Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Pink Classic

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After staring at fabrics for too long trying to decide what pattern to make my baby a quilt with…I went with classic hourglass blocks. There are probably loads of good tutorials for these blocks already, but since these are one of my favorites I wrote one up for this quilt:

Baby Hourglass Quilt: Quilt size: 32" x 41" , Block size (unfinished): 5" x 5"

You’ll need:

32 print 6" x 6" squares, and 32 white 6" x 6" squares (approx. 1 yard cut into 5 strips 6" x the fabric width, then subcut 7 squares from each strip). For this particular quilt I used about 8 different print fabrics, and cut 4 squares from each fabric.

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1. Draw a diagonal line in pencil from corner to corner on the wrong side of each white square. I know…I hate this part too….if it helps this is how I line up my squares then I draw lines on multiple squares at one time:

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2. Pin a print square and a white square right sides together with the pencil line facing up. Sew 1/4" from the line on each side ( I usually don’t pin these squares…but you should…I’m just lazy). Continue until all of the 32 print and white squares have been sewn together.

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To make this process faster you can chain piece all of the squares. Sew on one side of the line on all of the squares, then without cutting the threads in between the blocks put them back through the machine and sew down the other side. Then when you’re all finished clip both threads in between each block.

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3. Place a square on the cutting mat, and cut down the pencil line from corner to corner. DO NOT MOVE THE PIECES YET! ( I pulled mine apart a little just so you can see the cut)

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4. Cut another diagonal line from the other corner to corner on the same square.

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5. Press the triangles towards the print fabrics. You should be able to lay out 2 hourglass blocks from this one cut square:

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6. Match and pin the center seams, then sew the pieces together to make 2 hourglass blocks. Press seam to either side or open.

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7. Now for the fun part (not really) squaring up the blocks to 5" x 5". Everyone has their own method of squaring…this is how I do mine:

Align the diagonal lines of my block with the diagonal lines on my cutting mat…

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Measure from the center 2 1/2" out on one side, and trim off the excess. Do the same on the top or bottom, then you can align the edges along the grid lines and trim the remaining edges to make a 5" block. If your mat doesn’t have these handy grid lines you’ll have to find another way, but simply measuring 2 1/2" out from the center on each side should be fine. You can even cut more than one at a time if you’re not a perfectionist.

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8. Lay the blocks out in 9 rows of 7 blocks each, rotating every other block. Sew the blocks into rows, and press the seams towards the print fabrics (that part is important so you’re seams will match up nice and tidy when sewing the rows together). Pin and sew the rows together to finish the quilt top.

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Apparently it’s 5 year old boy torture to make him hold up a pink quilt…heaven forbid…you should have heard the grumbling.

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*To make hourglass blocks in any size… cut your starting squares 1" larger than you’d like the (un) finished squares to be.

* The fabrics in this quilt are Daisy Cottage by Bee in my Bonnet Designs for Riley Blake (here, here, here, here, and here), and the bright pink small floral and polka dot are Children at Play by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller.

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89 comments:

laxsupermom said...

Beautiful quilt! Love the fabrics you used! I am so in awe of accomplished quilters - getting all the corners to line up has always been a point of frustration with me. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

Anne said...

It's lovely!

Lisa said...

Lovely quilt & thank you for the tutorial.

Lindsey said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I've been looking for a sweet quilt to make for my baby quilt, and I think I've found it!

randi--i have to say said...

oh so pretty! your quilt top is just perfect for your upcoming gal!

and your little boy...what a trooper! :)

~Niki~ said...

a classic~lovely.

Lesley said...

This is such a beautiful quilt. Love the pinks!

eatmoresmores said...

Wow. We love it!

KaHolly said...

Very sweet little quilt and a perfect tutorial.

Amy said...

That is so pretty! I think it might be the simplicity that appeals to me.

Debbie said...

sooo sweet.

Kristen said...

beautiful

Johanna said...

So pretty! That is one of my favorite blocks too.

Lizzy said...

Completely adorable!!! Love all the pink!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Beautiful - lucky little girl to be.

tracy_a said...

so lovely! great fabrics and pattern. thanks for the tutorial - not as hard as I thought it would be!

Jess said...

I never realized there was such a simple way to make that block! Thanks for the quick tute!
It looks lovely!

Ashley said...

Cute blanket! and thank you for the tutorial... it's fun to learn a new process!

Heleen Groot said...

LOVE the top. The colours are amazing! Thanks for the tutorial....maybe I'll just make one of these....

aksherry said...

That quilt is just too sweet!! I want one!!

Heather D. said...

Simple and classic, but no less lovely!

angela said...

Awesome tip on squaring. Thanks!

Marian said...

Beautiful! I love what you did and thanks for sharing your tips!

toots2u said...

So pretty!!

Rhona said...

Oh my goodness, each time you post another quilt I want to make one too!! They are all beautiful but this one is just perfect for your little girl (and I love DS's face ;o) ) Thanks for sharing and for the tutorial - which I'm now going to have to try! x

fiberdoodles said...

Beautiful & very sweet!!

Bruna said...

Thanks for sharing! This quilt is so pretty :)
Nice prints you chose!

marysza said...

ohhh.. this is so.. AMAZING!!!!

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

I think it is very sweet, good job. I did have to smile at the picture of your son. What a cutie pie. Poor thing, holding a pink quilt. He'll never live this down. He sure is cute though, in spite of his misery!
Julie

Anna said...

I love it! Classic and so very cute!

Betsy Lynn said...

Sweet...such a lovely quilt for a little girl!

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

Pink Perfection! I'm still trying to master "squaring up," I made some Half Rectangles and I had to rest my brain for a day after. They still didn't turn out right!

When are you due, again? My sister had a baby yesterday- on Leap Day!

amandajean said...

it's really pretty, Al!

CitricSugar said...

Great tutorial - thanks.

That quilt top is lovely. Pretty but not too "precious". Love it.

Sallie said...

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

CJ said...

Sweet quilt and thanks for the tutorial!

Sylvia T. Zeringue said...

I think I will make one like this. So lovely.

diane said...

super cute

bethanndodd said...

You have one lucky baby...such a precious quilt. Thanks for the tutorial. Smiles~Beth

Dawn said...

It's truly lovely. Looks and sounds like it was made with love. :) There's just something great about "pink"!

Judy Blinkenberg said...

Please tell him thank you! It is a great quilt and I haven't made that pattern before. Thank you much and hope you are feeling ok these days.

quiltypleasuresonline.net said...

Allison I love this quilt - your little baby girl will love it too for sure!! Your tutorials are always amazing too, but I came across this one the other day which is super super speedy for HST and wondered if you'd seen it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekYpJzHoW6E

It will change your life I promise!!

Best of luck with your impending arrival, Leigh

Oh Abigail said...

Thanks for the tutorial and a great finished result!

girlsfour said...

Very nice quilt - love the colors. Good thing pink has always been my fav color - we have four daughters!!! Love it!

Have a great weekend!

Meg

Lana said...

What a nice fresh looking quilt. This would be great to use some fabrics up from your stash.

Dana said...

So pretty and sweet! Love your fabric choices!

happydancequilting said...

That is just fresh and yummy in those fabrics!

happydancequilting said...

That is just fresh and yummy in those fabrics!

Donna~~ said...

Pretty quilt! And thanks for making me smile--loved the 5 year old torture technique--you are so mean! ;)

Amy said...

This is a lovely quilt and a great tutorial! I'm not usually a pink person but these colours and patterns mix very nicely so I am now thinking of buying pink fabric!!! Amy from www.craftyshenanigans.blogspot.com

Melody Holz said...

I CANNOT WAIT to make a cute hourglass baby quilt...Thanks for the tutorial. VERY helpful!

Nancy said...

What an adorable helper you have, such bright blue eyes, love the quilt I'm starting one for a family member who has a little girl this will be perfect.

Jennifer J said...

Beautiful! Great tute! Definitely going on my list. Thank you!

quilt happy said...

this will be on my list to make

ultraorganized said...

This is such a cute quilt -- definitely will make this one -- thanks for the tutorial :) Terry

Jean said...

I love a classic block...perfect for the baby!

Dalya said...

It's gorgeous! I love classic blocks like these. I'm actually making an hourglass quilt, I started in the summer, eek! So it's good to see some beautiful inspiration.

:)

prsd4tim2 said...

I really love classic blocks in modern fabrics, and who can resist such a fresh, girly baby quilt? It's so pretty. Congratulations on your new little one.

