Building Blocks: Your First Quilt Block

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The Super Easy Hourglass Quilt is a great place to start learning your first quilt block! This project comes together easily using Charm Packs (5″ squares of precut fabric).

You’ve finally made it! You have your supplies in hand and you have a great knowledge of precut quilting fabrics so it’s time to create your very first quilt block! Before we begin, remember Jenny’s favorite phrase, “finished is better than perfect”. Your first quilt block might not be perfect (maybe it will!) but what is most important is that you learned new skills along the way and have a finished block that YOU created!

If you’re more of a visual learner and would like a video tutorial to follow along with as you create your first blocks, you can find all of the information on the Hourglass Quilt included in this blog post in Jenny’s Super Easy Hourglass Quilt tutorial and, for a quicker version, our Quilt Snips mini tutorial! 

In today’s post, we are focusing on creating the first few blocks of the Hourglass quilt. We won’t be finishing the entire quilt top today, but if you continue your block making, you’ll soon have enough to create a finished quilt! We’ll get into binding, backing, and quilting later, but for now, let’s piece our first block!

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The Super Easy Hourglass quilt block will measure 5″ x 5″ when complete.

For this project we’re going to be working with Charm Packs. If you haven’t already read Building Blocks: All About Precut Fabric, take some time to get to know your materials before diving into creating your first block. Once you’re ready, grab your favorite Charm Pack and let’s get stitching! You will need:

Supply List

One Charm Pack of 5″ precut squares

A Rotary Cutter & Cutting Mat

A 5″ x 15″ Inch Ruler

An Iron for Pressing

A Sewing Machine Ready to Sew

Remember we’re not tackling the full quilt today, just the first block. If you’re wanting to push your sewing skills a bit further, gather the supplies for the Super Easy Hourglass Quilt from the list HERE.

Creating Your First Block

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Arrange four 5″ squares of precut fabric together to create a large square.

Start by arranging four 5″ squares from your Charm Pack into a Four-Patch. This is a very simple and basic quilt block style and a great place to get started! Select four 5″ squares that vary in color or design and remember—we’ll be cutting these four-patches up very shortly so the layout will change as the hourglass block develops.

Once you have laid out four squares (hard work so far, right?) all you need to do is sew them together! Flip two squares of your four-patch over so that the right sides of the fabric are touching, as shown below.

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Sew the side seams together by sewing down the side of the two squares on top of each other)

Next, sew straight down one side of each set of squares, creating two sets of two squares, using a 1/4 inch seam. Open and press the two sets flat, then line them up on top of each other with right sides facing. Match up the middle seams and sew the two sets together to create a four-patch.

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Sew all four squares together to create a Four-Patch quilt block!

Once your four squares are sewn together, press your block flat with your iron. Believe it or not, you’ve created your first quilt block! This Four-Patch block is oh-so simple and versatile on its own, but with a little more creative energy, we can turn it into a simple Hourglass block! To do so, follow the instructions above to create a second Four-Patch block, just be sure to mix up your fabric choices! Once the second Four-Patch block is complete, press it flat and lay it on top of your first Four-Patch block with the right sides of the fabrics facing each other.

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Lay the newly created second Four-Patch on top of the original (right sides facing).

Take your blocks over to your sewing machine, keeping them lined up (you can stick a few pins into your blocks to hold them together if needed), and begin to sew all the way around the squares with a 1/4″ seam.

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Sew all the way around the two blocks to bind them together.

Your two Four-Patch blocks should be sewn together now and held tight. Now comes the fun part! Grab your rotary cutter and ruler and make two diagonal cuts from corner to corner on both sides of the sewn-together block. Use extra care when crossing over the middle of your block as the seams will be slightly more difficult to cut. Use your 5″ x 15″ ruler as a guide to ensure that your cuts are straight and even!

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Cut corner to corner in both directions using your rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler

Now all that’s left is to open your newly created Hourglass blocks and press them flat! Using this method, you’ll actually create FOUR hourglass blocks at a time.

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Open and press your newly created Hourglass blocks!

Take a moment to admire your work and be proud of what you’ve accomplished, you’ve not only created your first quilt block, but you altered that block to create four more unique quilt blocks! At this point you’re ready to tackle your very first quilt. If you need a little extra help, don’t panic! Check out Jenny’s full tutorial or the Quilt Snips mini tutorial below for some extra visual aids. Not everyone learns in the same way or at the same speed, so take your time and have fun!

Disappearing Four-Patch Weave Quilt

The Disappearing Four-Patch Weave Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

Spiders are master weavers. Their webs are made with silk “thread” that is the envy of quilters: 1,000x thinner than human hair and 5x stronger than steel! (Scientists think pencil-thick web could stop a jumbo jet!)  

They work at a dazzling pace, completing incredibly intricate webs in about an hour. But this week, Jenny is giving ‘em a run for their money!

The Disappearing Four-Patch Weave Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.

The Disappearing Four-Patch Weave quilt starts as a super-simple 4-patch and then, like all disappearing blocks, we slice it and rearrange the pieces. The result is a gorgeous, woven layer cake pattern that comes together lickety-split. (Our spider friends would be so proud!)

The Disappearing Four-Patch Weave Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Watch the free quilt tutorial today.
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4×4 Quilt Tutorial

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Learn a fast and easy way to remake this classic look.

A 4 x 4 truck can get you out of a sticky situation in deep snow or mud. A 4 x 4 wooden beam can support an amazingly heavy load. But a 4-patch quilt block? Well, that might be the most powerful of all!

Jenny teaches a fun and fast way to recreate this classic look!

Quilters have been stitching up 4-patches since the dawn of quilts. They’re true quilting powerhouses: easy to make and endlessly versatile! Put ‘em together in just the right order, and you’ve got a beautiful new 4 x 4 quilt! Click HERE for a free PDF download/printable of the image below!

This PDF is a great way to imagine this quilt in a different color pattern.

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UPDATE: We had a bit of an oops while filming the 4×4 Quilt, and Misty shows us the correct measurements in the video below. You can also download the digital pattern HERE.  We apologize for the confusion.

Jenny’s Roundabout Quilt

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Watch the tutorial to learn how to make this Round About Quilt!

 

Butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla. Whether you are making basic cupcakes or a temperamental chocolate souffle, you’ll probably start with the same simple ingredients. The magic is in how you put ‘em together!

 

Let Jenny show you how to recreate this darling block!

 

Today’s new quilt is a lovely pattern with intricate criss-crosses and circles. No one will ever guess that it’s just made up of simple bow tie blocks! It’s all in how they’re put together! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

 

This diagram will help you layout your Roundabout Quilt!

 

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Here is Jenny's full version of the Roundabout Quilt!

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New Friday Tutorial: The Super Easy Hourglass Quilt

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Make an Hourglass Quilt the Super Easy way with Jenny Doan of MSQC!

For many Olympians, it’s all about speed, and the difference between last place and gold can be a matter of mere hundredths of a second! If speed-quilting were an Olympic event, surely the gold medal would go to Jenny and her Super Easy Hourglass quilt. This block can be constructed at lightning speed, and it’s so darn cute!

Make an Hourglass Quilt the Super Easy way with Jenny Doan of MSQC!

Click on the button to watch the YouTube video tutorial and get everything you need to make your very Hourglass Quilt, the Super Easy Way!

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Make an Hourglass Quilt the Super Easy way with Jenny Doan of MSQC!