During the past two months I’ve been gone from home teaching almost nonstop and have not done much with the charity quilts I’m making. Four Square is ready to be loaded on the longarm and quilted, but it’s going to have to wait a couple more weeks. I’m packing for a week long retreat, non teaching- I get to quilt! I have started on my third charity quilt and am taking it with me to work on. Below is the EQ6 drawing of the quilt, I’m naming it Sweet Land of Liberty and it will go to Quilts of Valor.
To make Sweet Land of Liberty I am making lots of hourglass units.
To make hourglass units from 5″ squares, select one dark and one light square.
1. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a 5″ square of background (light) fabric. With right sides together, place the marked background square on top of a square of the main fabric
2. Stitch a “scant” 1/4″ wide seam on both sides of the diagonal line. I always sew my seams using a “scant” 1/4″ wide seam allowance. This is a slightly narrower seam, about a needle-width narrower than the full 1/4″. This narrower seam allows for the thickness of the thread in the seam allowance, the pressing of the fabric over the seam, and results in a more accurately sized unit. Give it a try!
3. Cut on the diagonal line to yield two half-square-triangle units.
4. Press to set the stitching; then press the seam toward the dark fabric.
5. Select two different half square triangles and draw a diagonal line on the back of one of them that is perpendicular to the seam line. Do not trim these units up!
6. With right sides together and with light and dark fabrics opposite each other, center the marked unit on top of the other unit. Nestle the center seam and pin in place. Sew on both sides of the diagonal line.
7. Cut on the diagonal line. Press to set the stitching; then press the seam to one side in each unit.
8. You are ready to trim! The easiest way trim this unit is with a 4″ square ruler. Simply lay the ruler on the unit with the corners of the ruler lying right on top of the seams. Trim all four edges.
To make four hourglass units that have two different dark fabrics in them like the units shown below simply start with two background squares and two different dark squares and follow steps 1 through 8.
Pat Speth author of: Nickel Quilts, More Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel Quilts, and Nickel Quilts & Borders
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