Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tutorial: Double Hourglass Blocks the EASY way!

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First off…things always look better in my head than they do typed up, so please try one block and see how it works for you before cutting up all your fabric. Also, if your a perfectionist this method might not be for you, some of your points and seams won’t perfectly match up…but it will take you about 1/4 of the time of other methods. Enjoy and let me know if this works for you!
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  • Jodi has pre-made triangle templates that work for this pattern in her etsy shop here. It may save you from cutting fingers when your cutting out all those triangles! :)
  • To figure out how to make different block sizes: Figure out the finished block size you want, say…5" so you add an inch to that and cut your template 6" square. Now you’ll have to figure out how big to make your strips. So divide 6 in half ( the size of your template) …so you want your finished double strip after its sewn to be 3". Now the tricky part is figuring out how big to make your strips including the seam, my seams are usually .5" ( 1/4" + 1/4") so add that to 3" (how big your finished strip should be) Which leaves you with 3.5" which you divide in half and that’s how big to make your strips….. 1.75" wide. That sounds right in my head but beats me if it will really work! Try one first just in case I’m totally wrong!
  • If you want to make this with a Jelly Roll, you would cut your template 9" square and it would leave you with a 8" block. But again….I haven’t actually tried it so make sure you try it before cutting up all your fabric! Or else I would feel really bad. :)

95 comments:

Chris said...

Oh my GOODNESS! How easy and looks so hard!! Thanks for taking the time to share your "smarts"!! Love the quilt too! :)

Rory said...

On my to do list....near the TOP!! Thhanks for this!!!

Michaela said...

SHUT. UP. Why didn't I think of this??? ; )

This is the best tutorial ever!!! I love it, thank you thank you!

Laurel said...

That is a great tutorial! Makes me want to try it SOON. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

Blue Is Bleu said...

Good grief! Your way's SO much easier!!! Bravo! I'm going to have to try this very very soon :)

Kandra said...

Great idea! Now to figure out all that math for 12.5 in blocks!!!

Trisha said...

Cute quilt! Nice and easy way to make these blocks. Looks like fun!

~Michelle~ said...

*slaps head* duh, this is so super easy! thanks girlie :)

~Michelle~ said...

oh, and I sense a bunch of double hourglass quilts making waves in blogland in the upcoming weeks ;)

Natalia said...

Very cute!!

Mary said...

This would be great as a jelly roll pattern!!

Petit Debutant said...

*standing ovation* totally aweesome tute! thanks for sharing!

angela said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I love that block, but hate all that extra piecing. I will be making some of these for sure!

patsy said...

I am totally trying this!!

thanks so much for sharing-
I love it :)

ktquilts said...

Yay! Sounds like fun. I will be doing one of these...as soon as I finish some UFOs!!!LOL!!!

Blessings,

KT

Stacey said...

Wow, That tutorial is fantastic. Such great pictures too. Now I need to make a quilt like that too. I guess I will add it to my "Bucket List"

Stacey
Driving Miss Stacey


Sew Far Sew Good Quilt Shop

Jamie said...

I can't believe how simple you made this! This one will definitely be the next to try.

Aimee said...

You are a genius! Thanks for sharing. I have wanted to do one but was afraid of the other methods. Thanks!!

Heidi said...

WOW!! I can't wait to make this quilt!! Thank you so much for the tutorial.

Michele said...

Can I say brilliant? I guess so!

Jackie said...

Great quilt and tutorial! You made it make sense. Thanks!

Giddy for Paisley said...

Wow! That seems way to easy, I guess I will have to try it now :)

Karen said...

Gorgeous quilt and great pattern! Can't wait to try it!

soggybottomflats said...

Allison, you are a Goddess...and my hero! Thank you for making my day...week, fine, the whole month! Have a merry month, Elaine

amy smart said...

Very, very nice. Bravo.

scrapworking said...

Fabulous! And I love the colors you used. THANK YOU!!

larry7pokey said...

Thank you for the tut, and I love your work! always makes me want to try a new quilt. Hey, and I 'square-up' every project I do, always happier with the finished project!

Isa said...

Great tutorial.
Thank you!!

essie said...

this is a really useful and clear tutorial. i am bookmarking it - thank you! :)

Suze said...

Great tutorial! It's easier than it looks.

Kristi said...

Now I've got a project for the fabric I've been saving to make a quilt for my daughter. I love it--thanks!

Zarina said...

Thank you so much. One of the thousands of patterns planning to do but no idea (well not exactly googled it) how is the construction.

Andi said...

What a great tutorial and a gorgeous quilt.
Thanks!
:-)

The Calico Cat said...

Out of curiosity only, how do you do this the hard way? (This is the only method I had heard of.) BTW I own an acrilic (sp?) template/ruler that works the way your card stock template works... I use it for setting triangles when I make on-point quilts.

True Blue Nana said...

What a fabulous tutorial. I could not go to sleep last night without trying it and it works perfectly!! Thanks so much

Sara said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I am so going to try this!

Quilts on Bastings said...

Thanks for the tutorial - it is a lovely quilt.

Leslie said...

this is great!! thanks for working so hard on this. i want to give it a try right now....except there are a thousand other things to do, so maybe a little later.

Emily said...

Oy my goodness! (*slap on the forehead!*) How easy, Thanks for figuring this out and sharing.

el chinijo del patchwork said...

Thanks a lot for this great and easy tutorial. Best regards from Canary Islands (Spain)

Jo said...

This is fabulous, gave it a go tonight and I just love them. Thanks so much!

sally said...

Thanks a ton for the tutorial. I think I may actually have the guts to give it a try.

Heather said...

This is a great tutorial! Thanks for doing it up for us. I'm actually glad that your seams don't match and your blocks aren't perfect. Mine never are and i sometimes feel like I'm the only one. Everyone else's quilts always look perfect. It's nice to know I'm not the only imperfect one. :)

Ariel said...

Woot woot!!! Thanks for an awesome tutorial!!! I'm SO glad there's an easier road. LOVE it!

Firefly said...

Oh I want to try this out now. It looked so complicated all put together, but with your tut, it looks like something I can manage :) Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you did make this look easy. I had to laugh after reading your tutorial because I remembered that you thought of this while in the shower. That was some shower! Thanks for very clear directions.

Lise said...

Great tutorial. I'm brand new to quilting, and it makes perfect sense. I can't wait to try it!

Lara said...

Thanks a MILLION dude! Now while i still have wanda's BSR i'll have to make one!!! Miss you, no one will go with me to the Country Living Fair...I just might go by myself.

Sandra said...

Thank you for sharing and my to do wish list is growing and growing....;)

Melissa said...

Alright! Thanks for sharing - great pattern. One of these days I'll get to quilting again...

Mikol said...

So cute, I love the colors you used in your quilt. Thanks much for the how to.

Anonymous said...

Oh this is great! Thank you!! I'm going to make this at quilt retreat. And it's nice to see that your points don't always match. Makes me feel better. Your quilt is awesome.

Amy

bernie said...

THank you thank you!! This is a great tutorial! You're so awesome to share it!

mindingmomma said...

thank you for making this so simple to follow, i love it and hope to make one, someday!

Alicia said...

Thanks for the tutorial!

amandajean said...

thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

i am so going to try this...the quilt is adorable!

twin fibers said...

Love it! Thank you, I'll have to try it soon!

tasha said...

i hope i can give it a try someday...the tutorial was really easy to follow! darling quilt!

Jeanne said...

Thank you for sharing this tutorial! I will definitely give it a try soon.
Your quilt is wonderful.

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Makes me want to buy a machine! I could never do it, i'd cut off all my knots and be there forever. Drat!

edeenut said...

What an easy block! I had to do this right away after seeing your how to post. I just blogged about it on my blog. Thanks for the tutorial!

Happy Find said...

WoW! I love your tutorial! Thank you for sharing!!!

Ariane said...

I love this tutorial. So great!!! Thanks for sharing.

Maricou said...

I am very please to let you know that you've been awarded the Kreativ Blogger Award on my blog
http://lamachinacoudre.blogspot.com/2009/09/kreativ-blogger-award-merci-trudy.html

Marie-Noƫlle

jette said...

I did know this method. Just didn't have the arithmatic (is that a word??) skills to figure out how to do it! So thank you for showing me - and others! :-)I'm going to try it as well!

Jette/Denmark

Ariel said...

Okay! This tutorial gets an A++++! I tried it last night and it's just as you said...MUCH easier than the first method of double hourglass I had in my head! Thanks, Allison!

beccy said...

Thankyou so much for this! I've been looking for a cheer-me-up project that wasn't too taxing for my exhausted brain but would keep me busy. This is perfect - it's easy, looks great and is speedy enough for quick-ish results but will still keep my hands busy.

Sarah Star said...

I just tried this with 2.5" strips--I cut the template from a 9" square, got 8 block quarters from a strip set, and when my blocks were sewn together, they ranged from 7.75-8", so I just trimmed them down to 7.5".
I've been looking for a pattern for my Hello Betty Retro jelly roll, and this is officially it! Thanks!

kelly jeanie said...

This is perfect!! I was looking for something to do for my daughter's toddler quilt. I can't wait to get started on this.

Goddess in Progress said...

