A Quilt Along, My Life

1-A-Day, 3″ Blocks — Hour Glass

  Hour Glass Block

Today we’ll make these cuties.

I say cuties plural because you make 2 at once.

I had a lot more fun going through my scrap basket!

I had to find scraps at least 4 1/2″ sq.



  • 2 different fabric sq’s. 4 1/2″


Put the squares right sides together.

If you’re a “lazy Susan” like I am,

cut the pair of squares diagonally

then sew the triangle pairs right sides together.

Press them both toward darker fabric.

Put the half-square triangles right sides together

with opposite fabrics lined up to nest the seams.

This will ensure perfect centers.

Again, cut the pair of squares diagonally

then sew the scant 1/4″ seams…

Press as sewn then press the seams to one side.


Trim blocks to 3 1/2″ square.

This Creative Grids ruler is perfect for this task!

Look how the lines on the ruler make it so easy.

First align the diagonal line of the ruler on a seam.

The 3 1/2″ marks then align at the corners

 to trim the block precisely 3 1/2″.

Top left…

and bottom right.

So easy to trim perfectly!

I decided to mix it up a bit & next made 4 at once!

I started with 4 different fabric squares.

I swapped the pairs so they were each different.

I paired each of these up with a different triangle set.

6 blocks in a snap!

Show us your blocks at my Sewing With Susan FB Group.

We want to see your progress too!


Just Keep Sewing…


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