Tried the hourglass block today. Have planned a double quilt with it so wanted to make sure I was getting the measurements right. I need a 9'' finished block... so am still wondering if I should cut 9.5" or 9.75"... I cut 9.5 and ended up with a 8.75" finished block so I guess I'll have to cut 9.75" and see. Great tutorial over at the Missouri Star Quilt Company.