Quilting Progress – Hourglass Project

Hourglass quilt

Hi Everyone! On Monday I showed you the hourglass quilt basted and ready for quilting. Above is what it looked like then; below is a shot showing the progress I’ve made:

Hourglass blocks Somerset Fig Tree


Matchstick Quilting

I adore the look and the texture matchstick quilting gives, but boy, is it hard on the arms and shoulders! I’m powering my way through this one and loving it. Here’s my question for you – what would you quilt in the hourglass sections? I’ve had a couple of ideas – loops, feathers, curly cues, or just echoing the shape – but haven’t made up my mind yet. What would you do?

matchstick quilting hourglass blocks

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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13 Responses to Quilting Progress – Hourglass Project

  1. Sam Sinclair says:

    Love the matchstick quilting. I would leave the hourglasses unquilted. Thanks for the inspiration – going to give this pattern a go.

  2. soma1773 says:

    I think I like them unquilted too. But if you need to quilt it, I like Cheryl’s idea of echoed triangles too. It’s looks great so far. Can’t wait to see it finished.


  3. I love the matchbook quilting, and i am impressed you chose to do it over such a large area! I think the triangles look great offset by the density of the matchstick quilting, and I would be inclined to leave them both because they pop already and to keep some softness to the quilt. However, I do love to love to quilt my quilts to death…so I might do different motifs in each triangle set, keeping them more lightly quilted than the background patches — echoed triangles, spiraled triangles, continuous curves, feathers…Or if you want a more consistent look, I would use feathers or continuous curves, since the quilt colors and pattern is more traditional, and they would make a good contrast with the more ‘modern’ matchsticks. No matter what you decide to do with it, it is a beautiful quilt!

  4. Lara B. says:

    Beth it is incredible that you can do that much matchstick quilting.
    Actually I really like how the hourglasses look left with no quilting, but the other ideas sound good too.

  5. Cheryl says:

    I love your match-stick quilting. It adds such a great texture to the white solid areas of the quilt and makes the patterns pop. You could love the prints unquilted or if you wanted to quilt something in them you could make a few echoed triangles in each, echoing the shape of the triangle smaller and smaller (though that would have a lot of starts and stops which I try to avoid).

  6. Carrie says:

    I agree with Susan and Karen. I would leave the triangles as is because the matchstick quilting on the white really makes the prints pop.

    I guess it depends on who the final recipient is and how much the quilt is going to be used/washed/loved.

  7. salmagundi says:

    I’m all for geometrics, so I would probably echo the triangle. Sally

  8. Jasmine says:

    It looks so good. I found that I felt it more in my shoulders when I was quilting densely. As for the triangles, I would do loops or feathers.

  9. Anne Beier says:

    I agree with Susan. But, if you really feel the need to add more, I would use something curvy because the pattern of the top are all straight lines and edges. Beautiful job.

  10. lorindadavis says:

    I love it! I would do something rounded in the hourglasses to contrast the matchstick quilting and complement the floral prints.

  11. Karen Thurn says:

    I think echo the shape would be interesting. Or just leave it as is.

  12. I really like Angela Walter’s book Shape by Shape. You can see some of her ideas for triangular shapes in a preview here: http://www.ctpub.com/shape-by-shape-free-motion-quilting-with-angela-walters/

  13. Susan says:

    Honestly, I wouldn’t quilt anything at all. The matchstick in the background gives such a nice definition to the colored triangles, and I like the way it poofs them a bit. If you used the right batting, you shouldn’t have to quilt anything in there. If you want to quilt it to death, then something curvy or swirly seems called for. =)

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