Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Perfect Points Tutorial!

Getting points to match on the Hour Glass Block can sometimes be very difficult.  Here are step by step directions on how to get your "Points" to perfectly line up!
 

The Hour Glass Block looks the best when it is made with two contrasting fabrics. In this tutorial the block is being made from two 10" square pieces of fabric, when finished you will have two 9" blocks. Place these blocks with the rights sides together.
 
 
 
I use Pilot's Frixion pen to mark my blocks, Frixion's marks disappear when ironed.  These pens are available at most quilt shops, if you have difficulty finding them please contact me.  Draw a line diagonally from the top left to the bottom right of the block using a ruler. Once you have drawn your line, pin the two pieces of fabric and sew a "scant" quarter of an inch on both sides of the drawn line.

 
 
Once you have sewing a scant quarter seam on both sides of the drawn line using a ruler and a rotary cutter, cut the block in half using the drawn line as your cutting guide.

 
This step is really important!  Take your two blocks to the ironing board and "set" your seams by pressing both blocks.

 
With your seams "set" now press your blocks open by pressing your seam to the darker side of your block.

 
Place your ironed blocks right sides together making certain that you seams are as close together as possible.  Draw a line diagonally from the top left to the bottom right of the block using a ruler. Once you have drawn your line, pin the two pieces of fabric and sew a "scant" quarter of an inch on both sides of the drawn line.
 
 
Back to the ironing board and "set" your seams.
 
 

 
With your seams "set" now press your blocks open.

 
You will have two blocks!  Your final step is to take these back to your cutting table and square them up!
 
The video tutorial of this is available on You Tube!
 
 
Stay tuned for a tutorial on how I quilt this block on my
 
Gammill Statler Stitcher Long Arm Quilting Maching!!
 
Happy Quilting!