January 17, 2012

Traditional Tuesday - Block 17

Hour Glass
Block 17 - Hour Glass
This is  an easy block to make with the only trick being to make sure all four corners line up perfectly. But with the help of the 45 degree angle on your ruler, this is an easy thing to do.

I chose a blue print and a light blue near solid.

Cutting:
  • From the print, cut 1 - 7 1/4" square. (I cut mine 7 1/2" to give myself room to trim it perfectly.)
  • From the solid, cut 1 7 1/4" square.
Note: this block is a two-fer! You'll get two block for the price of one!

The fabrics. I like how the blue looks like a swirling storm. Perfect for January!
Once both squares are cut, place them together right sides up.
Cut apart on both diagonals.
Lay out the block as it will look when finished. To avoid excessive bias on the outside of the block, we cut the squares into four triangles. This means you'll have enough to make two blocks. I find it's just easier to do it this way so I don't have worry about all that bias stretching on the outside of the block. I'll use my extra block for the label or something else (a coaster maybe?).

Sew each dark to each light, pressing to the dark. Join these units to finish the block.

Trim to 6 1/2" being careful to make all four corners line up perfectly on the points. Use the 45 degree line on your ruler to help you do this and eyeball the other two corner.


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