Welcome back to the second quarter of the Modern HST Sampler! If this is the first time you’re reading this, fear not, you can join in at anytime. Start with this one or go back to the beginning, it’s up to you. This year, we’re making 24 modern half-square triangle 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
- The rest of the blocks!
This quilt along has been structured so that you slowly ease your way into half-square triangles. We started off with 4″ finished HSTs (4.5″ unfinished), and now we’re tackling 3″ finished HSTs (3.5″ unfinished) for this quarter. We’re still using the same methods of making the half-square triangles – 2 at a time, 4 at a time, and 8 at a time – it’s just that this time the HSTs are a little smaller at 3″ finished (3.5″ unfinished). This week’s block looks a little full on, but you’ll soon realise it’s actually quite simple.
Fabrics used from the Modern HST Sampler Kit:
Blueberry Park Melon Clothesline, Essentials Pink Illusion,
Rhoda Ruth Nature Flower Toss, Anna Elise Cold Geo Mist,
Blueberry Park Ultra Marine Sprouting Row Yardage, Blueberry Park Aqua Rough Patch,
Blueberry Park Navy Strand, Squared Elements Cielo, Kona Oyster
I went for 4 colours, with a lighter and darker print for each colour, however feel free to make it your own with your fabric choices. Maybe you’ll go completely scrappy, or just 1 colour, or two, or eight!
8 – 4″ x 4″ squares (1 per print)
8 – 4″ x 4″ squares
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. Pair each print with a background square and make two HSTs. Open the HSTs and press the seam towards the print fabric. Trim to 3.5” square.
Step 2. Sew the HSTs together to form rows, pressing seams in each row in alternate directions in order to nest seams and reduce bulk. Sew the rows together, pressing the seams open.
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 how you interpret this block! Will you go for one colour, or 4, or 8?! 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.