With this tutorial you will make 2 hourglass blocks or Quarter Square Triangles (QST) in no time.
How to make an hourglass block
Watch the video, it only goes for one minute. And if you want to be notified every time I upload a video subscribe to my YouTube channel. Enjoy!
You only need two 5 inch squares in contrasting fabrics or four if you want to make 4 blocks as shown on the photo above.
I used 5 inch squares but this block can be made in any size, large or small. Just add 1 1/4 inch to the side of the QST you want to obtain. For instance if you want to do two 5 inch hourglass blocks, cut two 6 1/4 inch squares.
On the video tutorial you will find other alternative arrangements to the one on the photo.
This is just one of the blocks you can do with 16 half square triangles (HST) but the possibilities are endless.
For this tutorial I start with 5 inch squares, which gives you 2 inch HSTs, but you can start with any size square.
You will need to trim the resulting HST to size afterwards.
Here is a 2 minute video showing you how to make 8 HST at once:
Example blocks with 8 HST
Example blocks with 16 HST in 3 colours
There are many more blocks you can do with HSTs. A quick Google search will confirm that.
This week I want to show you a beginner’s quilt block.
I used this block to make a pinwheel quilt. The block is so quick and simple to make you could have a quilt top made in a weekend.
To make it even easier I used 2 charm packs for the pinwheels.
The full quilt tutorial will be coming soon.
Since I started doing my Dear Jane quilt using foundation paper piecing, I have been saying how easy paper piecing is and how perfect blocks turn out.
It may be a bit tricky to understand at first, that is why this tutorial uses solid fabrics. This makes it even easier. Judge by yourself and let me know what you think.
The video lasts for 3.45 minutes. It is short and sweet.
If you want to try foundation paper piecing, download the Chevron block pattern (pdf) and print it on plain printer paper. The pattern has two pieces which are mirror of each other.
To help you with measurements, for the two sides of the block, I cut:
- Area 1: One 5 1/2 inch to 6 inch square cut in the diagonal into 2 triangles (yellow)
- Area 4: One 5 1/2 inch to 6 inch square cut in the diagonal into 2 triangles (white)
- Area 2: Two 2 inch x 7 1/2 inch strip in charcoal
- Area 3: Two 2 inch x 7 1/2 inch strip in beige
I made two full blocks with the intention of doing something with them though I still haven’t decided what I will make.
I haven’t decided on the placement either. Which one do you prefer?
Download Chevron block pattern (pdf)