Beginner's Quilt-Along

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.

Pat Sloan is quilting along with us too. She’s making three sets of blocks using her gorgeous Eat Your Fruits and Veggies fabrics. Check out Pat’s variations of Block 7 on her blog.

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.

The Fat Quarter Shop have donated a set of their new Little P’s patterns. These quick and easy patterns are perfect for the beginner quilter.


Pat Sloan has donated a scrap bag of her new fabric line with Moda Eat Your Fruits and Veggies.

Pat Sloan Learning Center scrap bag prize

Block 6 Winners

The winner of Pat Sloan’s scrap bag of her new fabric, Eat Your Fruits and Veggies, is:

The winner of the set of Little P’s patterns donated by the Fat Quarter Shop is:

The winner of the June Tailor Perfect Half-Square & Quarter-Square Triangles Ruler is:

Deb sew’n’sew

If you’re a winner, please check your photo on Flickr for instructions.

Beginner’s Quilt-Along: Block 7

One thought on “Beginner’s Quilt-Along: Block 7

  • July 19, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I totally agree with you about Best Press. I love that stuff and really need to get to the store to buy some. I’ve been out for the past two weeks and keep forgetting to stop for some while we’re out.

    Thank you for another great tutorial!!

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