Good morning! Here are the first four blocks for this week. I'm seeing a few pop up on social media - yay! Please be sure to tag me @mommysew on Instagram and facebook so I can see them, and feel free to use #modernhstqal so we can all see each other's!
Good morning! Well this post sure didn't get up like I planned on Sunday (or even Monday!). This time of year is crazy busy for our family, and I just had to sacrifice something so I could sleep! At any rate - here we go!
I thought you might like to see my original sketches for the blocks - if you've read back, you'll recall that I didn't create these (of course!), but I put them all down in my quilt sketchbook so I could have them all in one place.
So here are the blocks. Now, these are pretty easy to lay out and assemble. As there are SO many blocks, I decided against row by row pictures for this round, and I laid out the entire block for you in half-square triangles. After each laid-out picture, I'll include the finished block photo so you can double check your finished block to see what it looks like. I hope this is helpful! Please let me know if you have any questions as you're working through them!
You can make HSTs in any way you want. You will need 1/4 yard of the colors you choose (if you make the interior star in different colors you will need less.) this makes a 16" finished block. You could get a larger or smaller clock by changing yet size of your squares and HSTs.
Cut: 16 2.5" squares of your background fabric
16 3" squares of your background fabric.
12 3" squares of color A (dark pink in my example)
12 3" squares of color B (dark yellow in my example)
4 3" squares of color C (light pink)
4 3" squares of color D (light yellow)
Make the following HST combinations:
Use 2 squares of color D/background (Makes 4 total squares)
Use 2 squares of color C/background (Makes 4 total squares)
Use 2 squares of color D/color C (Makes 4 total squares)
Use 6 squares of color B/background (Makes 12 total squares)
Use 6 squares of color A/background (Makes 12 total squares)
Use 6 squares of color A/color B (Makes 12 total squares)
Press and trim your HSTs to 2.5" and lay them out in these rows:
Press your rows and sew together. You may find it helps reduce the bulk to press your seams open, both on the back of the HSTs and in the rows and columns.
My guild, the Fort Worth Modern Quilt Guild is doing a block of the month challenge. The board members (myself included) are each choosing a block for the month and presenting it to the members. So far we have made these blocks:
This winter I saw that Elizabeth at Don't Call me Betsy was doing a paper pieced block of the month club. And it was stars - I love stars in quilts and had been wanting to do more paper piecing. I signed up and then dithered over fabric choices for two months! I was trying to decide if I wanted all of the stars to have the same color theme, or to be unique. I did finally decide that I wanted to use text prints for the background of the stars, and then decided to follow her suggested colors for the stars. I did make my own choices for the March block and I really like the way that one turned out.
Now I have to figure out how to store these and the BOM my guild is doing. I don't have a design wall (or space for one) so I need a storage solution that won't result in mangled blocks by year's end. Any suggestions?