Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Three-Hour Challenge

When Michelle posted her quilt top, 42 x 54 inches, made from our 3-patch Rectangles using 4 fabrics, finished from cutting to finished top in 3 hours 15 minutes . . . I wondered if a completely scrappy version would go as quickly.  The super rectangle table topper I planned to make started to feel like The Three-Hour Challenge.

My little 18 x 27 inch table topper is made from nine 3-patch blocks cut from 27 fabrics (no fabric repeated.)

Michelle inspired me to time my effort tonight:
25 minutes to cut fabrics-one rectangle from each of the 27 fabrics.

25 minutes to sew the blocks . . . including ripping out one of the blocks because I sewed a fabric that looks like a batik but isn't wrong side up.

30 minutes arranging and re-arranging the blocks.

10 minutes to sew the 9 blocks together, 3 rows of 2 short blocks and 1 row of 3 tall blocks

90 minutes from cutting to ready to layer and quilt.  I plan to try a bunch of Leah Day's FMQ filler designs, maybe even a different one in each small rectangle.  I haven't decided yet about thread color? (or thread colors?) What do you think?

Edited to add, I blogged about it on my blog here: A rectangle for my table.


  1. I really like this idea - I'm thinking it would be an easy way to create some Crazy Confetti patchwork - my current fascination. The rich in your sample is soooo pretty.

  2. This is really cool. I like variegated threads for quilting. I am looking forward to see what you do!

  3. The colors actually came from my every day dishes--I think the design was called "Vintage Fruit." They are a dark cream with rustic looking plums, pears, apples, oranges and plums "painted" on them and blue edges/handles.

    The size of the super-rectangle has the same proportions as the rectangle block and will fit nicely on my small drop-leaf table when the leaves are dropped ... maybe the woodworker who made it was also thinking about golden rectangle proportions ;-)


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