Vintage Verona Hourglass Quilt tutorial
Posted by andyk on Monday, March 17th, 2014
Hi there! I'm Andy Knowlton from A Bright Corner. Today I'm sharing with you a tutorial to make this hourglass quilt from the gorgeous Vintage Verona fabrics. I'm a long-time fan of the navy blue and green color combination and coral is my current favorite color - so I was immediately charmed by the Vintage Verona fabrics. Let's get started with the tutorial!
This tutorial will make a quilt that is 55" x 68" - a great throw quilt size!
8 fat quarters**
1-5/8 yards white (background) fabric
7/8 yards Vintage Main Navy for borders
3.5 yards Vintage Plaid Green for backing
1/2 yard Solid Navy for binding
**for the fat quarters I used (left to right) Dots Navy, Scales Navy, Plaid Navy, Floral Green, Paisley Tan, Scales Green, Plaid Green, Paisley Green.
Fat quarters: Cut (4) 8" squares from each fat quarter so you have a total of 32 squares.
White/background fabric: Cut 7 strips that are 8" x width of fabric. Then cut each of those strips into (5) 8" squares. You'll need a total of 32 white squares.
Border fabric: Cut 6 strips that are 5" x width of fabric. Remove the selvages and set aside.
(all seams are 1/4" unless otherwise stated)
Step 1: Using a pencil and a straight edge, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on each of the 8" white squares.
Step 2: Place each 8" white square right sides together with one 8" print square. Stitch a scant 1/4" on both sides of the drawn line.
Step 3: Carefully cut along the drawn line, creating two half square triangles (HSTs).
Press each HST open, with the seam allowances pressed toward the print.
Trim each HST to be 7-1/2" square.
Step 4: Using a rotary cutter and ruler, cut each HST diagonally in half.
Step 5: To create the hourglass blocks, match up one half HST with another half. You can match up the same print or different prints for a scrappier look. I chose to be random with how I matched up my blocks.
Step 6: Place the two halves with right sides together, matching center seams. If you originally pressed your seams toward the print side, then the seams should nestle together nicely in this step.
I like to pin right at that intersection to keep it in place while I stitch.
Step 7: Sew, using a 1/4" seam. Press hourglass blocks open. I prefer to press the seams all going in the same direction (for example, either clockwise, or counter clockwise). This will help reduce bulk.
Step 8: Trim the little tails from each block.
Once you have all of your hourglass blocks constructed, arrange them into 9 rows of 7 blocks each. You will have one block leftover.
Rotate every other block 90 degrees when placing into rows.
Sew blocks into rows. Press seams. I like to press the seams of odd numbered rows to the left and even numbered rows to the right.
Sew rows together, matching seams. Press quilt top.
** at this point I chose to add a thin navy flange to my quilt. It's optional, but it's easy to do and adds a nice detail to your quilt. You can find a quick tutorial for adding a flange over at this link on my blog.**
Time for borders!
Grab all of your border strips (5" x width of fabric).
For the side borders, begin by sewing three border strips together end to end. Press.
Measure the length of your quilt top (top to bottom). Cut two border strips to that length. Sew side borders to the quilt using a 1/4" seam.
For the top and bottom borders, sew the remaining three border strips together end to end. Press. Measure the width of the quilt top and cut two border strips to that length. Sew the top and bottom borders on using a 1/4" seam. Press.
Your quilt top is complete! Quilt and bind as desired.
Thanks for stopping by the Cutting Corners College today. See you next time!