Sunday, January 19, 2014

"Hourglass"


I finally finished this top, after starting it last summer and putting it away for awhile.
"Hourglass"  (aka Courthouse Steps) 64" x  78"
Made from shirt scraps and vintage fabrics.

It's my rendition of this quilt from Roderick Kiracofe's collection.  


Photo courtesy of Roderick Kiracofe
"Housetop, variation" c. 1950-1975, African American
From the book, "Quilts" by Roderick Kiracofe.



  

I'm not sure how I'll quilt it.  I'm thinking about lots of red ties. 
Whatever I do, it'll be awhile before my hands are free.  





They're occupied with this one for the next six weeks.  
It's got a date with the local quilt show in March!






42 comments:

apiecefullife said...

Great quilt! Every time I read your blog I think "I have to make that one".

Candace said...

Love your hourglass quilt!

audrey said...

What a fabulous quilt! It's got so much energy and I just love the scrappy make-do look. I can see that I need to get my hands on that book. Obviously a lot of inspiration in it!

Rachaeldaisy said...

I'm just going to say WOW, and then stare at the photo of your quilt. WOW!!

Janet said...

Wow, absolutely awesome, your quilts have soul. I'm enjoying seeing your pickle dish getting some stitches.

Marly Rylaars said...

Terrific courthouse steps quilt. What a great idea.
good luck with your quilting deadline.

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

This is gorgeous! I feel totally inspired and have been revisiting and old sketch. Was it difficult to get the top to be flat?

Cathy Underhill said...

Your hourglass quilt is a beauty! Rodericks books are fabulous aren't they? And your gypsy kisses quilt is stunning, enjoy the hand quilting. xo

Pinkadot Quilts said...

It is such a cool quilt. I agree with Janet, it has a lot of soul!

Denniele said...

Stunning hour glass! Really a lot of movement in it!

katyquilts said...

LOVE your Hour Glass quilt! Beautiful!

MariQuilts said...

Fabulous quilt!!!

Monica said...

I have only recently been introduced to this "housetop" design, and it is very compelling! Your pieced version is wonderful! I think you have captured the spirit perfectly, and I love the idea of red ties too. :)

Great job!

Sharon said...

WOW and WOW. Love that you finished your hourglass and it really came together in a fabulous way. I love the red backgrounds and hats off to the hand quilting!

Michelle Bartholomew said...

Absolutely stunning!

Annemieke said...

Cool!! I jumped up from my chair as soon as I saw your hour glass quilt. You wrote about that book before,maybe I can buy it some time...always so much inspiration form your posts.
Groetjes
Annemieke

Carla said...

Another stunner coming from your hands...beautiful!

roccagal said...

I am seriously drooling!(this happens EVERY time you post a quilt!!)
LUV THIS!!!!!!
-luv the quilting on your eyelash too!

Nat Palaskas said...

It inspires me! If I'm going to make NY beauty, this is going to be the one. It's good to have dateline!
I love the Hourglass top, gorgeous - Enjoy hand quilting - Hugs Nat

fiberchick said...

Your Kiracofe rendition is simply stunning as is the Pickle Dish. I am running out of superlatives to describe your work:)

JaneB said...

I love the hourglass quilt! I may have to make one for my law office.

meli B said...

Love your Gee Bendy Hourglass. Like your idea about using red ties. I think that will work really well. I could use some pressure to finish a quit top or two. Good luck in getting the Eye Lash Quilt done for the show. It will rock their socks off once it's finished.

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Nifty. Just LUV your hour glass quilt (and the original). To my way of thinking, it deserves to be quilted, it's just so lovely.
best, nadia

Marit said...

Love to see both these beauties! The colors and fabrics in both really make them sing. Timeless and fresh at the same time. Enjoy finishing your quilting for the show! Just love what the the black hand quilting adds. Gorgeous!
; )

(The hourglass is a new favorite of yours, added to a long list...)

cinzia said...

Simply spectacular! I can stare at it forever! Whatever you decide to do with it, i am sure it will be perfect. Can i have it when you're done?

Barb said...

Wow you really captured the movement of the original and I love your version!
can't wait to see the eyelash quilt finished, it is one of my favorite quilts of yours!!

Karen said...

What a cool quilt! And my jubilee quilt has a date with our quilt show in April. So I'm in the same shoes as you. Good luck.

Andrea said...

Hi Nifty, Your hourglass is really nifty. I love looking at the quilt photos in your blog.

Deb Rowden said...

I'd call this a masterpiece! And waayy happier than the original...

O'Quilts said...

Oh, yes!!!! You did a winner for sure.

Sujata Shah said...

LeeAnn,
Your quilt looks stunning! I am drooling as we speak. I LOVE.. LOVE.. LOVE it!

Quilteuse Forever said...

J'adore ton nouveau quilt ! And once more, it fits you perfectly, it is a nifty quilt!

Helen said...

YESSS to the red ties!!! And I love your Lashes, too! Know you will enjoy working on both of them.

Sharon said...

Wow, this is fabulous! You did an awesome job. You really captured the spirit of the original, while making it your own. I vote for the red ties!
Good luck on the eyelashes! Quilt, quilt, quilt!

amandajean said...

I am so impressed! It's a really fabulous quilt top!

Kim said...

Oh boy I love the new one too but your eyelash quilt is gonna take a ribbon.....It is terrific.

Happy Sewing

Mary Keasler said...

Way to go. I love your updated version. And of course, the eyelash quilt is the total bomb!!!!

Nat Palaskas said...

I'm back. I got so inspired by this quilt and I have so much shirting fabric (from men shirts) so I started piecing the center of it. It's really fun! Thanks LeeAnn for sharing and inspiring. You are a true Gee's bend gal - Hugs Nat

Robin said...

I love your hourglass quilt. It's absolutely delightful.

Deborah said...

I am seriously in love with your hour glass quilt. I keep coming back to look at it!

Lucy said...

What a stunning quilt! Amazing!

Ailsa (Cape Pincushion) said...

Incredible quilt, your version has so much more depth and richness. You are so talented!