My crazy “A Year Of Baby Blocks” project has led me into a few sewing challenges, the least of which is when a weekly tutorial is unavailable! The good news is that I’m sewing ahead and so I’ve had time to put together some notes on the construction of Block #18 for the year: “Floating Hourglass” by Kelly Quilla from Quilting It Out. If you are planning to sew this block, then read on!
This block uses three colours: I’m going to call them dark green, cream and lime green (these colours are consistent with the image in the planner).
Cut  x 7″ squares and sub-cut into  triangles.
Cut  x 4.75″ squares.
Cut  x 5″ square.
Cut  x 4.75″ square.
- Construct 2 x half square triangles (HST) by placing one cream 5″ square on one lime green 5″ square. Draw a diagonal line through the square and sew a scant 1/4″ on either side of the line. Cut along the line and press each HST open.
- To create the floating hourglass, sew together one HST with one cream 4.75″ square, matching up the lime green edge of the HST with one side of the cream block. Repeat with the remaining HST and 4.75″ cream square. Press seams open and then sew these two units together to create the centre.
- Take one dark green triangle and sew along the edge of the floating hourglass centre, being careful to match the triangle point with the seams in the centre of the floating hourglass block. Press the seam open and repeat this step with dark green triangle on the opposite edge. Repeat for the two remaining sides.
- Your block should measure 12.5″ square, unfinished.
My block has worked out perfectly, but do let me know if you run into any difficulty with these instructions. (This is the first time I’ve tried to write instructions for sewing a block – they probably suck but at least I gave it a shot!).