When Carol of Just Let Me Quilt, put out the call for this blog hop, my mind immediately went to Jim Croce’s song, Time in a Bottle, which he wrote for his son Adrian, or A.J. Croce, as he is known in the music world. Fourteen weeks after Jim and five others who were touring with him were killed in a plane crash, this song hit #1 on the American charts. The words of this song really make you stop and think about what and who’s important in your life. You can view them here if you’d like.
As with life, so is quilting and these words from the song fit perfectly for me, “But there never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do.” Do you feel the same way? Time passes quicker every day! At any rate, Carol challenged us to create something using hourglass blocks in it. Honestly, I don’t recall ever making hourglass blocks! So thanks for the challenge, Carol!
Last fall during AccuQuilt’s great sales, I decided to buy the 4-inch Qube, along with it’s companions and angle dies. And as I am doing mug rugs or small quilts for most of the blog hops this year, I decided to use the 4-inch Qube dies to make my hourglass blocks. These are really small blocks and were perfect for my mug rug. AccuQuilt currently has a great sale on dies, Qubes, and companion sets, buy one get one 90% off! You can check it out here and if you click through my link I get a small commission, but it doesn’t cost you any more! Thanks for your support!
As I said, these blocks are really tiny. Each hourglass block finishes at 2 inches!! I decided to make it wider and used the 1-inch square die (you get four at a time!) and added four to each side. This made it much longer than the width, but it’s great for a cuppa and a snack! So here it is.
I used the stash builder strips from my Island Batik fabrics to make this. Thank you Island Batik!! For quilting, I decided to use two of my “fancy” stitches from my Solaris – turkey tracks on the outside rows and stars on the inside! I also used a 80/12 Schmetz needle! Thanks Schmetz! The binding is navy, I had left over from another project.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you will check out the other bloggers on today’s schedule and leave them a sweet comment.
Have a great weekend, friends! And remember, “as sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives!” so let’s make the best of each and every day! And tomorrow is National Quilting Day. Go, celebrate!!!
See you soon!
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