Tips For Creating the Disappearing Hourglass and Pinwheel Blocks

Tuesday Tidbits quilting video blog archives

    It’s time to wrap up our Ode to Disappearing Quilt Blocks this week. We’re focusing on the variations that you can do with Pinwheel and Hourglass blocks and BOY! there are a ton of options once you mix up the pieces. We actually had more fun with these blocks than with the 4-patch and 9-patch last week. So, get your creative juices flowing, make some simple blocks, whack ’em up, and start rearranging the pieces.

      QUILTING BLOG CONTENTS [click to view]

      We’re Expanding On Last Week’s Tuesday Tidbit About Disappearing Blocks
      Last week we spent time sharing how to create the disappearing 4-patch and disappearing 9-patch quilt blocks. This week, we’re focusing on the disappearing pinwheel and disappearing hourglass quilt blocks.

      [0:30 minutes] We think that maybe a new project that had bright colors or just made you smile would be the perfect remedy for the winter doldrums.  Caution: Inspiration ahead!

      [1:44 minutes] Precuts are not cut to the specific size you may need. What point do you use? The outside or inside? We have some helpful tips for you.
      [4:01 minutes] Sewing around the two right side fabrics and then cutting with our rotary cutter: Cut diagonally twice. These are the 4 triangles that result from the pieces we just cut. Helpful tip: Go from the corner of where your seam is to the opposite corner of your seam [the angle of your stitch line].
      [4:31 minutes] Tips for trimming: Trimming your pieces involves math – We have a free Disappearing Quilt Blocks Cheat Sheet for you to download [right click on the link and select “save”] and use so you don’t have to worry about your math skills! Bias edges – “If you’re friendly to bias edges, they’ll be friendly to you”

      All About the Disappearing Pinwheel Block
      [5:50 minutes] Step-by-step example including how to divide the block and create 3 equal parts.

      Begin Creating Custom Quilt Blocks
      [7:06 minutes] Flipping and turning your pieces to customize your disappearing pinwheel block.
      [7:21 minutes] Using the Bramble Patch Charm Pack, we created the “Bramble Patch” Baby Quilt”  [It’s a rectangular block because we only cut it in one direction].
      [8:14 minutes] Cutting the block again [and using a bit more math!], we played around with the block placement and created the “Prairie Dry Goods Quilt”   [Pam Buda].
      [11:34 minutes] Repositioning our cut pieces again, we created the “Hidden Valley” Bed Quilt” with very little waste. We used a basic block and created such a different pattern!
      [14:00 minutes] Creating the “Baskets Bed Quilt” using the pinwheel quilt block  [we chose to do it on point].

      All About Disappearing Hourglass Block
      [17:34 minutes] How to trim, cut, and put your blocks together differently to create this block pattern [with a few helpful tips]. And, how to tell the difference between the pinwheel and hourglass blocks.
      [18:40 minutes] Using batik layer cake precuts, we created the “Sonoma Vista Bed Quilt” [by moving our four corners to the outside and twisting the center!].
      [21:21 minutes] By flipping every piece except the center, you create an all-new star block pattern. We used Pam Buda’s layer cake to create the “Farmer’s Daughter” Bed Quilt.”
      [21:48 minutes] The points – this method allows you to easily create perfect points!
      [23:06 minutes] A Disappearing Pinwheel and a Double Disappearing Nine Patch: Examples from one of our quilting friends!
      [25:10 minutes] Introducing the “Color Me Friends” Baby Bed Quilt using the disappearing hourglass block and a patterned background.

      Please note: This blog is an archive from our parent company, Material Rewards. Any products, promotions, or sales are no longer available. This content is being shared for our quilting fans as a tutorial resource.

      Share This Post

      Shopping Cart
      Scroll to Top