Thursday, May 31, 2018

Clarissa Quilt Top

Clarissa was started in 2016 as a leader-ender challenge by Bonnie Hunter. The challenge was to make a quilt using hourglass blocks. It was the perfect incentive to make a quilt similar to one I had seen at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. The original quilt was made by Clarissa White Alford circa 1880. She raised her own 9 children, plus 6 children from her husband's first marriage, and after surviving that, Clarissa made her famous quilt completely by hand. That's right... no rotary cutter, no rulers and mats, no sewing machine, just scissors, needle and thread!

Almost 140 years later I used all the modern quilting tools to construct my copycat quilt top. Each block has 144 triangles, and my version of the quilt with 20 blocks has a total of 2,880 triangles plus the 48 sashing triangles for a grand total of...2,928 triangles in this quilt!
I did meet my May UFO goal of getting these blocks to quilt top status, but I'm still undecided about a final border. I'm thinking of a white border with the quarter square triangle (QST) cornerstones, then maybe another border of a million more QSTs. I haven't had the time to make a stack of blocks to see if I would like that, but that is the plan of the moment!
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16 comments:

  1. Good job, it is very pretty. The plan will work well, even if that means more Triangles.

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  2. Wowee!!! Such a fantastic quilt! Congratulations on having it together for the end of the month 😊

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  3. Clarissa is gorgeous! I like your plan for the borders.

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  4. Just gorgeous! I like your border ideas.

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  5. It's wonderful---can't wait to see it with the borders!

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  6. This is a spectacular quilt. I’ve enjoyed watching it come together and I certainly admire your perseverance. The story of the original quilt is amazing - thanks for sharing all of it!

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  7. this is just so beautiful--man you are the triangle queen, Kathy!!
    (And here I shudder thinking of triangles hahaha)
    Anyway--just a lovely set of blocks...hugs, Julierose

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  8. I'm inspired all over again (and jealous). I have a long way to go. Kudos and congrats to you!

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  9. Love it. Subtle sashings and makes all work well together.

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  10. Wow. It looks fabulous. Are you sure you want to make thousands more half square triangles? But it would look great. Have fun deciding what to do.

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  11. Such an amazing lady and quilter she was! And you and honoring her with your beautiful top / congrats on finishing it thus far!

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  12. This quilt is gorgeous! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

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  13. You should be so proud of this! It is gorgeous! Wow is correct!

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