Cecelia said...

Adorable! Thank you for sharing!

Maria Filomena said...

Cara senhora,
Muito obrigada por compartilhar.....

abra├žos de MF

Claire Jain said...

So exciting! What a beautiful quilt :-)

Fort Worth Fabric Studio said...

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!! love that, great job!

Truffle queen said...

Thanks for the tut! I'm passing it along to some quilting friends (snowbirds) in Florida. They will LOVE it! Beautiful quilt - handsome little boy!!

Rachel said...

Lovely! And I enjoy your awesome tutorials!

Mystica said...

Thank you for the tutorial. You make it sound so very easy.

Tsoniki said...

Beautiful! I wish we were having girls in our family - one of my cousin just had a boy and my brother and his wife are having another boy next month. I need more pink in my life! LOL

Stacy said...

would love to see how you ended up quilting this.

sandyb said...

This is so sweet!! Thank you for sharing!!

Live a Colorful Life said...

This quilt is so cute! I have looked at that fabric line. Now I'm going to see if I can get some...

Speaking of pink. My 5-year-old granddaughter and 4-year-old grandson are temporarily sharing a room until the new baby gets a bit bigger and then Levi will go back into his "boy" room. Charlotte's room is brown walls with white beadboard, but she has pink trim on the curtains, accessories, etc. It is driving my son NUTS. He says the room needs to be more "boy-ish." So my DIL is making some bunting out of little baseball pennants to hang on his side of the room. I guess that will "neutralize" the pink...

Valerie said...

Just math checking --- you started with a 6" square and ended with a 5" unfinished square, right? That yields a 4.5" finished square to my way of thinking when the seam allowance is taken into account. The end of the tutorial says to add 1" to your finished block size to determine the size of your starting square. I'm thinking it ought to be 1.5" to account for the seam allowances. Or would that just leave a larger margin for error when it comes to squaring things up?

Carol said...

Beautiful quilt and an excellent tutorial.
Carol xx

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Elisha said...

you make it look so easy. .thanx for the tutorial :)

coastal gray said...

Love to see the finished quilted project...

Bonnie said...

Gorgeous! I love the tutorial, and adore your little helper. I have two boys who are anti-pink as well. Too funny!

Conniecrafter said...

Gorgeous fabrics, so sweet!

Terri said...

Thanks for the inspiration, I love your pink and white hourglass quilt. I could hardly wait to start one and have dug into my scraps. So simple and pretty.

pippi said...

wow! i like colours & fabrics.
the photos are wonderful!

Adri said...

Thanks for posting these instructions! I used the same technique, but sewed the triangles together to make a chevron pattern. It turned out so cute! Thanks!

Nor said...

Me encanta tu quilt!!!!...es inspirador...
What a beautiful quilt !..
I wish you will visit my new blog and you could see the quilt I made thanks to your tutorial ....
http://mitallerdequilt.blogspot.mx/
hugs from Mexico!

Nor

Schulz Family said...

Your pink hourglass inspired me to do a boy's blue flannel one. Am thrilled. Karen. www.madewithmytwohands.blogspot.com

stitching under oaks said...

thanks so much for this tutorial...I loved it! I followed it strictly to make one for our family. I'm putting a post up today about it. I've linked to your blog...thanks again. I appreciate all the time and effort you put into this tutorial.

sue niven said...

A Great tutorial Thanks so much.

lucy's mom said...

started a square one got frustrated with that one so i started this one strying trying to finish the one i started before this one then i will fnish this one

DivaMomCarol said...

Have a bunch of 1930's kiddie novelty feedsack prints that would love this application. It will showcase their 'stories' and I can't wait to start.
Thank-you, Allison!

Donna Laster said...

I love the tutorial for the hourglass quilt. Your quilt is beautiful. I like the white mixed with the prints.

Donna from blackberrywintercrafts.blogspot.com

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MamaDoc said...

If you want to avoid sewing triangles completely only make one diagonal cut. Then iron them open, mark your line on one of then again, put them RST with one square rotated 90 degrees and sew on both sides of the line, cut between and presto 2 hourglass blocks. I think jenny doan did it this way if I haven't explained it well. Thanks for your fabulous blog.

chrikina1234 said...

So sweet...and what a wonderful tutorial - thank you Allison!

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