Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Hour by Hour

It feels like it's been forever, but in actuality, I've only been working on my latest quilt for a month. It's nothing like what I was thinking about when I started piecing scrappy hourglass blocks, but I guess that's ok. I didn't anticipate the block orientationS, the 'sashing,' or the addition of the berry fabric. This one truly evolved.

The funny thing is my inspiration fabric that influenced my initial fabric pull receded into the background in no time. That olive fabric (see arrow below) was a favorite, and I had just a fat-quarter, so as the quilt grew in size and complexity, the olives got overwhelmed, but I like searching for them in the finished piece.

Any trace of those berry fabrics or that gold/green sashing fabric was nowhere to be found when I started in. But my desire to grow the piece strongly influenced the palette and the design.

For the quilt back, I used a few leftover blocks, but primarily some stash fabrics. The prints I found were amazingly good coordinates for the front of the quilt. I was actually kind of surprised that I had prints on hand that reinforced the palette that I ended up with on the front! Serendipity for sure.

As you can see, I quilted a simple diagonal grid. It just seemed like enough for this one, and resulted in a soft, cozy quilt. If I have one regret, it's that I didn't have enough berry anything to bind the quilt, but it is a scrappy quilt after all. It measures 60" square, and I'm ready to see what's next.


  1. It looks like you were able to sneak in a small pieced berry something in to the binding, though, which is a fun detail. 60" square is a great lap size cuddle quilt, and it sounds like you made great use of scraps and stash!

  2. I love how it evolved. It is such a great quilt! And though I can get the desire for a berry binding, I think this one also works well :) xo

  3. "Evolution" is indeed a good way to describe your design process with this one. It turned out so good! You're right that the berry is perfect with it. The color palette is unique, and that's what makes it special. I'm glad your diagonal quilting worked out too. Simple is most often a good way to go. I've begun quilting a large quilt that isn't making its quilting design evident! I'm finding it tough to make myself work on it when I can't "see" where it's going.

  4. Olive, berry and turquoise, super combination! I think the best quilts are the quilts that 'tell you where to go next.' That improv look. Wonderful finish Debbie.