Monday, August 31, 2015

2015 New Block Blog Hop

Thank you for stopping by for my block tutorial in the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop! Fabri-Quilt was kind enough to offer fat eighth bundles for the tutorials and there is a giveaway so make sure you check out the other blogs and our host for today Yvonne over at Quilting Jetgirl. Before I start my tutorial here is a list of the other blogs participating today:

Martha @Once a Wingnut
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Andrea @The Sewing Fools
Bernie @Needle and Foot
Silvia @A Stranger View
Wanda @Wanda’s Life Sampler
Sandra @Musings of a Menopausal Melon
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Jess @Quilty Habit
Diana @Red Delicious Life
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Margo @Shadow Lane Quilts
Renee @Quilts of a Feather

The theme for the blocks is summer. When I sat down to design my block all I could think of was the Lady of the Lake blocks I have been working with a lot lately and hourglass blocks. If you are like me and have young kids summer can be very exciting to begin with but towards the end you're definitely ready for school to start again. That is where the hourglass came in, I'm counting down the minutes until school starts back up!

Cut 7.25-inch squares from two of the colors and mark the lighter one with a line diagonally.


Put right sides together, pin, and sew a quarter inch seam on both sides of the line.


Cut on the drawn line and press the seams to the dark side. You will have two half square triangles. Next you will put them right sides together with the opposite colors touching the seams will nest nicely against each other. Draw a diagonal line and pin.


Sew a quarter inch seam on both sides of the drawn line, cut on the line, and press. Trim your hourglass block to 6.5 inches by matching the 45-degree line on your ruler with the diagonal line and the 3.25-inch mark on the ruler with the center of the block.


Cut 6 4.25-squares from two different colors (12 in total) and repeat the same process but square the blocks to 3.5 inches. You will end up with 12 3.5-inch hourglass blocks.

Lay your block out like this:

Sew the top four blocks together and the bottom four blocks together pressing the seams open. Sew the left two blocks and the right two blocks together pressing the seams open then sew them to the middle block.


Repeat with the top and bottom and you are finished!


This block would look neat using just two colors or you could get really scrappy and do different colors for each smaller block. If you decide to make the block I would love to see what you do with it! Don't forget to check out the blogs to see what they came up with. Now I need to send this block off to the fabulous Stephanie of Late Night Quilter so she can sew it into a quilt for charity. I want to thank our hosts (Stephanie, Yvonne, Terri Ann, and Cheryl) for putting this together I had a lot of fun coming up with my block and putting it together. There might be a quilt with just this block in my future.







46 comments:

  1. HSTs are so versatile, and using them to make hourglass blocks is really fun. I like the argyle feel the edge of the block creates; piecing several together would make a really awesome secondary design.

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  2. This is such a lovely use of quarter square triangles- I really like how the squares in the border shift between blue and white depending on what side of the block they land on.

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  3. Cassandra beat me to commenting about the blue and white squares shifting around the blocks. I love that effect. Congratulations on creating a terrific block! Martha @ onceawingnut.com

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  4. This is a fun block. I like the different sizes of the hourglasses.

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  5. What a great idea! How has this block never existed before? It seems "so right!" Great job, Kelly.

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  6. Great block! I bet it would look awesome turned on point, too!

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  7. This one is like an optical illusion for me, Kelly. Nice :)

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  8. Very cute block. I am a girl who LOVES argyle socks (even though I don't get an opportunity to wear them anymore now that we live in Florida) and this reminds me of them. Love the simplicity of the construction, and the great visual impact it has.

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  9. Beautiful block. And come to think if it, I'm not sure I've seen a block that uses all hourglasses before. They make such a neat boarder.

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  10. Fantastic block! Love the diamond border! So many options!!

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  11. This is awesome. Great design and very well explained. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  12. So creative - thanks for sharing in the Blog Block Hop!

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  13. I can definitely see this block in a scrappy setting. Great block and instructions.

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  14. Great block! I love how you framed the center block.

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  15. Such simple construction, but great visual impact! Great block!

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  16. I love the way the solids work together in this block! Nice!!!

    Debby

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  17. Kelly, recently I have been making a lot of smaller projects and have finally got on the band wagon and began making HST. After quilting for over 10 years, I have always avoided HST but not anymore and I think this block would make a fabulous table runner or wall hanging of some sort. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful creative day!

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  18. I love your choice of colours and using the smaller hourglasses to frame the big one is a great idea!
    Sandra

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  19. I bet this block would have really neat repeating patterns in a large quilt!

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  20. This block is so fun. Like Renee said, it will create some fun secondary patterns in a quilt!

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  21. What a fun block. It's open to so many possibilities. I can even see, with a color shift, using it in a wedding or romantic quilt by playing up the "heart" shapes in the middle of the block. I would love to see what a number of blocks would look like set together. The blue and white squares would be playing all over the quilt.

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  22. What a fun block. It's open to so many possibilities. I can even see, with a color shift, using it in a wedding or romantic quilt by playing up the "heart" shapes in the middle of the block. I would love to see what a number of blocks would look like set together. The blue and white squares would be playing all over the quilt.

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  23. love this because it reminds me of a tiled floor, and I love looking at tiled floors in Europe on holidays. Well done Kelsey

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  24. Thanks for the great tutorial. Such a pretty block,

    lin.web.28@gmail.com

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  25. This block reminds me of tiles I've seen on fancy floors in Europe - fun!

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  26. Kelly, this block is so fun! I think it will look great repeated on a top. I love the meaning too. :D

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  27. Such a beautiful block!!! It will be gorgeous in a quilt!!
    XX!
    Lori

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  28. I can see this block in many other fabric styles as well. Civil war & 30's come to mind. Love it.

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  29. Simple yet dramatic. A great block design - well done!

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  30. Love your block and the reason you chose the design! I'm thankfully beyond the back-to-school days :)

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  31. This block makes me think of a French harlequin circus. Such a fun block for a kid's quilt!

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  32. It's an awesome block. It will make a great quilt at any size. I may consider it for a large one block quilt I have been wanting to make. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  33. Such a great idea here Kelly. Depending on a person's fabric choices, I can see a heart taking shape with the large triangle and two smaller ones atop it (more apparent if you turn your block 90 degrees, or your head on one side, lol) if you made those shapes the same colour!

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  34. I would love this block made into a Scrappy Quilt too! Great block! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  35. Your block looks fantastic! I bet it'll look even better in a quilt. Thanks.

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  36. Thank you Kelly for the block tutorial. It is going to look neat in the quilt.

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  37. I really like this block. I follow you and Inspired by Fabric by Bloglovin and newsletter. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  38. Hi Kelly
    I am finally getting around to reading the blog posts for our fabriquilt block design and am blown away by the block designs... yours is definitely one of them. I also used just a few of the fabrics in my design (Thursday) and I like your choice of colours. I am going to try the hourglass design - your tutorial is very clear. Thanks.

    Deb

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  39. One of my favorite quilts I've made was full of hour glass blocks so this block hits a soft spot for me! This would be a great block to explore a pretty wide color palette.

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  40. One of my favorite patterns ever is the QST, and I love how you've used the palette to highlight the pattern. So many beautiful blocks in this hop! Thank you for sharing.

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