January 10th, 2011
So I turned 2 squares into 1 hourglass. A magic hourglass. One square of a print, one square of background fabric. Any size square will work as long as two rules of thumb are followed (more on that ahead). For my potholder (which is headed to Heather’s new red & aqua rockin’ kitchen), I made four magic hourglasses starting with 5″ squares - and each one finishes at almost it’s original size no matter what the size of square you start with. All seams are ¼”.
1) For each print square and background square - cut in half diagonally. Red fabric by Patty.
2) Cut each triangle in half long-wise. Rule of thumb #1: Find your half measurement. It does not have to be an exact half, but do use the measurement you’ve chosen consistently on all your blocks of that size. Aqua fabric by Mo.
4) Join a background triangle to print trapezoid/print triangle to background trapezoid to make a triangle unit. Press to the print. Because you’re working with the motherload of bias edges, press gently with steam.
5) Audition triangle units - another option beside a double hourglass is to make a square-in-a-square-ish block (how cool is that!). Red fabric by Bari, aqua fabric by me.
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