Beyond Basic Borders – Hourglass Block

Fun and playful, the Hourglass design has so much potential and variations. This is certainly one you need to play with.

Beyond Basic Borders is a new series of how to elevate the quilting border to the next level. Whether you use the leftover fabric from your quilt top, or introduce some new colours, this is going to be fun!

To begin with, we will base the borders on using your GO! Qube Mix & Match sets although we will transition into other dies. Experimenting with colours and layouts, we will show you how simple design changes can alter the appearance of the block.

Finished width size borders:

The length will depend on your quilt top.


  1. AccuQuilt GO! Big or GO! Fabric Cutter
  2. Shape 2 from any GO! Mix & Match Qube
  3. Shape 5 from any GO! Mix & Match Qube

Cutting Instructions:

  1. Cut (2) Shape 2 – Square per unit.
  2. Cut (4) Shape 5 – Half Square Triangle (HST) per unit

Pressing Instructions:

Pressing seams to one side or open is another discussion within itself, although the two general thoughts are:

Open Seams allow for a smoother flatter quilt top, which doesn’t allow fabric colour to appear through your quilt top.

Side Seam Pressing is faster, and the seam is usually pressed towards the darkest colour. It makes it easier when you want to ‘nest’ seams in place, giving a clean seam intersection.

My suggestion – try both and see what works for you! There are no Quilt Police here.

Sewing Instructions:

All seams are ¼” unless otherwise specified.
  1. Sew two HST together as shown below. Press.
  2. Repeat to create second rectangle.
  3. Sew the two rectangle units together to create a square. Press.
Hourglass Picture 1

Finishing Options:

Adding different colours, in different sequences can totally change the look and appearance of the design. Below is the original two-colour design, which is stylish, although you can see, adding more colours can change the appearance. Scrappy happy also works well, although, adding a base colour can add stability to the border.

Original Design Hourglass Picture 2 Rotating Blocks Hourglass Picture 3 Changing Colour Sequence Hourglass Picture 4 Hourglass Picture 5 Hourglass Picture 6 Hourglass Picture 7

This is just a few ideas, on how to use this simple block.

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* Although dies refer to the GO! Qube’s, any individual Half Square Triangle and coordinating Square dies will produce the same result.

Congratulations on finishing your project!

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One response to “Beyond Basic Borders – Hourglass Block

  1. Ronda Muench says:

    Thank you Debbie. These borders look fun!

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