Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Remember the Hour Glass Quilt?


It is finished!  I spent much of last week quilting and binding this quilt.  Measuring 64 inches x 73 inches this is the largest quilt that I have quilted myself.


A few words used whilst quilting cannot be repeated here.  Straight line quilting (most of it continuous) means a lot of turning the quilt whilst it is still under the sewing machine.  There were no disasters and I do think it was worth the effort.  The quilting adds a very sleek and modern touch to an otherwise traditional pattern.

I used Anna Maria Horner - Little Folks - Voile for the quilt back.  Again there were a few issues with the basting process as the voile just won't stick to anything. (I even went to Bunnings where my request for tape with high tack was met with an odd look and concern for my floorboards rather than for my quilt!).  Towards the end of basting the entire quilt sandwich was again afloat on my floorboards.  As stressful as that was, I need not have worried as the quilt was quite stable by then.


The combination of Liberty and Little Folks voile fabrics has given this quilt a lovely drape and a buttery soft feel.  To make your own Hour Glass Quilt the tutorial can be found here.  The borders that I have added to this quilt are both the same width as the Hour Glass Blocks (4 1/2 inches finished).



The Hour Glass quilt has commenced its journey to its new owner in the UK, where I already know it will be taken care of and much loved. 

44 comments:

  1. Another stunner! Beautiful Rita - I'm sure the new owner knows what a beauty it is!

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  2. I love that last photo on the bottom - seeing how the different quilting styles come together. It looks very lovely.

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  3. What a lovely finish. You'll be quilting those queen size quilts soon enough!

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  4. Absolutely stunning. The fabric combinations are just lovely... Beautiful work, Rita!

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  5. The finished quilt is gorgeous! :)

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  6. {Sigh} I just LOVE that quilt!

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  7. I've been mustering up the courage to splurge on some Liberty of London fabric.. and I'm thinking I'm now going to have to! Of course it'll be a while since I'm on a tight budget, but I really love how well Little Folks and Liberty fabrics work well together.

    Are the textures similar? I've got some Little Folks fabric, so I know how that feels, and I've read that Liberty is lawn cotton, so how does it compare? I've read they are similar in texture, but I'm sure there's differences.

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  8. It's absolutely stunning! How many different prints did you end up using?

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  9. It's beautiful. What wonderful quiting.

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  10. This looks beautiful - the straight line quilting was a great call on this one.

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  11. Beautiful quilt, vintage pattern with a modern edge fits together perfect.

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  12. Oh Rita, you are so just so clever!

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  13. Gorgeous quilt! The colors in the fabric are so pretty. Great job with the quilting. Love & blessings from NC!

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  14. It has certainly been worth the effort, Rita - just beautiful!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

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  15. I'm lost for words!That is definitely one of the most beautiful quilts I've ever seen!

    gorgeous, well done
    Corrie;)

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  16. That is a spectacular quilt! And I absolutely love the print on the back - such a lovely touch to contrast with the geometric print on the front. I can't wait to try this one for myself! Congratulations!

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  17. Just beautiful! Sometimes wrestling with the quilt is worth it in the end. Love how it turned out!

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  18. It turned out beautifully. Love the quilting lines.

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  19. This is a real beauty! I like the colors and quilting bunches.

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  20. So pretty! Love all the fabrics - great job!

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  21. I really think that your modern take on the traditional hourglass block is perfect...from the straightline quilting to the beautiful colors and fabrics.
    x
    Lori

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  22. Oh Rita another winning quilt. I have a question, hope you don't mind. I use straight line quilting, just a new comer at this but wondering why and how you use continuous quilting and why you turn the quilt whilst under the needle.
    Thanks

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  23. Have you tried using bulldog clips to stretch and hold the quilt. I have quilted queens size quilts on my machine and use this method to baste the quilt. You pin the centre then reposition the backing batting and top each side.

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  24. I so love this quilt and have been saving fabrics for some time now to make one too. As always...you're so inspiring!

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  25. Gorgeous and the quilting is wonderful!! Just lovely!
    Paulette

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  26. Oh so beautiful. I have more Little Folks on the way. Hope I can do them justice.

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  27. This one is a winner, love the Liberty element.

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  28. Hi Rita
    The quilt is lovely, you did a great job. The fabrics look so fresh and vibrant, I'm sure the new owner will treasure it.
    Cheers
    Munaiba

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  29. Love the quilt - beautiful fabrics and great quilting. Love the Bunnings story - I quite enjoy the odd trip to Bunnings for some crafty goodies.

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  30. Oh so gorgeous, Rita! Really pretty! After seeing all of the Little Folks in action, I had to acquire some. After feeling it, I may have to acquire some more. Posterity and all. I wonder if my basting method would have helped with the backing? I layer things up on top of a heavy cotton knit blanket and then slide a cutting board around underneath to pin. Backings don't move on top of the blanket. Don't know if the lightness of the voile would have still resisted this.

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  31. The finished quilt looks great. I think your quilting looks wonderful!

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  32. I think this one is a work of art truly!!

    I am working on a queen quilt right now and I am sewing my squares (2 rectangle strips sewn together), into rows and I am noticing some of my stitches on one end of the square are trying to loosen up:/ So I have to go back and secure with backstitching---should I adjust something on my machine---what do you think?? BTW this is a tessellation cross quilt too.

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  33. How much do I love that quilt? Way, way too much. It's truly fabulous.

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  34. Looks wonderful!! Great fabric choices and the quilting suits it perfectly!!

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  35. This one is a real beauty!

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  36. Beautiful quilt. How exciting to know your quilts get to travel the world, to exciting places, and are loved.


    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  37. I love the quilting on it!! SO beautiful!!

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  38. You make very beautiful quilts!

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