Old Glory Quilt

Hello quilting friends! We are Quilted Works and we are so excited to be sharing our very first Moda Bake Shop project! Today we are sharing with you a fast and easy tutorial for creating hour glass blocks using a Layer Cake. We had so much fun creating this quilt and know that you will all love it.

(Old Glory Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings)
  • 2 Layer Cakes
  • 1/2 Yard Inner Border - 1040-39G (RED)
  • 1 3/4 Yard Outer Border - 1077-19 (BLUE)
  • 5 3/4 Yards Backing Fabric
  • 3/4 Yard Binding - 1040-43G (NAVY)

Begin by separating the Layer Cakes into LIGHTS (all the beiges) and DARKS (all the reds & blues)

Select one DARK and one LIGHT fabric square and place them with right sides together.  Pin all sides.


Sew 1/4" seam around the entire 10" square. When you come within 1/4" from the corner, simply leave your needle down, and pivot the fabric to continue sewing around the square.

Your entire square will be sewn closed. Repeat with the remaining Layer Cake squares - sewing one DARK and LIGHT together. (Image below shows the 1/4" stitching all around.)

Next we will be cutting the squares into 8 pieces. Place your square onto the cutting board. Do not reposition your square after making any of the cuts. First, cut diagonally both ways (from corner to corner), then cut vertically and horizontally at 5".

Press each piece towards the dark fabric.

This is what your pieces will look like:

Mix up all your pieces and then re-pair them together with one BLUE piece and one RED piece.

Match the center of them together, pin, and sew 1/4" seam. 

Now you have a finished "Hour Glass" block! It should measure 6 1/4" and will end up being 5 3/4" finished.

Repeat this process until you have created all the hour glass blocks.

Now we are ready to start laying out our blocks and forming rows. Make sure to rotate every other block 90°. Arrange the blocks until you are happy with the color placements.

Sew together in rows, making sure to pin well so that everything is lined up perfectly.

This quilt is 11 blocks across and 13 rows down.

Attach the borders.
INNER Border: cut 7 - 2" strips from the RED fabric. Attach sides first, then top and bottom.
OUTER border: cut 7 - 6 1/2" strips from the BLUE fabric. Attach sides first, then top and bottom.

Baste, Quilt and Bind your quilt as desired!


Finished Quilt Size is approximately 81" x 92".

We hope that you’ll come visit us at www.quiltedworks.com.  If you create a quilt using this tutorial, we would love to see it – be sure to link up to the Flickr Group here. Kits for this Moda Bake Shop project can be purchased on our website and will be eligible for free U.S. shipping! We have loved sharing our first project with you and hope to have many more to share.

Quilted Works


pcflamingo said...

Oh my gosh that looks so simple, and turns out so beautiful! I have an enormous bin of RW&B fabric and can't wait to try this! What a great pattern.

Shakey Stitches said...

That is so clever.

Altax said...

This is so great!!!

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SoozeM said...

Wow it's gorgeous and looks so easy using your technique, definitely on my must-do list!

Peppi said...

Beutifull!! And so clever!!! I must try this pattern!!

Jenny Watson said...

You did fantastic job thanks for the sharing.

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Just Carol said...

It's even more beautiful when you see it in person...I love it! Thanks for the tutorial.

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Ana said...

Maravilhoso e perfeito!
Eu tenho um sonho de um dia fazer uma manta assim e pendurar na minha sacada.
Obrigada por compartilhar

Scarlet said...

I've been looking for a simple cutting, simple piecing project like this for over a year. I recently learned how to quilt, and am frequently overwhelmed with the idea of another complex quilt. Thanks so much! Perfect for a gift.

annieb said...

Printer friendly dooesn't work for me.

BJ and Amber said...

Printer friendly doesn't work for me either!

I am Just One Mom said...

Oh! I have just made my first of many visits to Quilted Works! Good for them to have a Bake Shop project. Their store is like a candy store!

Helen said...

Printer Friendly doesn't seem to be working!!

Helen said...

Printer Friendly doesn't appear to be working!!

CathyK said...

What a wonderful pattern! Thank you!

SewBlinkey.blogspot.com said...

I do like this quilt so I bought the fabric. I'm excited to try it. Thanks so much.

Kim and Jim said...

I love it! Especially that it is so simple to put together- a busy mom of little ones, like me, might actually be able to finish it!