The Ultimate Beginner Quilt - Block 5 - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

The Ultimate Beginner Quilt – Block 5

Today we’re continuing with the fifth block of The Ultimate Beginner Quilt. It’s called Hourglass Four Patch, and we are sew ready to help you get quilting as we tackle the next block!

The Ultimate Beginner Quilt is a free quilt pattern series with video tutorials designed just for beginners. Even if you have zero sewing experience, this is the free quilt class for you! If you’re joining us for the first time, catch up on the previous blocks and then come back to join us for this one!

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In the Block 5 tutorial, Kimberly covers how to sew the Hourglass Four Patch, which uses quarter-square triangles. Learn best practices for working with bias edge of the fabric, chain piecing, and pressing for accurate blocks. Download your FREE pattern for Block 5. For the full video and all the patterns released so far, please visit the introduction post.

FREE Pattern for Block 5

Kimberly made her version with Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics, and we even have The Ultimate Beginner Quilt Kit with all the fabrics and backing included to make it easy for you. The quilt can also be made in other colors and fabrics found at Fat Quarter Shop. You can refer to this downloadable PDF for Fabric Requirements & Coloring Sheets to plan yours.

For those just starting out, we’ve collected some of our favorite top-quality notions in The Ultimate Sewing Notions Kit to give you a good start on your quilting journey. The kit contains some must-haves that are always at our sewing table.

Here are the Hourglass Four Patch blocks made in different colorways by our wonderful FQS staffers.
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We have some awesome quilty friends quilting with us!
Check out their blogs and follow them on social media for inspiration and tips.

Pat Sloan Mister Domestic Brittany Clark
Gina of Thread Graffiti Tracie of Riceford Streams The Real Housewives of Cross Stitch
Priscilla & Chelsea
Karin of Blue Pip Designs Linden of vinelines Rebecca of OneWeeBird
Ange of A Little Patchwork




Keep up with The Ultimate Beginner Quilt Sew Along!

If this is your first time participating in a sew along, it’s easy. You can follow along at home with us as we sew the quilt. With each new video and pattern release you can sew those elements, too. Be sure to follow along with The Ultimate Beginner Quilt Sew Along on Facebook, and Instagram, and share your progress on Instagram or Facebook with #ultimatebeginnerquilt and #myfirstquilt, or comment on our blog or video with your quilting questions.

Subscribe to our Beginner Quilt Newsletter for occasional updates and special offers created for the beginner quilter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss a video.


Stay tuned for next week’s blog and video! On Thursday, September 12, we’ll cover Block 6, Lattice.

Happy Quilting!

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  1. I absolutely love the Ultimate Beginner Quilt Series. It has helped so much. Makes quilting so much more fun. Thanks for all you do Kimberly

  2. I’m learning so much and totally enjoying this quilt-a-long! Will there be a tutorial on how to quilt the layers together? I’m hoping for help there too!