Video tutorial: one minute hourglass block or Quarter Square Triangle (QST) the quick way

Video tutorial: hourglass block

With this tutorial you will make 2 hourglass blocks or Quarter Square Triangles (QST) in no time.

How to make an hourglass block

Watch the video, it only goes for one minute. And if you want to be notified every time I upload a video subscribe to my YouTube channel. Enjoy!

You only need two 5 inch squares in contrasting fabrics or four if you want to make 4 blocks as shown on the photo above.

I used 5 inch squares but this block can be made in any size, large or small. Just add 1 1/4 inch to the side of the QST you want to obtain. For instance if you want to do two 5 inch hourglass blocks, cut two 6 1/4 inch squares.

On the video tutorial you will find other alternative arrangements to the one on the photo.

Jane A. Stickle Quilt left row triangle 2

If you have been doing this quilt in order you will agree there is nothing new to this triangle.

The things that I have learnt so far have been useful when working with the two tiny triangles on the side of the big diamond.

The best piece of advice I can give you is press well each piece as you stitch it.

If you would like to do this triangle with paper piecing and you haven’t done paper piecing before, I have posted several tutorials on this topic that may help you. I have even posted a foundation piecing video tutorial  to show you the method. I totally recommend it.

I have said this many times before but I’ll say it again, paper piecing is the only reason many of my blocks look so neat. I’m sure that the necessary skill to make this quiltin the traditional way can be acquired,  but if you want quick results paper piecing is the way to go.

So cut your pieces.

Follow the piecing order.

It is hard to believe that something like this…

will turn into this after trimming excess fabric.

As you can see I have been pressing after each piece. This can be a bit annoying but it certainly pays off.


Now just sew all the pieces together into a triangle.

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

How to do foundation paper piecing

All blocks

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.

Make 8 Half Square Triangles (HST) in 2 minutes

This is just one of the blocks you can do with 16 half square triangles (HST) but the possibilities are endless.

For this tutorial I start with 5 inch squares, which gives you 2 inch HSTs, but you can start with any size square.

You will need to trim the resulting HST to size afterwards.

Here is a 2 minute video showing you how to make 8 HST at once:

Example blocks with 8 HST

Example blocks with 16 HST in 3 colours

There are many more blocks you can do with HSTs. A quick Google search will confirm that.

Twirly Whirly quilt tutorial

Approximate finished size

54 inches W x  84 inches H.

Binding type

Self binding quilt.

Fabric needs

The fabric colours, particulary the solid colours, have been selected to match the charm squares colour scheme. Select solid colours to match your charm pack colours.

Quilt top

The quilt top is made out of 7 x 11 rows of squares/pinwheels and insert solid 6 inch squares distributed as:

  • 77 pinwheel blocks (77 x 5 inch charm squares + 77 contrasting 5 inch fabric squares)
  • 6 inch squares (see note below)
    • 12 gray
    • 12 light brown
    • 8 occre
    • 4 light green
    • 4 darker green
    • 20 cream
  • Side triangles:
    • 16 x 6 ⅞ inch squares cut in the diagonal to obtain 32 half squares
    • 2 x 5 ⅛ inch squares cut in the diagonal to obtain 4 half squares

Note: The pinwheel block should be 6 inch square though my blocks turn out usually slightly smaller. This one is about 5 7/8. Therefore I recommend that before you cut the insert solid squares,  you measure your pinwheel blocks and cut your insert squares accordingly the same size.

Back of quilt

  • 2 pieces of fabric each 86 inch x 20 1/2 inch in a matching fabric
  • 9 x 5 in squares in white
  • 9 x 5 in squares in printed fabric
  • 2 strips of white fabric each 86in x6in

Pinwheel block

Each block is made with two 5 inch squares.

The finished block should be 6 inch square.

How to make this block

Watch a 2 minute pinwheel block video tutorial:

Quilt top layout

The quilt blocks are set on point.

Arrange quilt as per layout below with one row of pinwheels blocks alternating with a row of solid fabric.

If you are using charm packs, place the pinwheel blocks combining colours as you can see in the photograph below.

Once you’re happy with the placement, start stitching on the diagonal, starting for instance with the bottom right corner block. Attach a corner triangle and 2 side triangles to the block.

Then proceed to the next row starting with a side triangle, a pinwheel block, a solid square, another pinwheel block and a side block.

And so on.

Back of quilt assembly

This is the back of the quilt.

Start assembling the back of the quilt through a middle row of 5 in charm squares  alternating in white and contrasting colours.

Then stitch a long strip 86 inch x 6 inch to each side of the charm square row.

And finally attach the 20 1/2 inch x 86 inch pieces to each side.

This is the back of the quilt.


I´m not going to give directions to the quilting. There´re plenty of tutorials out there. I chose to quilt mine using free motion.

 Self binding

The quilt backing is large enough to self bind.

Learn how to self bind a quilt in less than 2 minutes.


I don´t know if I prefer the front or the back of this quilt.

Easy 2 minute pinwheel quilt block tutorial


This week I want to show you a beginner’s quilt block.

I used this block to make a pinwheel quilt. The block is so quick and simple to make you could have a quilt top made in a weekend.

To make it even easier I used 2 charm packs for the pinwheels.

The full quilt tutorial will be coming soon.

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