Monday, February 20, 2012

Tutorial: Scrappy Hour Glass Blocks

scrappy hour glass quilt

Hello everyone! Here is a virtual big hug for all of you lovely folks for coming back
 here after my longest blog break ever. I apologize for having being away for this long
 without giving you a heads-up (again!). I have been tied up with some project
 for the past few months, which is coming to an end now, so I will be back to
 my normal crafting and blogging schedule very very soon! I can hardly wait!
 You have no idea how much stuff I have on my to-blog-about list now.
 I have so many things I want to talk about and share you with, but for today,
I have a super simple scrappy hour glass block tutorial for you.

Pink Quilt

Do you remember this quilt top? I started working on this about a year
 and a half years ago with no plan ahead. I just had so much fun playing with my precious
 scrappy fabrics and hoped they would inspire me to make something with them.  


I remember this project being very pleasing partly because it didn't turn out
 to be too busy (at least I think so, hehe!) I love scrappy look so much, but when my
 scrappy project is big in scale, I tend to worry that it would be too busy
 for my eyes.  I added solid sashing between each block, which I think helped
to offset the craziness.  And the little square blocks are added fun ;)

Scrap Attack Quilt-Along

Just like what happens to many projects of mine, it was side tracked by
 other projects and months passed by so I haven't made a progress since then!
When the sweet, talented friend Rachel of Stitched in Color contacted me last year 
if I could participate in Scrap Attack she is hosting,
I immediately thought of this idea of revisiting this quilt top for it. 
I got it out of a zip lock yesterday and it had its first fresh air in Japan.
Thanks to Rachel for giving me this opportunity! Now I actually want to finish this quilt.
I always appreciate this kind opportunity that gives me a little
push to go back to my old projects and actually finish them. 

Mini quilt in progress

This tute might be a bit too simple, but I hope this will inspire some of you to turn
 your scraps into teeny hour glasses and hopefully do something with them!
 Each block finishes at a 2 1/4" square. Yup, it's teeny tiny, so these have 
potentials to be used for some small patchwork projects too!


Two squares, each measuring 3 3/4" x 3 3/4".


Cut from one corner to the other corner.


Take one of each triangle and sew along the long edges like this.
(1/4" seam allowance as usual ;) )


Press seams to one side (same side for both.)




Trade between the two!


Now to sew this bottom edge.


Press seam open.


Now you have two hour glass blocks, each measuring a little larger than a 2 3/4" square.


We want to trim down each square to be a 2 3/4" square. 
(1 3/8" from one edge is the center point.) Cut off the excess. 


The one on the right hand side is done.
Repeat the same process for the remaining block too.


Now they are clean and pretty ;)


It's quite addictive! 


We'll need some 1" x 2 3/4" strips.


to join blocks to make a row.


Here I have the white strips sewn at the short edges of the panel,
but you can choose to do that part later. Completely up to you.


I like to press seams this way.


To make a sashing that comes between rows, we'll need
some strips with a little colored block attached.
Here I am sewing together a 1" wide pink strip and
a 2 3/4" wide white rectangle. (Don't worry about length of each fabric.)


After pressing seam to the colored fabric side, chop it off
to create some 1" wide strips like this.


And repeat the same process with grey fabric.


Here is to show you how I pressed seams on the sashing.
(I made the sashing by sewing three strips and a 1" square at the short end.)


Sew along the edge.


Tada! Here is the beginning of the scrappy quilt.


If you would like to make a similar mini quilt, here 
is a measurement of my quilt. I have 49 hour glass
blocks with sashing between and around them.
I added a 1/2" wide border and then finished with a 4 1/4" wide border.
This quilt measures a 32 3/4" square - a nice size for a baby quilt?

I would be thrilled if this tutorial could inspire you to
play with your scraps! If you are feeling scrappy, don't forget to stop by
Rachel's blog and Scrap Quilt Attack Quilt Along Flickr pool to
check out everyone's scrappy projects - so inspiring!!

I'll be back next month and have tons of stuff to share with you!
Hope you are all having a nice week ;)


  1. Ohh! This is lovely, I would love to use my scraps for this. Welcome back Ayumi x

  2. muy bonita la clocha yes una manera de aprobechar los restos de telas .
    Saludos Begoña

  3. Hi Ayumi, it's always great to hear from you! And thank you for another great tute :-)

  4. This is adorable A, and a great tute! If only my scraps were as pretty as yours. Looking forward to hearing more about your other projects! Jxo

  5. This is really beautiful - thanks Ayumi xxx
    PS Missed you!

  6. Great to have you back! we've missed you!
    Fabulous quilt - you have such a wonderful eye for colour!

  7. Good to have you back Ayumi, that is a sweet mini, looks like Spring!

  8. good to see you!

    you know I'd be just as happy if you blogged about the weather or your everyday shopping when you are doing secret projects!

