Traditional Tuesday - Block 56

Hour Glass 2
Block 56 - Hour Glass 2
This is an easy 9-patch-style block that really puts a dent in the scraps. As long as you keep to three values, the fabrics can be any color. This would make a great traditional quilt - especially when you play around with placement and see the secondary sawtooth star pattern emerges. And for a cool, Modern, three-color quilt, look at the mock-up at the bottom...

I chose this block as the companion to yesterday's Modern Monday's 9-Patch Cross because it is also a 9-patch variation and you can get a cross look to it depending on how you place the block.

You need three fabrics - light, medium and dark. This is Denyse Schmidt's Chicopee line. Very nice stuff!
From the light, cut 1 - 2 1/2" square AND 1 - 3" square*
From the medium, cut 2 - 2 1/2" squares AND 1 - 3" square*
From the dark, cut 4 - 2 1/2" squares.
*This is cut oversized for trimming at the end. If you want to make yours exact, cut yours 2 7/8".

Lay out the squares as they will look when pieced. Use the larger squares to make 2 - 2 1/2" unfinished half-square triangle units.
Make sure you have the half-square triangle units on the corners facing the right direction. You won't get an hour glass block if you don't. But that might be a fun variation!
Sew together in rows and join the rows. Your block will be 6 1/2" when pieced.
I know it's Tuesday, but I couldn't resist showing you this really neat Modern idea. Just by putting the blocks on point, you get a very non-traditional secondary pattern! You could emphasize the crosses, like this or by just changing the value, the background, horizontal bars could be the star. Really, really fun!


  1. Love the fabrics here! Very cool!!!

  2. really like this idea and hst incorporated into the nine patch like that and scrap buster to boot!


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