This block is a variation on an Hourglass quilt block. It’s really easy to make. You can see how easy by watching the video at the end of this post.
So lets get started.
This makes a 10″ x 10″ finished block (10½” x 10½”) unfinished.
What do we need?
- 1 strip of fabric one (light) measuring 3″ x 12¼”
- 1 strip of fabric two (dark) measuring 3″ x 12 ¼”
- 1 square of fabric one (light) measuring 6″ x 6″
- 1 square of fabric three (medium or dark) measuring 6″ x 6″
What do we need to do?
Lets start by making our corner blocks.
- Take your two strips of fabric measuring 3″ x 12¼” and place one on top of the other, right sides together.
- Sew the strips together with a ¼” seam.
- Press seam towards the dark side.
- Cut the strip into 3″ rectangles. There will be four of them.
- Now just turn the pieces around so they form a checkerboard effect.
Place one set of squares on top of the other, with sides together.
- You can see how nicely the pieces nest together because of how we have pressed the seams. Remember – press to the dark side.
- Pin and sew together with a ¼” seam.
- Do the same with the other two strips.
- This time press the seam open.
Now we make our Half Square Triangles.
If you aren’t familiar with making HST’s we have a video all about it here.
- To quickly recap – Place one of the 6″ squares on top of the other – right sides together.
- Draw a line diagonally from point to point.
- Sew ¼” on either side of the line you have just drawn
- Cut down the diagonal line we drew earlier.
- You now have two half square triangles.
- Press the seams to the dark side.
- Trim the squares to 5½”.
- Once everything is trimmed we lay out the design and then begin assembling it.
Place the two top squares on top of each other, right sides together and sew with a ¼” seam.
Do the same with the bottom two squares.
Now join the top squares to the bottom squares.
And there you have it one Hourglass Variation quilt block.
Here are some quilt styles using this block.