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Have you tried making nine patch and hourglass blocks before? If you have, this 9 Patch and hourglass quilt by Missouri Star will be easy for you. This pattern uses the basic blocks so even beginners can follow the steps with ease and less effort. If you already have 2 1/2″ squares, the process will be faster. But if you don’t have them, don’t worry, as you can get the squares that you need for both blocks with just 10″ squares.
I have done these two basic blocks a lot of times before, but I never thought of combining them. The pattern is created by alternating the two blocks and rotating the hourglass block for each row. By doing so, you’ll create these beautiful squares that you can see in the photo above. Save this pattern for later, so you can do it if you just want an easy and fun quilt project that you can quickly finish on a weekend.
Get one colored and one background 10″ squares. Line them up and place them on top of each other. Cut 2 1/2″ strip off from one side, rotate it, and cut another 2 1/2″ strip from the short side. Cut the strips into 2 1/2″ squares.
The squares that are left from step 1, should be 7 1/2″ squares, make the hourglass block. Place them right sides together with the background square on top, then draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Sew a 1/4″ away from either side of the line. Once done, cut directly on the line. Set the seams, open, and press toward the dark side. Trim into 6 1/2″ squares. Now you have two half-square triangles.
Start by making the nine patches. Get 9 pieces of 2 1/2″ squares and arrange them into a block. Make sure to alternate the colored and background squares. Sew them in rows first, press the seams on the first and last rows in the same direction, and the middle in the opposite direction. Sew the rows together to make the nine-patch block.
Arrange the hourglass and nine patch blocks alternately to make the quilt. For the first row, alternate the sideway hourglass and nine patches, then for the second row, start with the nine patches then alternate with the up-and-down nine patches. Continue the process until you finish the quilt.