Quilt FINISH: Hourglass Quilt

I finished up my hourglass quilt.  I was able to get it loaded and quilted on Sunday night.

Oh what a pretty array of color.  I had so much fun with this quilt.  I’d happily make one again and again.


It was fun to slow down my quilting a little bit and take in all of the different prints.  I love these.  See the one that says, “Iowa”.  Next to it there is one that says, “make soup”.

After that, it was on to binding.  I was REALLY tempted.  Really, really tempted to let it sit and do something else.  Then I reminded myself that this quilt needs to get done so the next quilts can get done.  It’s so much nicer to say, I have one finished vs I have one to bind.

I ended up going with a pink binding.  It was the color that I had enough of.  
Originally I had hoped to bind in teal.  Teal is the center fabric and I thought it would bring that color out if I bound in it but I didn’t have enough teal.  I only had enough of pink or lime green.  I went with the pink.  I’ll save the lime green in case I do another boy quilt at some point.

So are you tired of my babble and ready to see the whole quilt?  Well here it is…

This is seriously my favorite quit of what I’ve made in awhile.


Can you see the hint of the pink binding?  I think it was the right color.  I think I even like it better than if I had the teal color.

Here’s a closer picture….


If you’re making this, I strongly recommend that you look at your scraps and make the rounds according to which fabrics you have the least and most of.  I didn’t have much teal at all so that’s why I put teal in the middle.  I didn’t have a ton of purple but wanted to keep that to the outside as it was the darkest fabric.


Happily I had backing fabric.


In the world of my dreams I would have had purple being it’s a girl quilt but this was perfect.  I bought it on a garage sale some time back.  $18 for a backing…I’ll take that.


I would have loved to show you some pictures of it laying out flat but the weather here isn’t cooperating at all….so Ruby’s feet were wet too…so picture of Ruby on the quilt.  This will have to do.


She wasn’t loving the idea at all.

Seriously.  This is one of the favorite quilts that I’ve made recently.  I will make one of these again for sure.

Just a reminder…this is a Bonnie Hunter pattern and basic instructions can be found HERE.  Thanks Bonnie!!

38 thoughts on “Quilt FINISH: Hourglass Quilt

  1. Pam from CA

    This is just gorgeous! Thank you for posting this! Hugs for you and your family this holiday season!

  2. Penny J Holliday

    You’re beautiful quilt could be a fav of your recent quilts for me, also! I love all the colors & fabrics & think the pink binding is perfect!

  3. Cody

    I love all of the quilts that you have completed in the last couple of months. They are so bright and colorful. I have never been a scrappy quilt girl but after seeing your quilts and looking over my stash and scrap bin, I think that my next project is going to be made from scraps. Thank you for the inspiration.

  4. Jean

    Love it, Jo! I made that one, too, and it was really fun. I like the neutral hourglass blocks in between the bright ones……scrap buster for sure! Also, I am saving some calicos to send you. Found more at our thrift shop in town yesterday, so will wait awhile to send to see if I can dig up some more.

  5. Diann Smith

    The quilt is GREAT! One of my favorites that you have done recently BUT I love the Ruby sentence/photo the best. What a dog!

  6. Rachel Summy

    What a BEAUTY! It’s such happy combinations fo fabric…someone will love it, and you for creating!

  7. Sally

    What a beautiful quilt! I had started cutting triangles for this but got caught up finishing a quilt I was in the middle of but seeing how cute yours is makes me want to get working on mine.

  8. Dee Dame

    So pretty! Love all that scrappy happiness.

    One question for you – do you press all those seams OPEN on the HSTs? All those seams are kind of intimidating to me!

  9. Marian Stever

    Just beautiful, Jo. You are an inspiration to us all on this cold November day. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  10. Signe in Virginia

    I loved this quilt when Bonnie wrote the instructions for the leaders and enders project. Now I have seen your quilt and have fallen in love with it all over again. It is beautiful and will make a wonderful gift for one of your child care children. I am definitely adding it to my “to do” list! Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Annette

    Hi Jo! Love your blog and read it every day! Would you think about writing a post about your longarm? When, where, how, etc? I would love to get one but just starting the research now.

  12. Carla

    Seeing this quilt has made me realize I need to rethink my thoughts on low-value prints. You use a lot of so-called neutrals that actually do contain a lot of color. That whole side of quilting always trips me up.

  13. Mary E

    Love this quilt, Jo! Did I read that you were NOT going to do Bonnie’s mystery this year? Or am I dreaming? I can’t get to a quilt shop so I’m having to make do with what I have on hand and may need to change the raspberry to something else.

  14. Carolyn

    Oh I love it! The pink binding looks good. I probably would have used purple, but I don’t have enough imagination some times. I like that pic of Ruby—she looks like she is totally annoyed!

  15. Diann Smith

    I would have seen all those leftover strips together and had a mixed binding if the colors. I think it would have looked fine on this quilt you made. It’s a great quilt.

  16. Vicky in Bama

    Oh Jo you have really outdone yourself lately. I love this. I have been wanting to make this quilt but it’s taking me longer to get my colors together than I thought it would. I also love the Jewelbox Stars. I do have a question about it though. Is your quilt made with all 2.5” hst? Your/s looks so different than Bonnie’s I just had to ask. Keep up the wonderfully creative work.

  17. Judith Fairchild

    Oh my it’s so beautiful and fun. I see I’m going to have to try that pattern. Thanks again for the spark of inspiration.

  18. Sharon Browne

    I love your version of this quilt – it sparkles! I was wondering which ruler you ended up using for this.

  19. Cindie Winquist

    I can see why it is your current favorite. Amazing colors and fabrics. I think pink was the right choice for the binding too.

  20. Felicia Hamlin

    Love all those colors! You are so fast! For me cutting and sewing all those piece would be a mess, I have tried making the hourglass pattern and it doesn’t turn out good. Happy Thanksgiving, a first, I know, but you will be surrounded by your family.

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