Baby Boy Double Hourglass

IMG_0907 A week ago my friend emailed me asking me if there was an easy way to make double hourglass blocks.  I told her nicely she was dreaming and she’d have to use the ol’ cut 2 squares into 8 triangles then cut the tips off all 8 triangles then sew them back together then square up the triangles then sew them together and square up the blocks….method.    Which takes f.o.r.e.v.e.r.  and is a little daunting when you want to make a quilt with lots of blocks.  So I laid in bed thinking about it as crazy people do, and figured out an easier way.  Really…………SUCH an easier way.  I almost cried it was so easy.  And then I made this quilt, finishing up all the blocks in 2 hours.  IMG_0916 I have a tutorial for you I should get on in the next couple of days, in the meantime this little quilt is going to a brand new baby  I wish I could have hold.    The fabrics are a mix from my stash, same with the back.  I think I bought that big brown dot at Hobby Lobby & it matches the Katie Jump Rope orange and yellows perfectly.   IMG_0920 I’ll get crackin’ on the tutorial to post.   For now though my 2 1/2 year old wants to “fight” me (a.k.a. I lay on the floor while he beats me up and sits on my head) and he’s just found a pair of scissors which requires immediate attention…………….. bye! IMG_0937

35 Responses to Baby Boy Double Hourglass

  1. Goddess in Progress September 13, 2009 at 11:55 pm #

    Ooh, I love it and can't wait to hear how it's done! The Sometimes Crafter has a great quick hourglass tutorial, I wonder if you're using the same technique? Can't wait to find out!

    Liz @ teeny tiny quilts

  2. Simply Sandy September 13, 2009 at 11:57 pm #

    This is beautiful! Looking forward to your tutorial.

  3. Mary on Lake Pulaski September 14, 2009 at 12:34 am #

    So cute and such awesome fabric choices! And now you say easy???
    I'll be waiting!!

  4. roseylittlethings September 14, 2009 at 12:42 am #

    Love it, can't wait for the tutorial!

  5. Jessica September 14, 2009 at 2:12 am #

    Ooooooooooooooh! That's pretty! :)

  6. Kerri September 14, 2009 at 2:33 am #

    it turned out lovely!! can't wait to see if it is different than my tutorial. i know my blocks take longer than 2 hours so it must be. :)

  7. Kate Dotson September 14, 2009 at 2:47 am #

    So cute!! the blocks kind of look like little spools of thread, I love it! The back is such a great composition. Can't wait for the tutorial!

  8. Leslie September 14, 2009 at 3:07 am #

    i am really looking forward to this tutorial…the quilt is adorable…such a nice gift.

  9. SewGlenda September 14, 2009 at 3:09 am #

    Waiting with baited breath to see your tutorial! Your quilt is delightful!

  10. beth September 14, 2009 at 3:27 am #

    i just made a baby quilt today and yours is SO MUCh cuter! I love all the colors and the white.
    look forward to your tutorial…did you survive the scissors?

  11. Betty Crocker Ass September 14, 2009 at 3:40 am #

    i'm sure this will be my next quilt as i have to make everything you do…. :)

  12. Care September 14, 2009 at 3:50 am #

    can't wait! can't wait!!

    your quilt is gorgeous, as usual!

  13. Emily September 14, 2009 at 4:05 am #

    I cannot even say how happy I am for the tutorial on this one!! I've had a double hourglass on my mind for a LONG time, but haven't wanted to do it bcuz of time, nor did I want to figure out an easier way. So I'll be anxiously waiting…!

  14. Blue Is Bleu September 14, 2009 at 4:12 am #

    Absolutely love this!! I just finished an hourglass quilt so I'm dying to find out an easier way lol!

  15. Robin September 14, 2009 at 4:39 am #

    I want to guess. Is it two strips sewn together than cut 4 triangle alternating the direction so you have two of each? I think you could use a companion angle ruler to do it. Did I guess right? Looking forward to your tutorial. It's a great quilt.

  16. Isa September 14, 2009 at 5:35 am #

    Love the quilt!
    Can't wait to see the tutorial!

  17. Hedgehog September 14, 2009 at 5:41 am #

    Love the quilt! It's a perfect pattern for the Hawaiian scraps I just got. Can't wait for the tutorial!

  18. True Blue Nana September 14, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    Love that quilt, hurry up with that tutorial. I am thinking you cut two squares at the time and then sew them back together.

  19. Lyanna September 14, 2009 at 11:49 am #

    Oh my, that quilt is adorable! I can't wait for the tutorial!!!

  20. Petit Debutant September 14, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    Love it! I can't wait to see your easy version, I have an idea as to how I would make it, but your way might be totally different!

  21. Erin September 14, 2009 at 1:34 pm #

    LOL. I'm another commenter who is anxious for the tutorial. I "think" I might know how you did it. =)

  22. allsewnup September 14, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    very nice :o)


  23. Nikki September 14, 2009 at 2:36 pm #

    ahem, you couldn't have figured this out 4 or 5 months ago????? I just finished a FULL-SIZE double hourglass quilt the loooooong way!! :) I made 80 and then decided I just couldn't make any more so I started adding borders. Ha! :)

  24. Heather September 14, 2009 at 3:08 pm #

    I can't wait for your tutorial. I love the hourglass look and would love to make one! Yours is the bomb! :)

  25. Mama Megs September 14, 2009 at 4:01 pm #

    Seriously, you're too talented. I feel inadequate my dear friend!

  26. Shasta September 14, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    This is a beautiful quilt. I've made hourglass blocks for quilts here and there, but I want to make a quilt like this that only has hourglass blocks.

  27. mjb September 14, 2009 at 7:59 pm #

    I'm all for doing blocks the easy way!

  28. Kristi September 14, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    Beautiful quilt and I'm really looking forward to the tutorial.

  29. Angie's Chit Chatting Corner September 14, 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    The quilt is so clean looking. I can't wait for the tut.

  30. I Love Baby Quilts! September 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm #

    Love it, it's perfect! I bet your technique involves making the center first, then the frame.

  31. Alisa September 15, 2009 at 1:09 am #

    It's beautiful. I'm looking forward to the tutorial.

  32. Cheryl September 15, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    Oh wow, you cut out all the blocks in two hours? Cutting is my least favorite part so I am looking forward to your tutorial.

  33. Rannyjean September 15, 2009 at 6:14 pm #

    You are so creative! Your quilts are awesome. Allison, I am having a giveaway of fabric and an lighted needle threader on my blog:
    please come by and sign up!

  34. scrapworking September 15, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

    Adorable! Can't wait – I'm sure it's going to be a great "a-ha!" moment. Thanks!!

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