Assemble Hourglass Blocks
1. Referring to Diagram 2, sew together an assorted light batik 2-1/4x42" strip and an assorted dark batik 2-1/4x42" strip to make a strip set. Press seam toward dark batik.
2. Cut strip set into pieced triangles using the Triangle Pattern template or a ruler and rotary cutter.
If using the template, refer to Diagram 3 for placement and cut eight pieced triangles—four dark (with dark batik at the base) and four light (with light batik at the base).
If using a ruler and rotary cutter, cut one end of strip set at a 45° angle. Referring to Optional Triangle Cutting Diagram, move ruler over 1/4" at top of triangle so a blunt tip will be created upon cutting; cut remaining triangle edge in a 45° angle. Repeat to cut eight triangles from strip set—four dark (with dark batik at the base) and four light (with light batik at the base).
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make 40 dark pieced triangles and 40 light pieced triangles total.
4. Sew together two matching dark pieced triangles and two matching light pieced triangles in pairs (Diagram 4). Press seams toward dark pieced triangles. Join pairs to make an hourglass block; press seam in one direction. The block should be 7-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make 20 hourglass blocks total.