The Hour Glass Quilting Block
The Hour Glass Quilt Block is a very simple 4-patch block that is made up of 4 Quarter Square Triangle Blocks.
Review the instructional pages on how to make a Quarter Square Triangle block. Then sew them together following the above picture.
You would not want to make a whole quilt with this block. You would want to just make the Quarter Square Triangle block, and then use it for the whole quilt. It would look the same if you turn the blocks in a similar manner.
However, this is a great block to mix with other blocks, use in a sampler quilt, or use with lattice. This makes a great frugal and scrappy quilt. You can give it a scrappy sashing also.
If you want to combine it with other blocks, I've put an example at the bottom of page of combing this block with the Rail Fence block. If I were making this quilt with a Rail Fence block, I would make the Rail Fence with 4 strips. That would simplify the math.
I would use my 2 1/2 inch raw strips that I save, and the block would finish at 8 inches. Then I would size the Hour Glass Quilt Block to finish at 8 inches also.
This is another easy, but delightful block that can make a very interesting quilt. The one I designed below is monochromatic. It is in shades of green, with a little aqua. The "quilting police" will tell you to put lots of different colors in your quilt. I am fond of brightly colored quilts, but I also find monochromatic quilts very peaceful and restful.
Have some fun with it, and do it your way!