Welcome back to the Modern HST Sampler quilt along! 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 then conquered 3″ finished HSTs (3.5″ unfinished), before working with the 4″ and 2″ finished HSTs. This time, we’re back to making 3″ finished HSTs, but also adding in half-sized ones too that finish at 1.5″ (2″ unfinished)! 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 – but now we’re getting smaller again.
Confetti is number 20, and is a good block to use up any spare 3.5″ (unfinished) HSTs you might have lying around. Or if you’ve got larger ones, trim them down to 3.5″! Otherwise, there is one more block that you might like to use up spare HSTs in later on.
Fabrics used from the Modern HST Sampler Kit: Kona Oyster
Blueberry Park Melon Clothesline, Essentials Pink Illusion, Blueberry Park Fog Dotty Sunflowers, Squared Elements Cielo
Rhoda Ruth Nature Flower Toss, Anna Elise Cold Geo Mist, Cotton + Steel Basics Turquoise Sprinkles, Anna Elise Frost Geo Mist,
Print 1 (four dark colours), from each cut:
1 – 4″ x 4″ square
1 – 2.5″ x 2.5″ square
Print 2 (four light colours), from each cut:
1 – 2.5″ x 2.5″ square
4 – 4″ x 4″ squares
8 – 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares
16 – 2″ x 3.5″ rectangles
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 4″ Print 1 square with a 4″ background square and make 2 HSTs. Open the HSTs and press the seam towards the print or darker fabric colour. Trim to 3.5″ and set aside one from each colour.
Step 2. Pair each 2.5″ Print 1 square with a 2.5″ background square and make 2 HSTs. Open the HSTs and press the seam towards the print or darker fabric colour. Trim to 2″.
Step 3. Pair each Print 2 square with a 2.5″ background square and make 2 HSTs. Open the HSTs and press the seam towards the print or darker fabric colour. Trim to 2″.
Step 4. Arrange the HSTs and the background rectangles to create the Confetti block layout. Sew the four centre 2″ HSTs together, pressing seams open.
Step 5. Sew a background rectangle to a 3.5″ HST, and a rectangle to a dark 2″ HST. Press seams toward the rectangles. Sew the units together and press seams open. Repeat for each 3.5″ HST.
Step 6. Sew two light 2″ HSTs together, pressing seams open. Sew a background rectangle to each side of the unit and press seams towards the rectangles. Make 4.
Step 7. Sew the units together to form rows, pressing seams in alternating directions for each row in order to nest seams and reduce bulk. Sew the rows together, pressing the seams open.
Step 8. 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.
Quarter 3 Linky
As October has five Mondays, next week will be the linky for quarter 3. That means it’s time to get blocks 13-18 all finished up this week, ready to share next week, because there’s some great prizes on offer for those who have done so!
I hope you have fun making Confetti! 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. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments.