Hourglass Quilt Blocks
Hourglass blocks are made with Quarter Square Triangles (QST).
Quarter Square Triangles are a great way to show you how Inklingo makes quilting more accessible—whether you are a beginner or an experienced quilter—so that is why I chose QST for my rows in the EQ7 Seasons Row-A-Long.
(This has been completed.)
FREE SHAPE COLLECTION ($20 VALUE)
In addition to this week’s prizes from Inklingo, Northcott Fabric and the Fat Quarter Shop (below), there is a free Inklingo shape collection ($20 value), so EVERYONE wins! You can download and print with Inklingo in the next few minutes!
You don’t need a separate EQ project file for my rows for the Sew-A-Long because Quarter Square triangles are in the EQ block library!
You don’t have to be able to draw or create something from scratch. EQ makes every step as easy as possible.
How to use Inklingo with Electric Quilt
Electric Quilt is a fabulous tool for designing with Inklingo shapes.
My best tips for using EQ with Inklingo are on the All About Inklingo blog under the EQ tab (above) along with dozens of free EQ project files—Double Wedding Ring, Patchwork of the Crosses, Yin Yang, and more!
You don’t have to have Electric Quilt to enjoy this project, but it is great if you do!
Inklingo is the quilting tool we’ve always wanted, and it makes the row for the EQ7 Seasons Quilt-A-Long a fresh spring breeze! The Inklingo method of printing on fabric is so innovative that it is patented!
Everything about Inklingo’s clever design is intended to make quilting more accessible—including allowing you to use the Inkjet printer and ink you already have! Spend your money on fabric from Northcott (one of the generous sponsors of the Quilt-A-Long) instead of weird rulers, gadgets, and gizmos that only do one thing.
Inklingo is designed to make quilting more fun and allow you to finish any quilt—and you will love the precise results!
Even beginners get perfect QST with Inklingo.
When you print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo:
- no math
- no measuring
- no templates or weird, expensive rulers
- no drawing lines on the fabric
- no problem with stretchy bias seams because they are not cut until after the sewing is finished
- no “trimming up afterward” (a dangerous extra step)
- no picking off paper
Math, measuring, drawing lines on the fabric, incorrect straight grain, stretchy bias edges, and extra steps like trimming up and picking off paper can all ruin your results and discourage you from finishing a quilt. Inklingo makes it easy and precise.
Inklingo Quarter Square Triangles are available in many sizes (Index of Shapes) but I used the Diamond Triangle Square shape collection because it is FREE, so you can download it now and start sewing!
Please visit the Main Beginner’s Page to get the free shapes.
Print one fabric.
Layer with unprinted fabric.
Sew along the lines.
Cut on the lines with scissors OR a rotary cutter!
Hourglass blocks are cool with Inklingo!
A line to sew along for a perfect scant quarter-inch seam allowance
A line to cut along
Works with scraps and strips to use fabric very efficiently
The same method works for any size and Inklingo shapes are named with the FINISHED size, to make it easy.
The finished size of the QST in the free shape collection is 1.86 inch. That may sound strange–except that it is the PERFECT size for 4.5-inch Stars. The free shapes are very versatile and can be used for dozens of different quilt blocks.
Traditionally, quilters have been limited to easy-to-measure sizes (or templates) but Inklingo makes precision sizes possible without any rounding or fudging. We love odd sizes!
For the filler row in the EQ Seasons Row-A-Long, you will insert a fussy cut rectangle (or rectangles) appropriate to the Season, so the row measures exactly 60 inches, finished. You will need up to 30 Hourglass blocks, depending on the size of the rectangle(s).
There are helpful links below.
Print only 2 sheets of fabric for these Hourglass Blocks
For 30 Hourglass blocks, you need 120 triangles (4 x 30). With this method, only one of the two fabrics is printed, so you just need to print half of the triangles (60). Cut 1 sheet of freezer paper 6.75 x 13, and print 32 triangles at a time! FAST.
That means you just need to print 2 sheets of fabric, 6.75 x 13 and each will be layered with another unprinted fabric, 6.75 x 13.
I usually print the lighter fabric, so the lines are easy to see, but you can print on dark fabric with Inklingo too. (Top 10 Tutes)
Quarter square triangles are just one example of how Inklingo makes quilting simpler and more precise.
There are many simple, new techniques possible when you have lines printed on the fabric!
EVERYTHING about Inklingo is designed to make quilting accessible to more people—beginners and experts—whether they hand piece, machine piece, or appliqué and even if they cannot use a rotary cutter.
If you haven’t tried Inklingo yet, the free shapes and the EQ Seasons Row-A-Long are a great way to start!
HUNDREDS OF DESIGNS TO PRINT WITH INKLINGO
Once you learn how to print on fabric with the free shapes, every quilt from Apple core to Double Wedding Ring, Feathered Star and Yin Yang is easier! See the hundreds of shapes and designs in the Inklingo Smart Shopper’s Idea Book (free).
- How to Sew Hourglass with Inklingo on QuiltingHub
- Inklingo Beginner’s Page for the free shape collection
- Inklingo Smart Shopper’s Idea Book for ideas with hundreds of other shapes
- Inklingo Triangle Tips PDF includes video for HST (Half Square Triangles) and video for Flying Geese
Northcott Fabrics 6-8 Yards of Cotton that feels like silk!
Fat Quarter Shop $25.00 Gift Certificate.
You can enter at each of the blogs featured this week! WOW.
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Thank you for visiting!
Linda & Monkey