The Hourglass Quilt Block – Learn to Quilt!


Hi, I’m Jenny from the MSQC. Take a look at this quilt behind me. This is made using an old block called the
Hourglass block. Very quick, easy block to make and I will
show you how. To make a quilt this size you’re going to
need two layers cakes. One that’s a solid or a background color. And one that is a printed layer cake. It will make about a full size quilt. And it’s such a quick project. So let me show you how that’s done. The fabric I used for this quilt is by Westminster
and it’s called Tangiers by Dena Design. And it’s just bright happy fabric. But I have seen this hourglass block made
using even Civil War fabrics, beautiful, beautiful. So no matter what you want to do this is a
great block to know how to do. So you’re going to need your two layer cakes. And you’re going to take your, your plain
layer cake and we’re going to iron it in half so we get that crease diagonally. We’re going to iron it in half diagonally
I should say like this. You can draw a line if you want or you can
just iron it. I’m just going to iron mine so it gives
me a line to put my presser foot on. So then I’m going to put my two squares
together, right sides together. And I’m going to sew a quarter inch away
from this line on both sides. Just like that. So I’ve done that here. I don’t know if you can see this quarter
inch sewing line. You might be able to see it better on this
side. And then I’m going to cut right down the
center of these two. So when I sew these I just lay my presser
foot you know right along this fold and go ahead and sew. So let me go ahead and cut this. You can cut them with the scissor or your
rotary cutter. Either one will work. And so now we have two half square triangles. Just like that. So we’re going to iron them. So we’re going to put our dark side on the
top and set your seam and just roll that seam back like that. And we’re going to do it to both of them. There we go. So now we have two half square triangles right
here. And what we’re going to do with them is
we’re going to lay them going opposite directions like this and we’re going to do the same
thing that we just did. So we’re going to need to take this top
one and we’re either going to draw a line or iron a line. And we’re going to fold it this way. So your colors are going to match up and your
whites are going to match up when you iron it. And that’s going to be your new sewing line. So when you lay these together you’re going
to make sure you have your, your, you know opposites so the white with the print and
the, just the opposite on the other side. You’re going to feel for those two seams
to nest together. You can feel them. They just snug right in there. You can put a little pin in there if you want
to hold them. And then you’re going to go to the sewing
machine and we’re going to do the same thing we did when we sewed earlier. We’re going to sew a quarter of an inch
from this press line right here in the center. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to
line my presser foot right up with the edge of the fold. So that gives me something to, a guide to
sew with. And when I get down here to the end I’m
just going to lift my presser foot, you know, spin my block around and sew down the other
side. Ok so now we’re going to come over here
and we’re going to cut them open again. Oops I’m going to run off my edge there. I’ve got to turn my mat not my block. There we go. Line it up corner to corner. And then cut it open. Again you can just use a scissor on that if
you want. So then, the moment for the big reveal. You open them up. And out of two squares you’re going to get
or out of, out of the two blocks you’re going to get two hourglass blocks like this. So let’s press that open. And they’re just because you’ve pressed
them, you know you felt that seam and you know it lines up. They come out just with perfect points in
the middle like this. I don’t know if you can see this perfect
little point right here. Oops. And to lay out your quilt you’re just going
to alternate them. So you’ll put one right side up. And I have ones over here that are different
colors so you can see the difference. And then we’ll just turn this one. And then when you add your second row it is
the same thing. You’re going to just alternate the directions
that they’re placed in. Just like that. So quick and easy. And we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the
easy Hourglass block from the MSQC.