This hourglass quilt block is a four patch block attributed to Nancy Page: she was the pen name of a quilt column in the 1930’s. It’s an attractive, colourful quilt block and is perfect for using up scraps of fabric.
eight 2.7/8″ squares in a light colour, four in a dark fabric and four in whatever fabrics you want to use up
Making the hourglass quilt block
The hourglass quilt block is made completely from half square triangle units. Place a light and a dark square 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 to produce two half square triangle units. Place each coloured square with a light square to make these.
The hourglass quilt block has more impact if you keep the scrap fabrics different from the dark fabric: I used a red fabric from my scraps and it is a bit too similar to the red that I used for the dark fabric, so it doesn’t show up quite so well.
The simplest way to lay out the block is to place the red half square triangle units first. You can see the red hourglass forming in each corner.
Add the remaining half square triangles in all the spaces, keeping an eye on the photo so that you have the triangles pointing in the right direction.
Sew the patchwork squares in pairs and then fours across each row. Sew the rows together and you can see the square frame forming around the central square. That completes the hourglass quilt block.
Look what happens when you sew two hourglass blocks together – a star forms where the blocks join.