Another Chain and Hourglass Quilt Block - a Free Tutorial

Posted by Elaine Huff on

This Chain and Hourglass quilt block is quick and easy to sew together and creates interesting designs when sewn into a quilt. There is another block also called Chain and Hourglass which you can find here: The main difference is that this block is a Nine Patch block and the other one is a Four Patch block. Let's get started!

chain and hourglass quilt block

Fabric Requirements for a 9" Finished Chain and Hourglass Quilt Block:

  • Light/Gray: 3 - 4.5" squares, and 8 - 1.5" x 3.5" rectangles
  • Medium/Purple: 2 - 4.5" squares
  • Dark/Green: 1 - 4.5" square, and 4 - 1.5" x 3.5" rectangles

chain and hourglass fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Hourglass Units:

Step 1:

Using two Light/Gray 4.5" squares and two Medium/Purple 4.5" squares, sew together four Hourglass units like the ones shown in the picture below. Trim/square up the patch to 3.5" square. This is the hardest part of this block and my tutorial at makes it easy.

chain hourglass 1

Step 2:

Repeat Step 1 only use one Light/Gray 4.5" square and one Dark/Green 4.5" square to make two units. You'll only use one unit in the block so the other unit can be used in another block. You can see in the picture below that I used the tweak/twirl/furl method of pressing the seam allowances.

chain hourglass 2

Roman Stripe Unit:

Step 3:

Using two Light/Gray 1.5" x 3.5" rectangles and one Dark/Green 1.5" x 3.5" rectangle, sew together a Roman Stripe unit. You can see in the picture below that I've pressed my seam allowances toward the Dark/Green fabric but you can press however you like.

chain hourglass 3

Step 4:

Repeat Step 3 for a total of four Roman Stripe units.

chain hourglass 4

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Putting It All Together:

Step 5:

Layout the Hourglass units and the Roman Stripe units as shown in the picture below. From here the block goes together like a basic Nine Patch block.

chain hourglass 5

Step 6:

Sew the units into three rows as shown below.

chain hourglass 6

Step 7:

Press the seam allowances toward the Roman Stripe units.

chain hourglass 7

Step 8:

Finally, sew the three rows together and...

chain hourglass 8

Step 9:

Press the seam allowances away from the center of the block. All done!

chain hourglass 9

Layout Options:

Here is a basic 4 x 4 layout.

quilt 1

In this example I've rotated every other block 90 degrees. What a difference!

quilt 2

The design below has sashing and cornerstones added.

quilt 3

Here's an on point layout with a change in color for some of the outer triangles.

quilt 4

The same on point layout but with sashing and cornerstones.

quilt 6

Of course I had to add in a scrappy version! Scrappy is almost always my favorite.

quilt 6


This block was easy to sew and I really like the possibilty of using up some scraps in a quick block!

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Happy Quilting!


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