Hi everyone, welcome to Block 7 of the Beginner’s Quilt-Along (QAL). My apologies for being so LATE today.
If you’re new here, you can join the QAL at any time. Complete the blocks one at a time each week, or you can set your own pace. No stress! Most of all, have some fun and hopefully learn a few tips and tricks along the way. See the main Beginner’s QAL page for more information and additional links.
Don’t forget to upload your completed block to the Flickr group each week for a chance to win prizes. Winners are chosen randomly from the completed blocks submitted by 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday. Check the Sponsors and Prizes page to see all the goodies.
Block 7 – Paddle Up the Creek
This week’s block is Paddle Up the Creek also known as Hour Glass. Many of you might say, that’s not the hour glass block, and you’d be sort of correct. According to Jinny Beyer’s The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns, there are many different blocks called the hour glass. There are definitely more popular variations that hold the same name. This one first appeared in Finley in 1929.
I was only able to find a couple of variations on Flickr for this block. You can click the links underneath to see the full image on Flickr.
I created a quick variation using two different coloured blocks in Electric Quilt 7. I really like the secondary pattern that’s formed just by rotating one colour set. I think I might have to make this quilt!
A note about block colours: This block uses three colours to create the design. I like the drawing I did better than the fabrics I chose for this block (see below).
Beginner’s Lesson and Block Tutorial
The beginner’s lessons and block tutorials for the Beginner’s Quilt-Along have been removed from this site and are now available for sale as a complete booklet.
Find out more about it here: Breezy Beginner’s Sampler Quilt.
Prizes for this Week
We have two prizes to give-away this week.
Block 6 Winners
The winner of the June Tailor Perfect Half-Square & Quarter-Square Triangles Ruler is:
If you’re a winner, please check your photo on Flickr for instructions.