Monday, March 16, 2015

A turn of the hourglass

Spring is coming to Minnesota!  With the warming temperatures the snow has melted away earlier than normal this year and we couldn't resist heading to the Lake for the weekend.  Of course a few bags of fabric scraps for quilting came along too.

The change of seasons became the inspiration to try out hourglass blocks.  I loved how easily they went together!
Pull out one background and one color 3.5-inch squares.
Mark on the diagonal and stitch 1/4 inch on each side of the line.
Cut on the line and press to the colored fabric.
Flip one over so the seams nest and draw another line across the diagonal.
Stitch 1/4 inch on each side again.
Cut on the line and press open.
TA DA! Two hourglass blocks.  Then make two more the same way.  Pair up with three background and one gold 2.5-inch blocks (9-patch style) and they turn into Ohio Stars!
Adorable Ohio Stars!
Can you see the frozen lake in the background and the last of the snow along the shoreline?  Puddles were forming on the lake by Sunday afternoon, and it will only be a few weeks before we can put this dock into the water and launch the boat.  Hubby can't wait!  Do you think we'll have open water by Easter?

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