Progress! How are you coming on your Super Simple Sampler blocks? I feel like sewing time has been short lately, but I am determined to get this quilt done in 2018 (-:I have a new video up on Color Girl Quilts YouTube. This tutorial is all about making hourglass blocks that we will alternate with the sampler blocks in the final layout. If you would like to use this layout on your own set of orphan sampler blocks, see bottom of page for cutting measurement adaptation.
In the video I will show you how to cut and sew these cute blocks in sets of four at a time (they make up quickly!). I am sewing mine in a combination of two pink prints and a white/gray print. When they are arranged with the sampler blocks, it gives the appearance of each block framed on point with either a larger pink square or larger white square.
This is a quick and easy way to make your quilt larger without sewing as many sampler blocks. For the layout I have planned, I am making all 36 Super Simple Sampler Blocks (<<link to page with all the free block tutorials>>) plus 36 of the hourglass blocks.
If you want to sew some of these blocks to create a setting for your own orphan sampler blocks (like those past BOM blocks that are still not sewn into a finished top…), it’s easy to size up or down to fit your project. Watch the video for the technique, then use this guide for cutting your squares:
**measurement is finished block size. Insert your own colors. Each set makes four hourglass blocks
12″ blocks: cut 2 white squares and 2 pink squares, each 13 1/4″
9″ blocks: cut 2 white squares and 2 pink squares, each 10 1/4″
6″ blocks: cut 2 white squares and 2 pink squares, each 7 1/4″
4″ blocks: cut 2 white squares and 2 pink squares, each 5 1/4″
Happy Holiday Season!
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