Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Clarissa #3

Bonnie Hunter's leader/ender challenge this year is the hourglass block and I have chosen my project to be a reproduction of a quilt from the late 1800s. You can see my photo of the original Clarissa quilt here and learn more about the blocks here.

Here is block #3 fresh off the ironing board. The challenge was issued in mid July and it is now October, and I have just finished three blocks. At the rate of about one block a month, I will be finishing this challenge in 3.5 years! 

I love the quirky centre block with the 4 hourglass units in the middle. See how the letter A pops out? 
Then there is a round of dark turquoise and neutrals, and the outside round is made of dark brown hourglass blocks with neutrals or golds and one with teal. I really enjoy making these block with small 1.5" scrap strips. 
And here are my first three 12" Clarissa blocks. Each block has 144 pieces, for a total of 432 triangles so far!
I like the addition of the gold fabric and plan to look around in the scrap bags for more golds that could be included. I also found a few more scraps I can include that were from a Crossed Canoe mini quilt I made 6 years ago. The scraps are never ending and I am so happy that some are being put to good use in this project.
Are you playing along with the Leader/Ender challenge this year?

13 comments:

  1. Not joining in this year...still working on the tumblers and I started a four patch challenge 2 years ago as well....arghh...not enough time!

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  2. Your blocks are beautiful. I'm thinking about the hourglass possibilities but haven't decided on a size or plan yet.

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  3. This is turning out quite nicely. It is one of those quilts that make me want to drop everything and start this one, but I know I can't. I want to finish something this year!

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  4. These blocks are delightful. Love the pinwheel centers--so unexpected!

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  5. Not doing hour glass units. I'm still working on split nine patches!

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  6. your blocks are great!! A leader-ender project is planned to take awhile, between other sewing!! You just need a lot of hourglasses!! This would be the only way to get R done for me!! It is going to be lovely!! Enjoy the process, as you are making other quilts between this

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  7. Very pretty blocks. You find the best places to use up all those scraps.

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  8. Well Kathy it IS a leader/ender project. It is not designed to be made in a day. It is looking great and will be a good use of those scraps.

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  9. I love seeing your Clarissa blocks! I'm making hourglasses, but just out of random 3.5" squares from the stash, with no clear plan as to what I'll do with them...

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  10. I need to cut a bunch more. I used up all of the ones I cut before my Quilt Retreat. Nice blocks.

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  11. I am making 4" finished hourglasses (uses 2.5" strips) in a Halloween theme quilt (for next year, not this year!). I got the tumbler quilt Pieced but haven't quilted yet, and I still have Allietare to quilt (I made a much smaller version, it's going to be a floor pillow, not a quilt).

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  12. Even though you aren't using repro fabrics, the blocks have a vintage look.

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