  9. lovely... I love anything to do with scrap. TQ for the tutorial

  10. Looks great, nice to see you back :o)

  11. Welcome back! I love this quilt, I might just have to give it a go!

  12. Thanks for sharing, it's so beautiful!

  13. It's good to have you back!
    Thanks for the great tutorial, it's very inspiring, as always!

  14. Welcome Back,

    What a beautiful quilt.

    Fleur xx

  15. What fun colors! It's so beautiful!

  16. Welcome back, Ayumi! :) I was wondering where you have been.
    Thank you very much for a great tutorial as always. :D

  17. Hello Ayumi! This is a perfect job!!!! So beautiful!!! A Big Kiss!!!! Leia Joaquim

  18. Olá, adoro os seus trabalhos!
    Obrigado por compartilhar, o tutorial está ótimo.

  19. Beautiful little quilt and great tutorial :-) Welcome back, you were missed!! x

  20. hola guapa,que bonito te quedo,gracias por compartir,

  21. i correo es

  22. Olá Ayumi, lindo seu trabalho e inspirador, parabéns, Deus te abençoe mais e mais!

  23. Hello Ayumi! So nice to see you again in my reader. I have missed your lovely posts. Thankfully you are back with one meaty enough to hold me over until you resume your regular blogging schedule. In the meantime, good luck with wrapping up your project. :-)

  24. Yea! A new tute from Ayumi!!! Welcome back....

    btw...I am taking a Curves Class from your friend Rachel, and what a wonderful job she is doing. No wonder you guys get along - you are both so very detail oriented.

  25. Hello! Nice to hear from you! Thank you for the great tutorial, it looks fun, but I think my patience would only be enough for a small project like a pillowcase. :-) All the best for your projects!

  26. Fabulous quilt!
    Glad to have you back!
    Thank you very much for a great tutorial!

  27. Como siempre tus tutos son geniales!!!
    Gracias por estas estupendas fotos :)))
    Un saludo

  28. My favourite quilt! I'm so glad it's back. I was digging through your scrap bin the other day and came across a whole bunch of these little squares! Miss you!

  29. I added this little quilt top to my flickr favorites ages ago, so I am thrilled to see your process for it's creation. I so love this! I so want to do one! Thank you!

  30. Come sempre i tuoi tutorial mi mettono allegria e voglia di fare. Bravissima!!! un saluto

  31. Adorable! Thanks for the super clear tutorial - I love the end product! Too cute!

  32. Ayumi, thank you for tutotial! every time I think - those pices are so small!! how to deal with them? :)
    sure they are pretty!
    I'm glad to read you again!
    hugs from Russia,

  33. Hallo from Germany! Wow, what a fine, great work, you've done! Nice, that you are back!!!
    Your blog was one of the first blogs I saw, when I started do swim into the big bloggerworld ;)
    liebe Grüße, best whishes, JULE

  34. I love your project - it's absolutely gorgeous! You've got unique sense of color - I wish I could sew like you:)

  35. I am so happy that you are back! I am in love with your scrappy quilt....I think I will give it a go....and hope that it turns out as pretty as yours...Thanks so much, yet again, for the inspiration...Your art is so full of joy!


  36. Welcome back! I have missed you. I can't believe you would make all those QST blocks. They are my nemesis, and yours are perfect. That little scrap buster quilt is perfect and beautiful, like all your projects.Thanks for sharing the mini tute

  37. I'm so happy that you are back and blogging!
    What a wonderful tutorial!
    Can't wait to see what else you've been up to!

  38. Hello Ayumi, very pleased to read your blog post again! Wonderful project!! I recently bought 'Zakka Style'- so happy to see you in there. The little girl looked so gorgeous in your pretty frame, was that you as a child? Love her beautiful little dress too! Who made it?

  39. I love it Ayumi!! Definitely something I am going to keep in mind for all those scraps of mine!

  40. My goodness...such a pretty new pattern from you!
    I can't wait to see what everyone makes with it ;)

  41. Lovely tut Ayumi!!! welcome back!!xx

  42. So cute. Wow, those are teensy. You have such fun fabric!

  43. Lovely, Ayumi! Glad to have you back!!!

  44. So glad you're back, dear! Thanks for another lovely tute! It's always great to find things to do with our small but precious scraps...

  45. Lovely to 'see' you and your beautiful work again, Ayumi. I am so happy you want to finish this project. It is so much fun. I love the sashing and cornerstones - it's a great way to keep those tiny scrappy blocks as individual gems. Thanks for sharing!!

