April 22, 2015

The School Bell Has Rung Sampler Quilt~Along Part 3

Welcome back to the School Yard!  
The School Bell Has Rung...take your seats!  Lol
If you are just joining us for this free quilt~along and need to catch up, you can begin with Part One Here 

This lesson covers the Hourglass block.  I love this block!!  There are 10 total in this sampler.  Three on each side and Two on the top and the bottom.  Notice there are only two hourglass blocks made with blue, yellow and white.  The rest are blue and yellow.

To make the Hourglass blocks,
Cut: 1 White 7-1/2" square
        5 Blue 7-1/2" squares
        5 Yellow 7-1/2" squares

Begin by pairing 4 blue squares with 4 yellow squares with a drawn diagonal line on the wrong side of the yellow fabric.

Sew them together by stitching a 1/4" on either side of the drawn line. Cut apart on the drawn line.  You will yield 10 Half Square Triangles.

Place two blue and yellow half square triangles right sides together with opposite colors of the triangles on top of each other.  Draw a diagonal line corner to corner.  DO THIS WITH ONLY 4 SETS OF YOUR BLUE AND YELLOW HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

  I pin to hold the hst's together and match the intersection.  Stitch a 1/4" on both sides of the drawn line.  Cut apart on the drawn line.

Trim the hourglass block...to measure 6-1/2" square

Now make 2 half square triangles using the remaining Yellow and White 7-1/2" squares.  Create two more hourglass units using the combination below placing the yellow away from each other.

 Trim to 6-1/2"

 Set your Hourglass blocks aside...and join me in the next School Bell Has Rung lesson coming soon!
For a Free pdf download of the Hourglass method with a Math Chart for 9 Hourglass sizes....visit my Craftsy Pattern Store HERE


  1. You should only have to cut four 7.5" squares?

    1. Hi Kathy, I'm not sure if I understand your question. The cutting amounts for the 7-1/2" squares are listed in the post. You can email me Chezstitches@gmail.com if you need more clarification. Thank you !



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