Thank you to everyone for your wonderful comments this week! I apologize for being woefully behind in responding. Looks like it will be a bit hit or miss this summer.
I finished my hour glass quilt June 23. Hour glasses were once used to measure time. It made me think about the question everyone seems to ask, how long does it take to make a quilt? I am sure you have been asked this as well. I never know how to answer. Mr. Wonderful bought these fabrics for me on a trip three years ago. So did this quilt take three years?
I initially wanted it to be reminiscent of a flag and planned to display it for the 4th. This plan only worked if I pieced it like the second picture below. But I would have had to find more blues and leave some reds out. This goes against my sense of thrift.
So this is the layout I chose. It used every last piece with nothing left over other than the small triangles I cut for a leader/ender project.
I started quilting it on Sunday, June 21.
And this is how it looks after I washed and dried it on Tuesday, June 23.
I used a pantograph called Random Clams from Urban Elementz. It is not the easiest pattern to follow. My work is all hand guided, no computers. I was not happy with my quilting but it looks better after washing and a bit of crinkly shrinking.
I wanted the impression of random Baptist fans without the stiff regularity of the Baptist Fan panto that I have.
How long would you say this took?
Anyway, Happy Independence Day!