Hourglass Star


What you’ll need:

  • Two fabrics of contrasting colors.
    • Background
      • 5 squares 2.5″x2.5″
      • 2 squares 3.5″x3.5″
    • Contrast
      • 2 squares 3.5″x3.5″
  • Fabric Marker/Chalk
  • Cutting Implement and Ruler

What to Do:

  1. Place 1 – 3.5”x3.5” Background square and 1 – 3.5”x3.5” Contrast square right sides together.

  2. Draw a diagonal line across the center from point to point, then draw another line 1/4 inch to either side of the center.
  3. Stitch on top of both outer lines, then cut down the center line.
  4. Press open, with the seam facing the darker fabric. This yields 2 Half-Square Triangles, or HSTs. IMG_0447
  5. Take the 2 HSTs and place them right-sides together (face to face, dark to light). Make sure the seams fit snugly together without any gaps.
  6. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner, bisecting the original seam. Draw another line 1/4” to each side of the center. Stitch the two outer lines, and cut down the center. This yields 2 Hourglass units!IMG_0449
  7. Square up all four Hourglass units to 2.5” (Make sure to keep the intersection in the center of the block, and trim from all four sides, or your hourglass will be lopsided!) IMG_0457
  8. Lay out the four hourglass units with the background fabric pieces as in the picture. IMG_0460
  9. Stitch together in rows, then stitch the rows togetherIMG_0461

When you’re done, you have a 6.5″ unfinished block that will finish to a 6″ block.


Tutorial available at MissPrissQuilts.com

Questions? Email [email protected]


  • Diane

    I love the elegance of this design. I am a very beginner and would love to try this as my winter project. How much fabric would I need of each for a king size. Thanks so much for your assistance. Diane

    • Diane,
      I’m so glad you like it, and welcome to the quilting club!!

      As to your question, this is a long answer, so don’t be overwhelmed! Your total fabric need depends on several factors, including how wide of a sashing you decide to put between the blocks, and the finished size of each block. For sashing, you can use as large or as small as you want, but I usually make mine somewhere between a quarter to a third of the size of my blocks.

      That said, in a king size quilt, you might be happier with bigger blocks. These instructions finish at 6″, but I’d be happy to send you updated cutting instructions for bigger blocks so you don’t have to make quite so many stars!!! (I’d say a 9″ block might be a good size to start with!)

      I’d say to make a whole quilt top, you’re looking at around 4 yards of each fabric, give or take a little. I’d be happy to help you in any way I can, just let me know! And I’ll get you the other measurements this evening!


  • Diane

    Thanks so much. I was already thinking that I would make the blocks larger, I was thinking maybe a 12 inch block. I had not thought of putting a sash between the blocks, I guess I could use a third fabric for the sash, is that what you recommend. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Diane

    • 12″ would be a great size! I definitely recommend using sashing, as it means there are fewer seams coming together in one place, so it’s less bulky. You could use a third fabric, or you could repeat one of your two existing fabrics. If you repeat the star fabric, it makes it look more like a frame around each block. If you repeat the background fabric, the sashing doesn’t really show up, it just makes more space between each star. I also like to put a wide border around the outside. I’ll draw something up for you this evening and send it to you by email!

      • Diane

        Thank you so much. I was thinking of using a black and white pattern. Maybe the star in black with white accents and the background white with black accents, maybe even using the center in the red family. Thanks for your assistance. What would you suggest as the sash? Looking forward to hearing from you with your ideas.

        • I just sent you an email with a draft set of instructions, and some images that might be helpful!