Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Leader-Ender Challenge Update



Bonnie Hunter's Leader-Ender Challenge this year is the hourglass block. I chose to make my own version of a quilt inspired by a quilt from the 1800's made by Clarissa White Alford. You can see the original quilt here and learn more about it here.


I have just finished sewing the second block. Each block is made of 36 hourglass blocks, which I am sewing in a leader-ender fashion.
However, when it comes time to sew the block together, it's a concentrated effort. There are a lot of thick seams to match, and lots of points that I don't want to lose in the seams. I sure do love that blue/teal fabric that has sewing machines on it. I don't have much of it left and will sprinkle the remaining scraps in some of the future blocks.

Here are the first two blocks side by side. I like the ways in which they are the same and yet they are different.
Clarissa block #1 and #2

13 comments:

  1. Oh I love these so much!! The colours are just amazing!!

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  2. The colours are lovely. Oh so many seams

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  3. Love the colors and oh my, so many tiny pieces!

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  4. lots of seams! lovely quilt, I like those colors

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  5. I love your hourglasses, and those Clarissa blocks are spectacular!
    So far I'm just letting my hourglasses pile up, without making a decision about their eventual use, but following your lead is very tempting!

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  6. Love the brown and teal combo...are you keeping this combo throughout the quilt/other blocks or will the rest be a different colour combo?

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  7. What great blocks! I love your leader/ender challenge. The sewing machine fabric is pretty wonderful :0)

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  8. I just finished a child's hourglass quilt for charity. It was the first hourglass I've made. I have to give it to you - I don't think I could have managed it if I were doing the blocks like you have. It is beautiful, just beyond my current skill level.

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  9. This is a very good way to handle this challenge, Kathy! And your colours are lovely. It's going to be wonderful!

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  10. These blocks are amazing!! I can believe all of those tiny seams!! I love blue and brown together, and your fabrics are beautiful!
    What size of blocks are they?
    Susie

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