  46. So glad to have you back -- and with another great tutorial!
    Have a lovely day, and thanks for sharing your lovely work with the world.

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  49. This is great! I love the little tiny colored squares! They really make it pop!

  50. Hi Ayumi, so happy to hear from you!

  51. Hello Ayumills, I couldn't wait to see a new post from you! Your works are so beautiful!

    Big hugs and Happy New Year!!!


  52. ¡¡¡Very Sweet and wonderful colors, Beautiful. Thanks for Great Tutorial¡¡¡

  53. Thank you so much for sharing, Ayumi! Another great idea to tackle some scraps just lying around.

  54. It's so nice to have you back ~ I've missed your posts. Glad to know it's because you've been busy!
    Love this little block ~ so simple and sweet ~ I've got just the fabric for it! thanks so much for the tutorial.

  55. Ayumi, this is such a cute project! I will definitely enjoy pulling some favorite scraps to shine in a little hourglass project like this!

  56. Cute quilt! Thanks for the tutorial. It's always nice to see how people press things, too.

    Welcome back! Can't wait to hear about your project!

  57. Hi Ayumi,

    I am so pleased youe back I have missed you.

    City Krafters

  58. I love it Ayumi! I think the sashing is a great idea and really gives your eyes a place to rest and the hour glass blocks stand out! Total scrappy goodness!

  59. thank you for inspiration and the tutorial.

  60. That is gorgeous! thanks for the tutorial, maybe one day I'll have enough patience to try : ) Glad to see you posting again.

  61. Thank you so much for this tutorial. This little quilt is just yummy.

  62. i love your bright, happy, scrappy quilt. thank you for sharing it.

  63. I gasped when I saw your newest project! Thank you for the tutorial, I can't wait to try it.

  64. yes lovely to have you back Ayumi, and what a great start with this adorable quilt! fantastic. Jessie, xo

  65. Hi Ayumi, great having you back on the blog . . . just love your new project . . . thank you so much for the tutorial. Happy New Year, Cheers SuziQ

  66. Ayumi!!!!! I fell in love with your little blocks way back when and now that I see what you're doing with them, I love it even more!!!! It's absolutely beautiful!!!! Thank you for the tutorial!!

  67. AAAhhhh your back. And with a tute too.... So nice to have you back blogging! Can't wait to see what you've been up to. :)

  68. I just found your blog recently...and it has been refreshing! Love your fabric and style.

  69. I'm glad to see you back online blogging too!
    xoxox Cyn

  70. Yipppppppppeeeeeee! So glad to see you are back! Thanks so much for the tutorial too. Getting ready to pin it on Pinterest now :) Virtual Hugs from Me :)

  71. Preciosos trabajos y tutoriales espectaculares, te has ganado una sorpresa en mi blog, puedes ir a recogerlo. Gracias por tus enseñanzas.

  72. Your tutorials are great, like your blog. I love it! thank you very much.

  73. Have just found your blog, you are very generous with your tutorials.
    I need inspiration, have had a slow year stitching wise. This scrappy quilt is just the ticket!
    PS your fabrics are beauitifulx

  74. Wow this is a great tutorial Ayumi, thank you! I don't know how I missed it before. As always your work is beautiful!!

  75. This type of scrappy look so pretty.It some extraordinary work.It look so fabulous.It really wonderful idea to stitch on the fabrics.

    electric scooters

  76. Your tutorials are so great! thanks a million for sharing them. You're a great inspiration in both creativity and generosity.

  77. This is soooooo cute!! thank you for the print friendly button!
    So nice to see you back!

  78. How lovely to see you! And what a great tute...

  79. Hi Ayumi,I'm so happy to see this tutorial. I loved the quilt when you first
    showed it on your blog. I already have 14 blocks done, and I've neglected 2 baby quilts I'm working on. I wish you much happiness on
    your move back to Japan. Glad to see you back on your blog. I really
    missed reading it and love all the inspiration you provide.
    Irene in OHIO

    1. Thank you Irene! It is really nice to be back on my blog!
      I'm so happy to hear you are using this tute to make your blocks! I'd love to see them ;)

  80. Random question for you, are you on Twitter on Pinterest by chance? If so I would love to follow you there too :-) Twitter:!/SmilieMommy & Pinterest: and I think my pic will take you to my blog, nothing, not even close to like yours yet though :-)

  81. QUEDAN PRECIOSOS!!!!!!!!

  82. Hi! I just wanted you to know that I pinned this quilt on Pinterest and in the last two days and in that time it has been repinned about 30 times!! It's a great quilt!!

    1. Thank you so much Helen for letting me know that! I'm blushing!


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