Just thought you should know I just made this tutorial and it was GREAT! Came together easily. I did 2" strips, so the template was a 7" square. Blocks were about 6 1/4", so I trimmed them to 6" (unfinished). Love it!

Liz @ teeny tiny quilts

Nicole said...

Allison I loved making this quilt!! I just finished it and thought you might want to see a picture of my finished product.

http://curlymommycrafts.blogspot.com/2009/12/homespun-holidays.html

Thank you again so much!!

Anja said...

It works fantastic!
I just tried it out on one block and everything fits just right!
Thanks for the brillant tutorial!
I love your quilts!

Coyote Quilts said...

Great way to make this block, but I would substitute Kaye Wood's Starmaker 8 ruler for the templates which would make it even easier....

Anja said...

I did it!
Thanks for the fabulous tutorial!
You can see the result on my blog!

Anja

mandylifeboats said...

when i first saw the quilt; i thought oh no, i hate half square triangles, but hey there are none to make; it's perfect, i love it, i can't wait to get started. thank u for the great tutorail.

RaeLyn said...

Thank you for this AWESOME tutorial! It was a cinch, thanks to your fabulous instructions, measurements, ideas, etc. Here's a link to the finished product. (http://byesboos.blogspot.com/2010/04/double-hourglass-quilt.html) Thanks again!

savvy stitch said...

You make this look really easy--thanks! This looks like a great project for a jelly roll!

lss922 said...

I never get tired looking at this quilt. So simple to do and wonderful to look at. Choice of colors are great!

Jude said...

Great Quilt! Thanks for the great instructions.

Debbie said...

I'm working on this one right now with Pure :) Thanks so much for the tutorial. I'm going to use it as a raffle for a fund raider for Big Brothers and Big Sisters!!!

Kate G said...

Awesome! Just finished mine and it looks so great! Thanks for putting this together. If you want you can see mine at http://katerannie.blogspot.com/2011/04/blue-green-and-yellow-double-hour-glass.html

Roslyn said...

Neat trick!

Sis-O said...

Love! Thank you. Always so much to do so little time. Love every opportunity to cut corners and have a beautiful result.

Darlene said...

http://barnes-girl.blogspot.com/2011/11/side-trips.html


Finally making this beauty! I am going for a twin size !! Your tutorial is the best, thank you.

Esther said...

I have a question: if you used two colors -- say, white and orange -- and you followed these instructions, but assembled the triangles into two types of squares: one with the four triangles making a white square on the inside and another with the four triangles making a white border...(do you follow me?) I think you'd end up with a pattern looking like the orange quilt (which I LOVE and I don't even like orange that much). Would this be easier than the way you assembled the orange quilt?

I don't know why this question preys on my mind so much. Thanks!

Deanna said...

I just started this quilt because I found a 5.00 jelly roll at tuesday morning. I did not use a common fabric as you did in your tutorial. I am afraid it will look WAYYY too busy when I start putting the blocks together. Would it look too weird if I sewed a sashing border to the blocks? any feedback would be fantastic.

Terri said...

I mentioned your blog and this tutorial in my post about the block that I made using Double Hourglass. Your tutorials are easy to follow! Thank you.

Schulz Family said...

Hi. I made this quilt and added a tutorial on my blog - linking to your site regarding how to do the ironing for this project. I found the ironing made all the difference in the world. You can see it on www.madewithmytwohands.blogspot.com

Cathy said...

I love your tutorials. This quilt is so fresh and sunny. Missouri Star Quilt Co has another method to make something similar. I always like learning quick tricks.
BTW the word inseam only refers to the inner seam on a pair of pants, usually interchangeable with someone's inner leg measurement or crotch to ankle. It isn't used interchangeably with a regular old seam. Thought you might like to know. It kinda throws some funny imagery into your quilt tutorial!

Dorine said...

I love the simplicity of your tutorieals!! Excellent job! Thank you!

Tanya said...

I had to make these for a block swap recently. I just loved the simple but very attractive quilt they made. I shared it with my Bitch & Stitch Group....They all loved it to. We will all be starting one at our first get together for 2013. Thanks for the great tut.
Cheers Tanya

Kinga Izabella said...

Thank you so much for the great tutorial! I´ve made two blankets, and i´ll make more! I love this pattern, and this way to sew it! :)
Have a nice day!

Tspoon said...

Found this by accident as I was looking for that something I needed for a quilt I am planning this morning. This is it!! Thank you.

Heather's Haven said...

Thank you so very much for taking the time to write this tutorial. I'm a visual learner and really appreciate this.

Heather

Primitive Friends said...

The Etsy shop has closed that you have listed at the top, for the templates. I wonder if she's selling them some place else? Would love to try this pattern for a baby quilt, but making templates from card stock, they tend to keep getting smaller as I use them!

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