Welcome to the Modern HST Sampler! This year, we will be making 24 modern HST quilt blocks, and by the end of the year, you will not only have a beautiful sampler quilt, but you will have some well-honed HST making skills. If you need more information, you can find out more about:
- The QAL and fabric requirements
- Required and recommended tools
- Tips for HST accuracy
- Frequently Asked Questions
This quilt along is structured so that you will slowly ease your way into half-square triangles. We’re starting off with 4″ finished HSTs (4.5″ unfinished) – they’re nice and big, and are used in nine-patch blocks to make a 12″ finished block (12.5″ unfinished). This means few seams, and thus keeping your HST points is much easier.
The quilt along is also structured to ingrain this info into your head. The first three block tutorials will cover the three ways of making HSTs we will be using for the year – the traditional 2 at a time, the alternative 4 at a time, and the magic 8 at a time. After that, we will tell you what squares to use together and how many HSTs to make from them. Don’t worry, I will link back to the relevant tutorial! But you know what they say, give a man a quilt and he’ll be warm for a while, teach him how to quilt and he’ll be warm for a lifetime… or something like that, anyway. And with that, let’s get into it!
Traditionally know as the Shoo Fly block, I called my version Candy, because using the two different fabrics makes the block look like wrapped candy! I’m thinking some kind of chewy grape thing, but that’s just because I always go for the purple in the bag of mixed lollies.
Fabric A (dark yellow)
1 – 4.5″ x 4.5″ square
1 – 5″ x 5″ square
Fabric B (light yellow)
1 – 5″ x 5″ square
4 – 4.5″ x 4.5″ square
2 – 5″ x 5″ square
Block should measure 12.5” x 12.5”. Use a 1/4″ seam and press seams toward the darker print, or as directed.
Step 1. Place the 5″ fabric A square right sides together with a 5″ background square. (1) Draw a line diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner. (2) Sew 1/4″ from either side of the line; backstitch at each end to secure your seams. (3) Cut along the drawn line, open the fabric pieces and press the seam toward the print. (4) Trim to 4.5″ square.
Repeat for the 5″ Fabric B and remaining Background square.
Step 2. Arrange the HST units from step 1 and the remaining Fabric A and background pieces to form the block. Sew the rows together, pressing the seams in alternate direction – press row 1 one way, press row 2 the opposite way, press row 3 the same way as row 1.
Step 3. Press the block, and trim to 12.5” square if necessary, keeping 1/4″ between the outer HST points and the edge of the block.
I can’t wait to see your first blocks! You can share them on Instagram using #modernHSTsampler (and feel free to tag me too – @blossomheartquilts!), or in the Blossom Heart Quilts group on Facebook, or even link them up to Sew Cute Tuesday. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments.