Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hour Glass Blocks

It's not Chaos-- It's my sewing.  I've had the twelve blocks completed for about six months.  It's a project I did with Sue and Mary---  making a quilt designed by Edyta Sitar. I've had Six months of reading directions for the sashing and borders.  I have had six months of 'Googling'--- looking at how others completed the project.

 Triangles totally geek me out--- but I wanted the completed piece more.  I decided how I wanted it to look --- I was going to make the creme hourglass pieces match the blocks they surround.   I knew I was going to have to have plenty of room to lay the project out. I realized the detail involved.

 I realized I wanted it to look perfect because years from now I didn't want my great-great-grand kids looking at it saying, "Look Grams messed up here and here---She ran out of fabric here too..." Stupid, yes, I know... But the most important thing was I didn't want a big ugly quilt.

Last Friday was a rough day at work --- at the point of reaching 'the brink'  I received an email that said -- "When work sucks...think of this...." and included this picture:

Yep-- it was just as fuzzy in the email...but it did the trick.  I made it through the day at work plus I realized I was placing too much pressure on a bunch of triangles and sashing strips.  

I turn the brown pieces the other way and now it does matter was order they are in... the more random the better.

It's still a real busy piece, but I didn't want it real dressy anyway, I wanted it 'huggable'... Hopefully I can get the other 6 blocks attached tonight.

The pups had me up at 3:45 am---- It's amazing the things you get done before work when you get up that early.  
Housebreaking alert:   We're ten days without an accident.... I think we're over the hurdle with Ripley.

The radio just announce a hard freeze alert... It's 30 degrees...and Living in the U.P., it's that time of the year.


Karen said...

The sashing is wonderful, wonderful! The busy look, my style. Love it!

Yikes! A freeze in your neighborhood and here we are sweltering as usual.

Angie said...

Beautiful---it is just beautiful and I love the pieced sashings. :) That a gorgeous quilt in the email to you too. :) Good job, Riley, with the 'no accidents'. :D Hmmmm, 3:45 a.m. now that's just a tad too early. :)

Karen said...

Sooooo pretty and I love the sashing on this quilt. It's been cool here as well - not quite freezing yet - but loving the cool. Way to go puppers with no accident - of course that means that family is doing an excellent job of being on patrol and getting him outside :) - way to go on that.

Hugs- Karen

Sue said...

Oohhh I love the brown shashing fabric! These arE coming along so wonderfully!

We had temps close to freezing last night. Makes ya definitely want to start cuddling up with a good quilt and a book!

Kindred Quilts said...

I think it's funny that the picture of the quilt someone e-mailed to you on Friday, has the same hour glass block sashing that you made for finishing your quilt... anyway, your quilt is really nice! I like the neutral tones. Yeah for Riley, too!

Colleen said...

Love it! You did a fabulous job on the triangles. I chickened out on doing them for Primitive Garden. Maybe next time I will accept the challenge :o) And I am loving our weather... my favorite time of year.

Libby said...

10 days accident free! Good job Ripley . . . you give me (and Larkin) hope *s*

McIrish Annie said...

Some times we put so much pressure on ourselves that it causes us to freeze. These blocks and sashings look fabulous. Glad you were able to "unfreeze" yourself and move forward. The quilt will be gorgeous when it's finished.

anne bebbington said...

It is busy but it's beautiful and worth getting over your triangleaphobia

Carrie P. said...

the sashing is looking really great. I just got news from my quilter that mine is finished. I won't get it until next week.

Muddling Through said...

I think it looks great, and isn't it wonderful to give yourself permission to be human! I'm for it.

(I'm also ready for some cooler weather here.)

Lynda said...

The hourglass blocks look fabulous.

Carol said...

An absolutely amazing sashing! That is one gorgeous quilt!
YIPPEE for Ripley!