Hourglass Block

Hourglass Block

This easy block can be used for many purposes: sashings, borders, setting blocks etc. If set in a single block quilt, the pattern is also known as 'Broken Dishes'. The Lady of the Lake quilt top had one Hourglass border already attached, so we made the appropriate number of blocks in the same size for the three remaining borders. The Hourglass boarder coordinates well with the Lady of the Lake quilt block and makes a lively, but not too busy border solution.

Finished size of the block:

5" (12,7 cm)

Hourglass Blocks

Cutting

For 2 blocks

  • From fabric A (blue), cut one 6 1/4" square (16,2 cm). Cut it twice diagonally to make four quarter-square triangles.
  • From fabric B (brown), cut one 6 1/4" square (16,2 cm). Cut it twice diagonally to make four quarter-square triangles.

Note: 

Always cut off selvages first. Make a cut exactly on the cross-grain to create a 'clean' starting point for cutting. If you need to cut squares for more than two blocks, cut strips of the appropriate width across the width of the fabric.

Sewing

  • Lay out two triangles A and two triangles B so that an A triangle faces an A triangle and a B triangle faces a B triangle:

Hourglass Blocks Piecing

  • Sew one triangle A and one triangle B together. Repeat for the other two triangles.

Hourglass Blocks Piecing

  • Place the new AB triangles on your ironing board as shown in the picture below and press the seam allowance towards the left hand triangle (in this case the B triangle).

Hourglass Blocks Piecing

  • Put the two AB triangles right sides together, pin if necessary and sew  together on the hypotenuse (the longer side of the triangle facing the 90° angle).

Hourglass Blocks Piecing

The seams should now intersect perfectly:

Hourglass Blocks Piecing

Note: 

Make sure that you maintain an exact 1/4" (0,75 cm) seam allowance when sewing. Be aware that triangles can easily be stretched out of their original shape along their bias edges.

Hourglass Blocks Piecing