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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Time Is Up

This week is the final Project Quilting Challenge (8.6) at Persimon Dreams. The theme is “Time is Up” and I really had no idea what to do for it. The only thing that came to mind was an hourglass block. So, that’s what I decided to do.

I sorted through my shelves and pulled some bright prints that I have no idea what to do with. These are fabrics that I have won at guild meetings, gifts from shop hops, picked up off the free table at guild meetings because I thought I could use them, or they were that last fabric in a bundle of fat quarters that I bought because I wanted to use the other fabrics in the bundle. These are the poor lowly fabrics that I just had no plan for.

Then I saw that I had some yardage of Kona White solid fabric. My Rainbow Stars quilt uses Kona Snow, and I needed more of it. Silly me picked up Kona White at the fabric store, and they are not the same color. Ergh. So, the Kona White has been sitting on my shelves for over a year now. But this week, it is fulfilling its destiny and going into a quilt.

I took the prints and the white fabric and cut them all up into 10 inch squares, then paired prints with white and each set made two humble hourglass blocks. Yesterday I finished up 30 hourglass blocks and put them on the design wall…



My intention was to make a large quilt. This is where I had a problem with my focus. Usually, I need to focus more intently on completing a project. This week I have been focusing too intently. The deadline for the Challenge is this weekend, and I knew I wouldn’t meet the deadline for a completed quilt. The blocks on the design wall would only make a small lap quilt, and I decided I really wanted to make a larger bed size quilt and needed to make more blocks. So, that is was I was planning on doing. Fortunately, Paula on the Challenge Quilts Facebook page suggested I make a pillow for the Challenge with just a few blocks so I could meet the deadline and then continue making the quilt with more blocks. Why didn’t I think of that?? I was too focused on my plan of making the larger quilt for the Challenge, rather than finding a project that was more sensible to make within the time frame. Now that I have my head straightened out, I was able to complete my Challenge project this morning. Yay!

When I put my hourglass blocks on the design wall, there was one fabric that I wasn’t crazy about…this green fabric with the metallic gold leaves…



So, I took both of the blocks from this fabric and made them into a mini pillow…



Here is the other side…



This measures 9 inches square, so it is just for show (or a doll). I think it looks fine on its own, but the fabric just did not play well for me on the design wall with the other blocks.

I will be linking up for the final Project Quilting Challenge of 2017. Head over to see all of the wonderful and creative projects everyone has come up with this week.


1 comment:

  1. YEAH! I love this! Thank you Paula for helping bring things into perspective! Be sure to share when you do finish your larger quilt too! Thanks for joining in the pQ fun ;)

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