Hour Glass Quilt: A Tutorial

This is a tutorial on how to make an hour glass block. For this example the finished quilt shown is for a baby and is sized at 35 1/2” X 40”. For the backing you may purchase 1 yard of coordinating fabric plus 1/3 yard for the binding.

This quilt prep is very similar to most of the other charm pack quilts I have tutorials for. So if you can make the Chevron or the Pinwheel you should have no problem with this pattern.

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It ended up a little differently that I had originally planned.

I used my hullabaloo charm pack that I have been holding onto forever, mainly waiting for more of the kona snow to be back in stock at Hancocks.

The problem with this charm pack is that there are some that are pastels and some that are very dark colors…that really do not blend well together. After making hour glass shapes out of both colors I decided against using the darker in this quilt and instead placed 2 inch strips in between each hour glass. If I was to make this one again, I would have solid hour glasses.

For this quilt I used one charm pack, that consists of 42 5 inch squares. (since I omitted the dark colors this quilt only has 28 charm squares total used.) For the solid I used Kona cotton in Snow.

Step 1

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Cut out 28 squares (more for a larger quilt) 5 inches x 5 inches of your pattern and your solid.

Draw a line from one corner to the other with a fabric pencil or a pen.

Step 2:

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Sandwich the pattern piece (pattern side up) against the solid (line side up). Sew along each side of your line using the edge of your guide along the line. To make this easier and faster I did one side all at once connecting the squares as I went, then the other side. Its easy to snip the squares apart at the end and you will end up not using as much thread this way since you are not having to start and stop in between each square.

Step 3:

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Using your ruler and rotary cutter slice down the line that you made with your pencil, this should be in between the sewn areas.

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Now slice from corner to corner along the other way. This should create 4 triangles that are all sewn on one side.

Step 4:

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Take your triangles to the iron and spread open, I like to iron the seams open for this part.

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Once ironed they will look like this.

Step 5:

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Now you can take 2 ironed pieces and line them up to make your diamond. So the 28 patterned and 28 solid pieces actually make 56 hour glass squares.

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Place them right sides together and sew along straight edge.

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This creates your hourglass.

Step 6:

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Make sure you iron open your seams, turn over right side up and also iron to make sure everything is even.

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Once it is complete, take some scissors and snip off the little corner tags. This will make sewing later much easier. Your final square comes to about 4 inches square.

Step 7:

Now lay your hourglass squares out in your desired pattern. I like to alternate up and down hourglasses with side to side ones, if you do not they just look like squares and you lose the hour glass design.

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Since I did not have enough pastel colors to make my quilt top large enough I had to cut strips of 2 inch by 4 inch to sew in between each square.

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Once that is done you can cut out 2 inch wide strips the length of each row and place in between. Make sure you line up your squares so your final result is perfectly even.

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Here are some pictures of the final quilt top. I hope you enjoy making this as much as I did!

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