Monday, February 1, 2021

Hive 4 February Tutorial - HST Block For Rochelle

Hive 4 February Tutorial - HST Block For Rochelle

I can't believe this is my fifth year participating in Stash Bee!  I have to admit, not one of my stash bee quilts have been completed. I have two tops awaiting quilting and two that are still works in progress.  After much thought, I have decided to *try* and finish some outstanding projects in 2021 (isn't that always how the year starts out 😄)! Last year I asked for a fairly simple and modern black and white HST block.  I have made a few more blocks on my own but I still need quite a few more if I'm going to complete a king size quilt 😳

Last year I came across Steph Jacboson Designs and her Modern HST BOM(s). After looking through all the wonderful designs, I really liked the January 2019 design, which can be found here:

I'm looking for black and white only.  You can use solids, tone on tone and/or small modern prints that still read white or black (please no large prints, no batiks, no cutesy novelty prints). If you use solids, use both a black and a white solid, if you use prints, use both a black and a white print - I'd like to alternate solid blocks with printed blocks in the final layout (if you have any doubts on your fabrics just go ahead an use solids, those solid blocks will be just as helpful since I have to make quite a few for a king).

Here are a few things I pulled from my stash:

You will need:

8 - 5" black squares
8 - 5" white squares

You'll make a total of 16 HSTs, trimming to 4 1/2" (unfinished).  I love my Quilters Magic Wand for marking HST lines 😊

Most HST cheat sheets say to use 4 7/8" for a 4 1/2" unfinished block but I like the warm and fuzzy feeling of using a larger size and then trimming down. Using the 5" square I did not have much trimming to do.

I don't think I need to go through the HST making process but if you do need help, Bloom Heart Quilts has a great tutorial and several HST methods. I chose to make my HSTs the old fashioned way (2 at a time),  if you like to make 4 or 8 at a time - feel free to use your preferred method.  Please iron all seams open throughout, this will make my life much easier when I am quilting 😉

Here is the layout for your HSTs, I had to keep going back to my photo to make sure the layout was correct.

 I sewed the first two and last two blocks of each row together.

Then completed each row.

With all the rows complete, I attached with the top two rows and bottom two rows (sorry no photo here but I think you get it).

And finally sew the last center seam and you're done! Your block should measure 16 1/2" (unfinished).  A nice big, simple block! Please let me know if you have any questions.

💗 Rochelle

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