Dear Stella Spring Line and an Hourglass Tutorial

The weather this past week has been pretty much glorious, so I won’t lie – I haven’t spent a lot of time sewing. I think after the winter that didn’t want to end, the kids and I have been taking full advantage of beautiful, sunshine filled days. Because we all know, here in Chicago it won’t last. lol

Dear Stella Spring 2013

I recently received a little surprise package from the Dear Stella team, containing a 5″ charm of every print in their Spring 2013 line. How cool is that?

Dear Stella Spring 2013

I went through the fabrics, it’s a huge variety of style and color. So when I started thinking of what I’ll end up doing with this stack, I knew it needed to have a simple, scrappy feel to it. I think I’m going to make an hourglass quilt, potentially with various shades of neutrals as the background.

Hourglass Block Tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Many of you probably know how to make an hourglass block already. But there are also a lot of new quilters here, and since we don’t come out of the womb knowing this block, I thought I’d share my technique with you today!

Hourglass Block Tutorial

Please note, all seams are 1/4″; Final block size 4″ unfinished

Cutting: We are going to make 2 blocks from (1) 5″ print and (1) 5″ solid.

1. Cut your (2) 5″ squares diagonally, leaving you with (4) half square triangles (HST). Pair (1) print HST with (1) solid HST.

2. Sew your HSTs together along the longest edge. Press your seams towards the print.

3. Square your blocks to 4.5″. Line the 45º line on your ruler up with the seam line.

4. Now cut your blocks diagonally in the opposite direction of your seam line. I like to line up the 45º line on my ruler with the edge of the block, as shown.

5. Take one of the halves from each of your blocks, and pair them together to form the hourglass. If you pressed your seams towards the print fabric in step 2, the middle seams should “lock” together, giving you a prefect match. Piece together.

6. If you are like me, you may need to trim up your blocks after you are finished to achieve the perfect 4″ block. Line the 45º line on your ruler up with the seam line. Make sure the 4″ markings on your ruler line up with the seam line in the opposite direction.

Congratulations! You’ve made your hourglass blocks!



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    sarah schraw

    June 20, 2013

    I cannot imagine a happier surprise in the mail!! Better than Christmas. I just ordered some Anna Maria Horner scrap bags and cannot wait…

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    June 20, 2013

    Love that you taught to square up the HST before cutting it in half for a QST/Hourglass. And then square it up AGAIN!

    Another wonderfully simple tut! Well done.

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    June 20, 2013

    Wow. This is great. I’m trying to do the farmers wife quilt without templates and the hourglass block is the next one I’m doing. Thanks so much.

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    Dear Stella

    June 20, 2013

    Love it! Can’t wait to see the quilt! : )

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    June 20, 2013

    I am planning to try my hand at my first hour glass block to make a quilt, also with Dear Stella fabric. Thank you for the tutorial. Being new, I’m always looking at tutorials. One question, I see some people mark their diagonal w/a pencil then sew 1/4 ” on each side and then cut down the middle. It’s probably a “different strokes for different folks” thing but just wondered why you choose the way you do.

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      June 20, 2013

      Hi Karen – Yes, some people do mark the diagonal with a pen, then sew on each side, then cut. For me, marking all those lines is just another step. (Since you still have to cut the diagonal anyway). If you have, say, 300 5″ squares, that’s a lot of marking. I find this way just a bit quicker for me.

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    June 20, 2013

    Beautiful.Can´t wait to see your quilt!

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    March 2, 2014

    great tutorial! thanks for looking after us newbies.

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    May 17, 2014

    Great instructions! Love your web site.