Traditional patchwork and simple piecing really is my "thing" ~ where I am in my element and can spend hours cutting fabric, sewing and pressing (and trimming) and not at all be bored by the repetitive tasks. Sometimes I watch a movie, or listen to music, sometimes it all happens in quiet contemplation. Every block is different and the variety in fabric combinations alone is enough to hold my interest.
This quilt is based on traditional patchwork units and the Ohio Star Block with variation (I've marked the Ohio Star Block block as it tends to get lost in the design if you are not sure what you're looking for) and is inspired by the Bee (Swap) Quilt by Karen from Blueberry Park. In effect, this quilt is created by alternating a square with an Hourglass Block. It is super simple but really effective and it is the perfect scrap project.
I've made up my own block sizes (which can easily be adjusted to whatever block size you prefer to work with) and started cutting fabric late last week generally from stash, although I like to think I have used up some of my scraps. It doesn't look like it when I look at my scrap bins.
4.5 inch squares (for the simple square blocks)
5.5 inch squares for the Hourglass units
Piecing Hourglass Units:
I have used an easy piecing method for my Hourglass units (making 2 Hourglass units at once) in the same way that I have documented in my Hourglass Block Tutorial (when working your way through the tutorial please remember that you're making 4.5 inch square Hourglass units - from 5.5 inch squares of fabric - and that as always it is worthwhile to make a practice block before cutting all of your fabric.
Too easy. Alternate a Square with an Hourglass unit and sew together in (horizontal) rows.
My quilt is 17 rows of 14 units = total of 238 blocks
(119 Squares + 119 Hourglass Units)
and the quilt top measures 56.5 inches x 68.5 inches.