…so are the days of my quilting. Time always rushes by when I’m sewing and I can never seem to make enough of it.
I’m continuing to work on the Modern Venus quilt, specifically the hourglass quilt blocks for the sky.
I cut the squares using a rotary cutter and included room for seam allowances. Then, for one hourglass block, I selected two fabrics. It helped me at first to press one of the blocks diagonally so I could really see the line. After making a bunch of them, though, I found I didn’t need to press anymore. After cutting and pressing, I placed the squares right sides together and made sure the corners were matched up neatly.
Then I sewed 1/4″ on either side of the pressed diagonal line. First one side…
… and then the other.
So I ended up with a piece that looks like this.
I then used the rotary cutter to slice down the center, on the pressed diagonal line, cutting the block into two equal (identical) pieces.
Then I pressed each of these two pieces open.
After that, I matched up my new two blocks so that the contrasting fabrics were facing each other, right sides together. I made sure to align the center seams very precisely to ensure a neat result.
Then I repeated the process of sewing 1/4″ to either side of the diagonal. First one side…
… and then the second side.
So then I had a block that looks like this.
I sliced it in half with the rotary cutter and pressed the block open.
The back of the block looks like this.
And the front of the block looks like this! An hourglass pattern, as you can see, very precise and with a crisp spot where all four points meet in the middle.
I need to make approximately 300 of these for the sky, and I’m almost done with that process. After that, I’ll make a final decision about what quilt block I want to use for the sea and select my fabrics for that section. I know I’d like a fairly simple block pattern since I’ll be making a lot of them, but I’m not sure exactly what it should be yet.
Have you ever used a particular technique to make a specific quilt block? I’d love to know what your favorites are!