I thought I would share another quilt from my book, Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design today. I named this quilt Sixty Seconds because I based my design on the traditional hourglass block. I divided up the space a little bit differently though. My hourglasses are asymmetrical, improvisationally sketched. I decided to add lines for the sand falling through the hourglass just for fun. I tried to find all white prints and black prints that had speckled types of designs on them that suggested sand. I had to go on quite a hunt to find them all! I folded the quilt back in this picture because I love this backing for this particular quilt so I wanted to make sure it showed. I just feel like it fits the mood of the quilt nicely.
I decided to lay my blocks out with a lot of negative space so that the layout was also an hourglass shape. Here in New England, there are lots of barns with X shaped supports on their doors and I thought it would be great to get a picture of the quilt on a barn with such a door. This one was perfect, with two doors and a nice plain wall for hanging!
Here’s a little detail so you can see some of the prints and the quilting. I quilted in an regular irregular grid where the lines were all spaced either an 1/2″ apart or 1″ apart.
Debbie from A Quilter’s Table recently reviewed my book and made a table runner using this block pattern as the basis of the design. Then, she added her own spin. Check it out!