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...