Wednesday, July 9, 2014

disappearing hourglass... a tutorial of sorts...



Sometimes you need to make a quilt quickly for someone who won't appreciate your more improvisational efforts. Recently I found this pattern called "The Disappearing Hourglass" by the Missouri Star Quilt Company on Youtube. It was designed to use pre-cut layer cakes but you can use any size square. You need equal amounts of a solid or very tiny print and whatever prints you want to feature. I used some Kaffe Fassett fabrics and a blu-ish Kona grey which looks much darker in these not-so-great camera photos. The blocks are so easy to make and the process is really fun.

Take 2 squares in my case the solid and a print. Layer them and sew a ¼" around the edge:




Then cut them corner to corner:




Open up, press, arrange and sew together to create an hourglass block:




This is where it gets interesting. Cut the block in thirds. Mine measured 12 ¾" so my cuts were at 4 ¼" but yours will vary depending on the size of your initial squares. Cut from the center seams out:




By rotating the pieces, a star is born!




There are lots of bias seams but with a good dose of Best Press or starch at the start there are no problems assembling these stars. 




In the original quilt the blocks are set straight but I'm leaning towards putting mine on point. 




I'm always amazed by the engineering abilities of quilters. Thank you MSQC...

12 comments:

  1. So cool! Oh my goodness.. I love your colors! How big is this quilt going to be?

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    1. Thank you S! The size is undetermined at this point. I'm going to make blocks until I get bored of making blocks. Could be queen size- more likely a very large lap quilt:)

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  2. Cool! This looks like so much work. Great tutorial! I'm tempted.

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    1. It looks like work but you are only sewing 12 seams as opposed to 27 or so if you were piecing it conventionally. That 1st seam around the perimeter of the squares is done in one go and makes most of the internal stitching. If it were that complicated I would not be making it:)

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  3. What a great quilt, I think I should make one of these using a pack of layer cakes in my stash, all I need to buy is an amount of the solid. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You are welcome! It still feels like magic at block 10 to twiddle those pieces around and have the star appear:) Looking forward to seeing your version...

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  4. How are you going to quilt it up?

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  5. how big is the finished block - I'm assuming you started with 10 inch squares

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    1. The blocks ended up just under 12" and I squared them up to 11 3/4" but I've heard this measurement varies quite a bit depending on your seam allowance and those bias edges.
      Hope this helps!
      Have a great weekend!

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  6. I plan on using this pattern for a quilt for my Grandson who is attending OSU first year. I will use the orange/black logo print.
    Should go togather quickly.

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