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Disappearing Hourglass Finish



After what seems like a long time, I finally finished the DHG quilt.  It is 64″ x 80″, and will go the Quilts of Valor after I get a pillowcase made.


I feel like one of those recipe blog commentors we’ve been parodying lately.  I made this quilt just like the tutorial at Missouri Star Quilt Company, except I didn’t use a layer cake.  Also, I don’t like their method for making the HSTs, because they’re stretchy on the bias, so I made my own using 6 1/2″ squares.  This caused everything to be a different size.  Then, I completely changed the layout of the blocks.  But otherwise it’s just the same as theirs!


In general, these blocks were fun to make, but 48 was too many.  I should have made fewer and used borders.  Their sew-around-the-edge method was much faster than my diagonal stitching method, so use it if the wonkiness doesn’t bother you.  My top was nice and flat, though, unlike my Disappearing Pinwheel.


I had ideas for free-motioning over each block, but I couldn’t figure out how to make a design work without a lot of marking, and I wasn’t up for that.  So I used all straight lines, mostly with the walking foot.  I wasn’t too pleased with look while it was in progress, but after washing and drying, it’s fine.  I used Superior’s Bottom Line, white on top, dark gray on the bottom.


I like all the white (Snow, actually).  It seems fresh and light.  And it’s finished!

What have you finished this week?  I’m linking up to Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Author: Valerie

I'm Valerie, also known as Scooquilt. I am passionate about fabric and quilting. My quilts are colorful and modern, but grounded in traditional blocks. My degrees are in Fine Arts and Education. I'm retired from teaching and trying to quilt daily. Reading, gardening, and cats are also important to me.

5 thoughts on “Disappearing Hourglass Finish

  1. I always try to avoid marking – I just do not find it fun! Wonderful quilt for Quilts of Valor.

  2. I think it looks gorgeous, I like the simple straight line quilting. And since it will go to donation the muggkes would not know the time-consuming free motion quilting anyways! I love your approach about the changes you made, it made me giggle :)))

  3. I really agree about the marking! It is the most boring part of the whole process of quilting! Love your quilt, you’ve done a great job!

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