Free Block of the Month Quilt Pattern 2006
9 Patch blocks - 9 Months - 9 Blocks

designed by Susan Druding for & QFaD

Block #6 - August - Hourglass Block

The 6th block is the Hourglass Block. All blocks for this quilt are 12" x 12".
Fabric amounts and usage is shown on this page.

You will be making 4 of these blocks for the quilt.

This is a block that can easily be made with just plain squares and 2 Half-Square Triangles (HSTs).  Since the HSTs are the same color combinations, the blocks will go together quickly. You have a choice for this block of either using fabric #10 for the outer four corners - or using a scrappy approach and using a different fabric for the HST corners than for the other 2 corners. It will not make a big difference in the look of the quilt - you can see some of the variations I used in the different sample quilt tops here

The Hourglass block is the 2nd row, 3rd block in from each side and in the 7th row in the same position.

The instructions below will assume you are using fabric #10 in all 4 spots.

For each block you will need 9 - 4.5" units:
(the numbers in the block indicate the fabric numbers)
 7 unit squares 4.5" solid fabrics: 4 in Fabric #11, 2 in Fabric #10 and 1 in Fabric #8
 2 half square triangle units in Fabrics 8 & 10

You will be making 4 blocks so all units will be multiplied by 4.

1. Cutting "just squares" for the 4 blocks
From Fabric #11 - cut 16, Fabric #10 - cut 8, Fabric #8 - cut 4  all 4.5" x 4.5 " squares



2. Half Square Triangle Units - 8 total
Using 40" width fabric, cut 1/2 strip of Fabric 8 and 1/2 strip of Fabric 10 all 5" wide. (you may have some of the 5 inch #10 strip left from last month's HST blocks, check before you cut.)
Cut these 5" strips into 8 squares of each fabric that are 5" x 5"

You will have 4 squares each and you will make 8 - 4.5" Half Square Triangles from these. Trim your HSTs to be 4.5 x 4.5 inches as you did for Block #2 - Shoo Fly block.
 [See the earlier Block #2 for the Half Square Triangle sewing diagram if you need to review this.]

You now have all the 4.5" units needed to assemble the 4 Hour Glass blocks.
Referring to the numbered block at the top of the page, lay your pieces out so that you can assemble the block in rows of 3 units each, press, then sew the 3 rows together.


With a quilter's square ruler, trim the blocks to be 12.5 inches x 12.5 inches.


You have finished Block Six.

Block One is here

Block Two is here

Block Three is here

Block Four is here

Block Five is here

I've received some photos of the blocks in progress and will post them soon - please send more to keep the ones I've received company!

 - email to me at quilting -at- I'll post them linked to each Block instructions to see the progress.

Happy Quilting,


copyright 2006 - Susan Druding


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