Thursday, January 1, 2015

Foothills Mystery Quilt - January Instructions

Happy New Year and welcome to January's instructions for the Foothills Mystery Quilt-a-long! The instructions for previous months can be found in the Foothills Mystery Quilt tab above.  The monthly instructions will be posted on the first Thursday of each month.

Please share your in-progress pictures on our flicker group Meadow Mist Designs and on Instagram using the hastag #FoothillsMystery so that everyone can see your progress :)

We are getting closer to the finish of the quilt, I hope that you are as excited as I am!  Just as a little look ahead, this is the last month of block instructions.  In February the instructions will be on the quilt top assembly and border.  You will then have 2 months to finish the quilt top and finish the quilt (there will be no instructions in March).  In April we will have our reveal with a parade of Mystery Quilts.  The parade will consist of completed quilt tops and finished quilts. 
And now onto January's instructions, we will be making some whole hourglass blocks and half hourglass blocks using the hourglass units and the last of the HST.

Whole Hourglass Blocks

Using 7 hourglass units (6½” x 6½”) and 28 HST units (3½” x 3½”), form 7 whole hourglass blocks (6½” x 12½).

a.  Sew 28 HST units into 14 double HST units (3½ x 6½”).

b.  Arrange units as shown below, sew together pressing seams open.  Form a total of 7 whole hourglass blocks (6½” x 12½”).

Half Hourglass Blocks

Using 10 hourglass units (6½” x 6½”), 20 HST units (3½” x 3½”), and 10 fabric set B rectangles (3½” x 6½”), form 10 whole hourglass blocks (6½” x 12½).
a.  Sew 20 HST units into 10 double HST units (3½ x 6½”).

b.  Arrange units as shown below, sew together pressing seams open.  Form a total of 10 half hourglass blocks (6½” x 12½”).

Thanks so much for quilting along with me!


  1. I know what I'll be working on first thing in the morning! :)

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