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 smaller again.
Bejewelled plays with big half-square triangles, small ones, and squares too. Have some fun with what colours you choose to use, and where you put them!
Fabrics used from the Modern HST Sampler Kit: Kona Oyster
Blueberry Park Navy Strand, Blueberry Park Fog Dotty Sunflowers, Rhoda Ruth Petal Southwest Key, Blueberry Park Melon Clothesline
Blueberry Park Aqua Rough Patch, Blueberry Park Ultra Marine Sprouting Row Yardage, Blueberry Park Yarrow Rough Patch, Anna Elise Cold Geo Mist
Prints 1 (four darks), from each cut:
2 – 2″ x 2″ squares
1 – 4″ x 4″ square
Prints 2 (four lights), from each cut:
1 – 3″ x 3″ square
16 – 2″ x 2″ squares
4 – 3″ x 3″ squares
4 – 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 a Print 1 and a 4″ background square. Make 2 HSTs and press the seams towards the dark print. Trim to 3.5″ square. Repeat for each print.
Step 2. Pair a Print 2 and the 3″ background square. Make 2 HSTs and press the seams towards the print. Trim to 2″ square. Repeat for each print.
Step 3. Take the 2″ background squares, 2″ print 1 squares, and the 2″ HSTs. Following the diagram below, make two for each colour for a total of 8 units.
Step 4. Arrange the large HSTs and the units from Step 3 to create the Bejewelled quilt block. Piece the rows together, pressing seams in alternate directions.
Step 5. Sew the block together, pressing seams open.
I hope you have fun making Bejewelled! 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.