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Hour Glass      
There are several blocks named “Hour Glass” in Barbara Brackman's “Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns”. This one was credited to Ruth Finley in “Old Patchwork Quilts and the Women Who Made Them” (1929).

For a 6 inch (finished) Hour Glass block you need:
      From blue cut one 2 1/2 inch square and one 2 7/8 inch square
      From gold cut four 2 1/2 inch squares
      From white cut one 2 7/8 inch square and two 2 1/2 inch square

We will make two blue and white triangle squares first. Carefully draw a line corner to corner, (diagonally) through the white 2 7/8 inch squares. This will be a cutting line when you are finished. Place blue and white 2 7/8 inch square right sides together. If you have a true 1/4 inch foot on your machine, you can sew on either side of the drawn line.

If not, you will have to draw a second line on either side, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. They will be your sewing lines. After you have sewn on your sewing line, 1/4 inch on either side of your corner to corner to line, you will cut this square in half on the drawn cutting line. Clip off the corners as shown.

You will now have two triangle squares, which should measure exactly 2 1/2 inches.


Make two rows like this

And one row like this

Then put them together like this. Your block should measure 6 1/2 inches
           


Here are the cuts needed to make Hour Glass blocks in many different sizes (smaller & larger):
      Cutting your squares 1 1/2 inches (1 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 3 inches.
      Cutting your squares 2 inches (2 3/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 4 1/2 inches.
      Cutting your squares 2 1/2 inches (2 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 6 inches.
      Cutting your squares 3 inches (3 3/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 7 1/2 inches.
      Cutting your squares 3 1/2 inches (3 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 9 inches.
      Cutting your squares 4 inches (4 3/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 10 1/2 inches.
      Cutting your squares 4 1/2 inches (4 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 12 inches.
      Cutting your squares 5 1/2 inches (5 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 15 inches.
      Cutting your squares 6 1/2 inches (6 7/8 for triangles) will give you a finished block of 18 inches.
Finished means after the block is sewn into a quilt.

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Updated September 28, 2014

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