quilts, but most are okay to give. Pictures help, as you say. Thanks for reading and commenting today.

  4. katlorien

    I think this is just gorgeous. My favourite colour palette! The outer red fabric is perfect, I love red and paisley type designs.
    I mostly English paper piece, so by the time I have finished my quilts (3 years!) they are part of the family, but I share them by putting them on the beds of my visitors.

  5. katechiconi

    I love the wide red border fabric – in fact, I have a substantial piece of it carefully hoarded in my stash against a future project! This is a lovely quilt.
    The quilts I keep are ones I love and want to have for myself; all the rest are made as gifts and given away, and I try hard not to become too attached to them before they go!


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