Saturday, April 6, 2013

Hour Glass and Yo Yo Quilt

I've been working on this quilt off and on for several months.  I made it for the now two-month old twins, Kaitlyn and Dylan, of my nephew Joe and his wife Melanie.  I thought this wall-hanging quilt was the perfect baby quilt for the shared nursery of a little girl and boy!

Actually, this quilt was begun years ago, truth to tell!  I designed it under the tutelage of quilt artist and teacher Mary Mushuta at the Houston Quilt Festival.  The quilt made by Mary is found in one of Kaffe Fassett's books, CARAVAN OF QUILTS, in double spread pages 12 and 13, and then the directions for it are on p. 78.  Mary used all Kaffe fabrics, shot cottons and stripes.  The fabrics I chose are not his, but are considerably brighter than the ones Mary used.  In the class, after we cut out the hour glass blocks, Mary helped us with designing the layout.  I pinned the pieces on flannel, folded it up, put it away, and then, years later, pulled it out to make the quilt.  I ended up not liking how Mary had me arrange the blocks!  She wanted me to use four different fabrics in each block, which made the quilt look far too chaotic to my eyes!

I decided to alternate warm and cool colors in the hour-glass blocks, and I turned the cool blocks one way (in terms of color value) and the warm colors the other.  When I made and attached the yo-yo's, I chiefly put a warm yo-yo on a cool block, and vice versa.

I quilted it just as Mary did--with serpentine stitching through the seam lines of the blocks, the big ones and the small ones in the sashing, plus "stitch in the ditch" quilting along all major seam lines.  For the serpentine stitching,  I used violet thread in the cool block, coral in the warm ones.

warm yo-yo on cool block--violet quilting

cool yo-yo on warm block--coral quilting

The label that is adhered to the back of the quilt.


  1. Oooo! I love the warm and cool colors - especially the yellow and pink. I want to reach out and finger the pillowy yo-yo's. If I ever come to see you I want to watch you stitch with your machine.

    1. Nancy, watching me stitch would not be particularly interesting or illuminating! More interesting might be seeing me arrange fabric on the design wall to suit me, before stitching! Or watching me choose fabrics to use for a quilt, etc.

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