French General Hour Glass Quilt

This traditional Hour Glass Layer Cake quilt design is the perfect quilt pattern for using precut 10″ squares. The short-cut method for making this quilt makes it come together really fast!

I finished the Hour-Glass block – that I originally shared here – for the quilt shop where I work. So, nope, I don’t get to keep this one, but it was fun to play with all that French General fabric!  

Hour Glass Layer Cake (precuts) quilt pattern using French General Fabric

Most of the quilt is made with the Lumiere de Noel line. We also threw in any of the remaining prints we had from prior French General collections and a few other reds that were on hand.  This was quilted by a friend, Marilyn, who works at the shop. Then I put the binding on and took the pictures.

It was kind of a cool, overcast day. I loved the clouds hovering over the mountains. At the end of September we were still having 90 degree weather – which I actually didn’t mind. Suddenly a week of cool, rainy weather blew in and it suddenly felt like real fall. (Or Autumn if you live in the rest of the English speaking world. When I lived in England I remember being teased for saying “Fall” – so now I’m always a little conscious of that fact.) Whatever you like to call it, it’s my favorite time of year.

Pattern available here for this quilt.

Hour Glass Layer Cake Quilt pattern in indigo and tan color shades.

Here’s another variation of this Hour Glass Layer Cake quilt made with indigo blues and tans (details here).


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    October 14, 2010 at 6:04 am

    It's absolutely beautiful! I love it!

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    October 14, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Beautiful! Fun fabric — I can see why you had fun playing with it!

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    October 14, 2010 at 6:15 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! I'm planning to make a quilt using reds and this is pretty much what I had in mind, now I'm convinced! Really nice work, congratulations!

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    October 14, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Beautiful quilt Amy! I love French General. We are supposed to be having spring weather here in Australia and we have had a few warm days and now it's cold and rainy again … crazy. Love the photo with the mountains and clouds in the background.

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    October 14, 2010 at 7:05 am

    this is so pretty. i love a overcast day!!!

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    live a colorful life
    October 14, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Beautiful quilt. Red is just so classic. And I love fall/autumn too, if it would only cool down here in the central California valley.

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    October 14, 2010 at 8:44 am

    This is a gorgeous quilt…love it!

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    October 14, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Beautiful! Such pretty fall colors and they look great in the hourglass block!<br /><br />Jennifer 🙂

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    October 14, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Ohhhhh Gorgeous quilt!! Love it!<br />Paulette

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    October 14, 2010 at 10:17 am

    It&#39;s a keeper, alright! ! ! <br />Just love this fabric<br />Red and White<br />Your quilt is just gorgeous.<br />Hugs &amp; ♥♥♥s,<br />Gerry

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    October 14, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Love it love it love it.

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    Jan Hatchett
    October 14, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I have always loved two color quilts and yours is no exception. You do such lovely work. Of course, French General fabrics are amazing as well!

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    October 14, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    You&#39;ve done a great job, it&#39;s sew beautiful!

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    Sarah Craig
    October 14, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    What a beautiful quilt! It&#39;s a shame you don&#39;t get to keep it…..

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    October 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Simply lovely!

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    October 14, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    WOW it is STUNNING!!!!!

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    October 14, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I agree with Marian…absolutely STUNNING quilt!

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    Stray Stitches
    October 14, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    An absolutely beautiful quilt!

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    Katie B.
    October 14, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Beautiful, Amy! I love the border.

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    October 14, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Thumbs up!! : )

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    Q @ JAQS
    October 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    What a great looking quilt. I especially like the way the frame/shash goes with the middle. Nice job!

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    October 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Gorgeous! I want to say more but all I keep thinking is &quot;gorgeous!&quot;.

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    October 14, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    i just love FG fabrics and your HGlass quilt is simply awesome!

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    October 15, 2010 at 1:31 am

    What a shame you can&#39;t keep this one it would be great for Christmas.

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    October 15, 2010 at 1:52 am

    What a beautiful Quilt well done<br />Hugs Janice

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    October 15, 2010 at 2:24 am

    I&#39;m a sucker for red and white and this quilt is a beautiful presentation of it! A lovely collaborative effort.

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    October 15, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Beautiful piece of work, so eye catching!

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    Lori Holt
    October 15, 2010 at 9:30 am

    it&#39;s so gorgeous amy! i love the classic red and white….it can be used for every season and holiday!<br />xx<br />lori

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    October 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I used this same fabric for a queen size quilt for my bedroom! I plan to shoe it soon on my blog!! I seriously LOVE this fabric….so gorgeous!!

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    October 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Love the quilt! Beautiful work!

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    Aunt Spicy
    October 16, 2010 at 1:30 pm


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    October 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful! I love the red and white…..so pretty! I am new to amylouwho&#39;s site and her &quot;Sew &amp; Tell Fridays&quot; and I&#39;m so glad that I found her site and your&#39;s as well! 🙂

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    October 17, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Just beautiful! How lovely to be able to play with those gorgeous fabrics.

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    Belgin Pancar AKÇAY
    October 17, 2010 at 9:27 am


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    October 17, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Nice way to show off the line! Beautiful!

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    Nanette Merrill and daughters
    October 18, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Well I love the hour glass block but I also love the red and neutral together. Spectacular.

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    Summer :)
    October 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I just LOVE this quilt! 🙂 I love it! I love it! 🙂 I might just have to get it, er.. make one of my own. I love the French General Material…doesn&#39;t it just invite cuddling and snuggling!? 🙂

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    Ali Martinez
    July 25, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    I too have a fondness for red, white and blue quilts. I like to read your blog p o s t s. I find it refreshing that you are honest about balancing family and things in your sewing room. I enjoy spending time with my adult kids and husband whenever I can. Last winter I started your Patchwork Forest quilt. Blessings to you, Amy!

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      July 26, 2021 at 8:58 am

      aww, thank you Ali. That’s so kind. Enjoy making that Patchwork Forest!

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