For February's installment, Darlene asked us to make a border using hourglass blocks, a lot of them. I used fabrics from my stash...my goal is to make this entire queen sized quilt from fabrics I have on hand. I put all the blocks together and took a picture before I sewed them together. I think they would make a great quilt just by themselves!
Darlene's terrific instructions had me making the hourglass blocks in no time flat, but they had to be squared up before being sewed together and I wanted them to fit as well as they could. Lucky for me I found a ruler in my cupboard that I had forgot about...the June Tailor Perfect Half-Square and Quarter-Square Triangles. It really works! I had ordered it directly from the June Tailor site HERE and this was the perfect time to use it.
Thanks to Darlene's instructions, all the blocks were a little larger than needed. I love "squaring up" blocks because it usually results in a perfect block.
Out came the ruler and it gets placed on top of the block. Two sides are trimmed first...
then a quick turn to trim the other two sides...
Here is a better picture of the block with two sides trimmed.
Once the blocks were trimmed, they were ready to be sewed into strips for the borders. I added a narrow border with a little blue checked print afterwards and this is what I have so far. I love it, each and every step!
I think the quilt became a favorite after the very first part...to have the centre of the quilt made up of a variety of snowballs is just so perfect for me and this weather...yes, we still have snow on the ground!
I'm all set to start Part 3 which Darlene posted on Thursday. It is gorgeous! This gal has a fantastic ability to "build" a quilt. You can see Darlene's version HERE. Her latest step has appliqued feathers on a neutral background and pieced star blocks...a fun combination! Darlene uses a variety of greens for the applique but I am thinking of scrappy-coloured feathers. I am loving the variety of colours in the quilt so far. We would love to have you join us in this QAL. Check out the details at Quilts By Darlene HERE and see the Flickr page HERE for more inspiration.
If you remember, the other day I blogged HERE about the Pay It Forward project. The deadline was last night, I did the draw through random.org , and the following quilters will receive a little "small" quilt from me within the next year. In return, they agree to participate in a Pay It Forward project on their blog when my quilt is delivered to them. Emails are being sent to the following people to get delivery information. So here goes...the winners are
1) Sue who blogs at Chickadee's Country Cottage Crafts
2) Laura Van Fleet who blogs at Creations on the Island
3) Kerstin who blogs at Cookies Treasures
Congrats to those whose names were drawn. I am looking forward to sending you a little quilted treat sometime between now and next March.
It's a great day for quilting!