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Back to Basics: Hourglass Block

Welcome back, fabric friends!

Since being home, I've been having a lot of fun practicing some basic sewing techniques. Last week you joined me in some Strip Piecing, but today I wanted to talk about two ways of constructing an Hourglass Block.

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Throughout my practice, I found two ways of making this block useful but you may have a preferred preference when it comes to techniques.

So, I took some of my leftover fabrics from Amy Sinibaldi's collections, Mayfair and some matching Pure Solids


Untitled-1 copyFabrics used: Shepherd Market, Royal Arcade, Tender Green, and Mauvelous.  

I decided to add 1 3/8’’ to my block in order to have more room for trimming. So, if your unfinished size for your hourglass block is 4 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’, add 1 3/8’’ on each side. Your block should measure 5 3/8’’ x 5 3/8’’. 

 

The first method is take fabric A and B 5 3/8’’ squares and place them right sides together.IMG_20200501_110120_Primer metodo

Mark a line on the diagonal and sew ¼ inch away from the drawn line on each side.

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Using a rotary cutter, cut on the drawn line. Press seam open.

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Now, place both blocks right sides together but in the opposite direction (so the same fabrics doesn’t stack atop each other)

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Draw a line on the diagonal that's perpendicular to the seam line. Pin in place.

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Sew ¼ inch on each side of the drawn line. Then use your rotary cutter to cut on the drawn line to create two pieces.
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Trim your block to 4 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’.

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The second method is to take (1) 5 3/8'' x 5 3/8’’ squares from fabrics C and D and cut them in (4) triangles.

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Sew two triangles together at a 1/4‘’ seam allowance and then the other two triangles together.

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Then, join both pieces together, pin and sew at a 1/4’’. Trim your block to a 4 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’ and create your second Hourglass Block with the remaining triangles.

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Trim your block to a 4 1/2’’ x 4 1/2’’ and create your second Hourglass Block with the remaining triangles.


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This method is handy if you want to place the exact position/direction of all the fabrics.

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Now, you learned how to construct an Hourglass Block using two methods, which one is your favorite one? Let me know in the comments below! 

Happy Sewing,

- Jannelle 







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