February 27, 2020

Hourglass Quilt Featuring Michael Miller Basics


Today I am posting my last project as a Michael Miller Brand Ambassador. Working with them over the past year has been so much fun. Though I am sad to be letting it go, I am so excited to see what this new batch of talented designers will create in 2020!
For my last project, I took it back to basics. Did you know Michael Miller Fabrics has not only a HUGE collection of solids, but also a great collection of dots, gingham, and blenders as well? They all play so well together and are so fun to mix and match. My favorite project using Michael Miller basics was the Happy Hearts quilt I made for Quiltmaker magazine last fall. I mixed solids, gingham, and fabrics from their Dumb Dot line to create this fun quilt.

I have to admit that "basics" aren't usually my go-to when making a quilt. I tend to gravitate towards fun patterns and florals, but after making my Happy Hearts quilt and this hourglass quilt I'm about to tell you about, I may be changing my mind!
As far as style goes, I would describe mine as traditional and sometimes vintage. However, the more I scroll through Instagram and see the beautiful quilts others are making, the more I want to branch out and try something new. So, when I ordered my fabrics for this last project, I picked colors I don't normally work with or use together but that I see a lot in modern quilts. The colors you see above are:

  • Cream
  • Cameo
  • Dusty Rose
  • Slate
  • Celestial
  • Amber
  • Ochre
  • Jewel

My original intention with these fabrics was to make a 3-D herringbone quilt, which is why I ordered both a dark and light version of the same color. However, once I started cutting and piecing, I realized I did not enjoy the process of making a herringbone pattern, so I abandoned that, discouraged. I couldn't wrap my mind around the ways it was assembled and pieced, and it caused me more stress than joy! I think if I tried a herringbone quilt again, I might make it using the half-square triangle method instead.

So, after stewing on what to do with these beautiful fabrics, I found inspiration in a video from Missouri Star Quilt Company on how to make an  hourglass quilt.
This is a great quilt pattern. Not only does it sew together quickly, but there is NO FABRIC WASTE! No corners to trim off and throw away, no sewing with triangles. It's amazing, and I highly recommend you watch the video!
I cut my fabric into 5" squares and mixed solids with other basics, as well as some other Michael Miller coordinating prints. Once I cut my larger squares into the four smaller ones, I trimmed them down to 6" using a 6" Omnigrid ruler.
I love this ruler for this pattern because it has diagonal lines, so you can perfectly center it on the diagonal lines of your block. Once all my blocks were cut, I squared them up and started laying them out. I made my quilt 11 x 11 (blocks, that is) for a total of 121 blocks. It measures 60.5" square, but I'm thinking of adding some borders to make it a bit bigger. I am planning on using it as a picnic quilt.

So, even though it's still a work in progress, I wanted to share it with you while I was still so excited about it! I think this one is going to be a new favorite.

I want to say a huge thank you to Susan and the Michael Miller team for making me a part of your group this last year. It has been amazing!

Happy Sewing!
-Stephanie-



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