Sometimes a quilt block is known by several different names and sometimes a quilt block name has several different designs associated with it. This is the case with the hourglass quilt block. I already have one hourglass in my tutorials and here is another one. This one is classified as a nine patch and I have made it here as a 6″ block. The design here is satisfyingly obvious – the white hourglass shows up very well against the other colours.
2.7/8″ squares: one each in pink and white
2.1/2″ squares: two pink, one white and four purple
Making the hourglass quilt block
Make half square triangle units with the two 2.7/8″ squares. Place the pink and the white squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will give you two half square triangle units, each half pink and half white. Press the seam allowance towards the pink and trim the corners.
Lay the squares out in three rows of three. The white square is in the centre, the two half square triangles are placed in two of the corners so that the white triangles are in line with the white central square. The two pink squares are placed in the other two corners and the purple squares go in the remaining spaces.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the hourglass quilt block.
On the right you can see a quilt that I made many years ago using the hourglass quilt block. It produces all sorts of lovely secondary designs. This used to be my dog Truffle’s quilt when he was alive so it will always hold memories for me.