Here’s a quilt I made for my sister’s birthday that I gave to her a couple of weeks ago. I had hoped for it to be a Christmas present, but that didn’t happen. It uses 168 hour glasses. I used up all of the 6 inch Charm squares I had collected. It’s the biggest quilt that I’ve ever machine quilted. (I must ask my sister to measure it for me … hey sis, can you measure the quilt, please.)


I used Spray Basting for it, and it worked really well, in most cases. I had some puckering problems in one area, on the front (back is fine), and I’m not sure whether I didn’t spray enough or what happened. It’s towards one of the edges in the middle of the quilt. Any ideas? Once it was all quilted and washed, the puckering is hardly noticable anymore.

I quilted all seams, stitch in the ditch style. First I did the rows, both horizontal and vertical, then I did the diagonals in both directions. The quilting took me a lot longer than I thought it would, but I got much faster as time went on too. I’m far more confident now too.

I used Shelley’s updated tutorial on Joining the Ends of Double-Folded Binding, and it worked flawlessly the first time. I was so thrilled.

I thought the back looked nice, so here’s a picture, showing off the quilting lines.


Lots of Hour Glasses

6 thoughts on “Lots of Hour Glasses

  • May 15, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Regarding puckering and spray basting…I always spray baste when I machine quilt. I am too lazy to pin and then move all the safety pins! I have discovered that I have fewer pucker issues if I iron again before I quilt. If I do end up with a pucker, I always wash the quilt and dry it. They always look better after that!!

  • May 31, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    If the quilts disappear or blend in once it’s washed, who cares? I only fix a pucker if it’s huge, because they usually do get camouflaged.

  • June 1, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for including my blog on your directory! I love this quilt you made. Beautiful!

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