there's so much i want to tell you about this quilt pattern. and there's a great giveaway at the end, as a reward for listening to me blather on!!
i made the original forevah ago. i used a bunch of floral charm squares i had collected doing swaps online, and some white tone on tone leftover from a project. at the time, i just wanted to make a quilt, to get over my fear of making a quilt. hourglass blocks seemed just hard enough, so that's what i made. 100 of them.
but i forgot to pay attention to the orientation of the squares when i stitched four of them to make a block. so i ended up with some that had horizontal hourglasses in the top corner, and others that had vertical. so i played around with them on the floor and thought, huh, if i leave a space i can make this work. so i added in the white rectangles, and then a wide border.
i quilted it on my little machine. it's still the largest thing i've quilted myself, because honestly, it sucked. i just did straight lines, following the stitching, which looks cool on the back. but i didn't know what to do in the centers of the white rectangles, and in the border, so they just stayed blank. i bound & backed it in thrifted fabrics.
i posted pics of it in my flickr, & i still get new comments and favorites on it. i tossed around the idea of making a pattern, but don't know pdfs. one day this summer, i took the plunge & submitted it to Moda. i was so thrilled when they said they liked it!
i couldn't get it basted without wrinkles, & then i tried three times to quilt it. for whatever reason, my machine & i could not work together. frustrated with ripping out stitches, i turned to the KCMQG facebook page & asked for help.
Ariane of Callie Grace Quilts donned her cape and came to my rescue! she has a new longarm business, and she did an amazing job on this quilt! i gave her free reign, so she chose the design. she did a dense paisley design in all the white, outlined the hourglasses, and it looks wonderful. so be sure to check out her website, and get some of those tops finished!
and to celebrate, i have a fabulous giveaway today! how about a $50 gift certificate for quilting services from Callie Grace Quilts? AND a set of charm packs to start your own charm crossing? Fat Quarter Shop is giving one winner their choice of two charm packs! i'm using rafflecopter to run the giveaway:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
head over to fat quarter shop, choose what charm packs you'd want to get, and leave me a comment here. then click the correct rafflecopter button to enter.
personally? i'd choose mama said sew.
or maybe a little christmas joy:
giveaway ends next tuesday the 4th at midnight , and winner will be drawn and notified on wednesday. the winner will be responsible for shipping their quilt to and from Callie Grace Quilts.
thanks so much to Moda Bakeshop and Ariane for helping me with this project! it was a lot of fun and i'm sure we'll do it again soon! :)