The hourglass on point quilt block is a good example of a fairly basic block being tarted up just by adding triangles around it. It’s classified as a four patch block and I have made it here as an 11″ square finished size.
Cutting requirements for the hourglass on point quilt block
2.1/2″ squares: four red, four white
4.7/8″ squares: one brown, one cream
6.1/4″ squares: two blue
Making the hourglass on point quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 4.7/8″ squares. Place the brown and the cream squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will give you two half square triangles which are now 4.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out as shown. It looks more complicated than it really is: the central area is made up of the two half square triangles and the red and white squares. Once this section has been completed, the four blue triangles are sewn on.
Sew together the red and white squares to make four patch units. Sew one four patch unit to each half square triangle unit. Note that the red squares are placed so that they form one of the diagonals. The half square triangles are placed so that the two brown triangles touch tips in the middle, with the cream triangles on the outside.
Sew the two pairs of blocks together to create the central area of the hourglass on point quilt block.
Sew one blue triangle to the top and one to the bottom of the central section. The tips of the blue triangles should stick out 1/4″ on either side of the central section. Press the seam allowances towards the blue triangles.
Now sew the remaining two blue triangles to the sides to complete the hourglass on point quilt block. It’s a lot easier to make than it looks at first, isn’t it?
For a quilt idea, I have just used sixteen blocks laid out in four rows of four. To give a bit more interest to it, I have rotated the blocks in the second and fourth columns – if you look at the direction of the red squares you’ll be able to see what I have done.
Here’s the video:
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