Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Double Hour Glass

I was asked to make a baby quilt on Sunday.
Would I?? You bet I would!
I've been wanting to try this quilt block...
the double hour glass.
I had this inspiration fabric all ready to go!!!
This is my scientific method for choosing my scraps:

Find some cute fabric like the one above.
(I can use this in the quilt itself, the border or the backing)
Lay it out and pay attention to the colors used in the print.
Last: ( the messy part)
Start pulling scraps out of boxes and drawers
and lay them next to your inspiration fabric.
Do they kind of go along with the colors in your inspiration fabric?
THAT'S the fabric you choose!
(don't forget to clean up the explosion of fabric
that surrounds your work area!)
I even had these little boy's shirts
with  HAPPY plaids that I think will look great in this quilt!
(little boy shirts don't come with as much fabric...
but I LOVED these colors and snapped them up
when I saw them at the thrift store.)
The double hour glass block is super easy!
I'm using 2 1/2" wide strips, 27" long.
For this small quilt I am not repeating any fabric...
This requires very little of each fabric chosen!
Just one strip! Woo Hoo!!!
I sewed them together.
Pressed away from the white fabric.
I'm using the 45 degree line on my ruler
and cutting some triangles!!!
Four pieces.
One block.
Isn't that easy?


  1. Nice! That is quick and easy, but it doesn't look so. Love the little boy's plaid shirts. You'll have a great baby quilt in no time.

  2. I've been wanting to try this block since I saw the video on the Missouri Quilt Co. site. I love the way yours looks with the plaids. Great choice.

  3. Oooo... The shirts are nice! I know what you mean by the amount of fabric in a little boy's shirts. These blocks are great!

  4. So cute! I really want to try that block out. Soon!

    I was feeling Beth-ish today working on some very scrappy blocks - you are a big inspiration! ;-)

  5. Great! Love those plaids. I think plaids just might make everything better.

  6. what fun! and another wardrobe quilter! most look at me oddly when i start cutting clothing up for quilts...

    i love this block and your tutorial makes it so simple.

    now to go find some scraps!

  7. Looks good! I love that block too. I love the little plaid shirt you repurposed, what a great choice!

  8. Thanks for the tutorial....what a cute block. You are incredible.You get so much done!!

  9. Gosh, I never thought that block could be so easy! Thanks for the tute Beth!

  10. thanks for the tutorial.very nice colors you chose,Amy

  11. That's a block I've been wanting to try thanks for the great tutorial!
    The quilt is adorable!

  12. Thanks Beth. That looks great. Cant wait to try it.

  13. This will be a cute quilt. Thanks for the tutorial!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

  14. Love the block and yup that did look really easy. Since I am into baby quilts big time right now I think I will put one together also. I think I have enough cat in the hat fabric left to do the job. Thanks for the easy tutorial. Can't wait to see your quilt finished.

  15. Your are prolific! Amazing. Cute print for inspiration. Keep on stitching!

  16. Thanks for the tutorial. This is one I have been wanting to try too.

  17. that's so attractive! And your directions give me confidence. Maybe I will try again with triangles. . .


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