Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Blues --disappearing hourglass blocks

  Blue and white is always striking and a favorite of mine.  These blocks were a test/experiment using the tutorial from Missouri Quilt Company for the Disappearing Hourglass.  You start with layer cake size squares, turn them into hourglass blocks, then cut, cut, and cut them apart.  Next you flip and turn and sew things back together.   Sound confusing.....that's why I only did 6 as a test of this technique.



   I have done several things using info from the video tutorials from MSQC, so I knew it would work.  Sort of.  I think this tutorial should be labeled at least intermediate.  It was the sub-cuts you make that threw me off.  You must measure very, very carefully from the center seam, or things do not work out.   I was off  a bit on the sub-cut on this block and I struggled to get it to match.   There were a couple of others that grew on me--bias---and I just did the best I could with them.

But the open area for quilting....yes!  It was fun to fill in with feather sprays.  I left the blue areas unquilted.  

  Would I do this again.....maybe.  There is absolutely no waste to this technique.  You do have some bias areas to watch.  Pressing and measuring are vital.  Yet the blocks finish large and go together quickly.
  Be brave and try a couple....happy stitching.

14 comments:

  1. Good morning Debbie and what a way to start the day, with this beautiful quilt of yours, jumping off the screen at me, and knocking my socks off with it's vibrant, stunning blue fabric. I am not a huge fan of light color blues, but I do lean toward the darker, brighter tones, and would love to purchase some of this, if you wouldn't mind sharing the name and manufacturer of this line. Don't you just love Jenny Doan and her tutorials. She is so warm and personable, with a great sense of humor, and is a great representative of their business. lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  3. Very pretty end result. I love the Blue and White and the Quilting makes it pop. Fantastic.

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  4. Blue and white is a favorite 2 color combo. And your feather work is gorgeous, as usual!
    I took this class from Jenny last year and I still only have the 6 blocks done that I made in class. I have the layer cakes to make a big quilt, but too many others are in line in front if it.

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  5. i love those blocks , making a queen sized quilt with them on my blog

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  6. That's beautiful! I'm intrigued to try this myself sometime now. :)

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  7. Your quilting on this piece is glorious - beautiful feathers. The blocks sound to have been quilt complex.

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  8. A very fun little quilt, and your quilting is lovely. I think I've just added another project to my want to make list!

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  9. I'm glad you made that one, when I saw it and read about the sub cuts I decided not to jump in. Your's looks perfect and of course the quilting makes the whole quilt beautiful.

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  10. This looks amazing. I love how you quilted it. I have wanted to try this block, but have heard from multiple people that it is hard to be exact.

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  11. I really like the combination of the blue print and the crisp white, stunning!

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  12. Love the results and am glad I stopped by before I started mine. Good tips on the cub cuts and measuring. Jenny does say several times to measure from center, but without reading your note I would probably have forgotten...beautiful piece and quilting!!! Thanks as I am about to start one....wish me luck.

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