Stacked HSTs Block Tutorial

Hello! And welcome to #QuiltNon2016 – for those of us who are not able to go to QuiltCon in sunny Southern California, we are getting together and making the best of things! Julie from The Intrepid Thread has pulled together some awesome bloggers and shops for this fun event! I have a quick 6″ finished block tutorial for you. This block would make a great pillow sewn with 4 of them and a nice border. I’m 100% certain that I’m not the first to come up with this block but I since I have no idea what it was originally named I’m going with “Stacked HSTs”.

Stacked HSTs Tutorial - http://staging.sewbittersweetdesigns.coFor this block you need:

12 squares – 2″ x 2″

4 rectangles – 1.5″ x 4.5″
4 rectangles – 1.5″ x 2.5″

Make 12 HSTs:

Stacked HSTs Tutorial - http://staging.sewbittersweetdesigns.coPair up your fabrics and draw a diagonal line across your fabrics:

Stacked HSTs Tutorial - http://staging.sewbittersweetdesigns.coSew 1/4″ from either side of the line.

Stacked HSTs Tutorial - http://staging.sewbittersweetdesigns.coCut them apart on the drawn line, then press open and trim to 1.5″ x 1.5″

Stacked HSTs Tutorial - http://staging.sewbittersweetdesigns.coStacked HSTs Tutorial - http://staging.sewbittersweetdesigns.coLayout the block as pictured below:

Stacked HSTs Tutorial - http://staging.sewbittersweetdesigns.coPiece the center first:

Stacked HSTs Tutorial - http://staging.sewbittersweetdesigns.coNext piece the first two white rectangles:

Stacked HSTs Tutorial - http://staging.sewbittersweetdesigns.coThen piece the middle HSTs to either side of the two remaining 1.5″ x 2.5″ rectangles:

Stacked HSTs Tutorial - http://staging.sewbittersweetdesigns.coPiece these to the center block, making a 4.5″ x 4.5″ square:

Stacked HSTs Tutorial - http://staging.sewbittersweetdesigns.coPiece the middle section rectangles next:

Stacked HSTs Tutorial - http://staging.sewbittersweetdesigns.coPiece the 4 remaining HSTs to the 2 remaining rectangles as pictured below:

Stacked HSTs Tutorial - http://staging.sewbittersweetdesigns.coPiece the top and bottom sections on and your block is complete!

Stacked HSTs Tutorial - http://staging.sewbittersweetdesigns.coI hope you enjoyed this quickie block tutorial, using some super time pieces, but hey, precision piecing can be very rewarding! If you want to jazz this block up a little try some low volume prints in place of the white and go with high contrast for your HSTs.

Make sure to check out all of block tutorials, if you make all six you will be eligible to win a fabulous fabric prize!  Be sure to visit Julie’s blog for full details!

Happy Quilt-Non 2016!

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7 Responses to Stacked HSTs Block Tutorial

  1. Heather says:

    You are rocking #QuiltNon2016. Thanks for the tutorial, Melissa.

  2. Erin says:

    Hmmm…something new to do with all bonus HSTs…thanks for the tute!

  3. Sounds like a fun way to pass the weekend.

  4. Susan says:

    Thanks for a great block idea, Melissa! What a fun idea. You should plan to come to the one in Savannah in 2016. I’m going to go, and we could share a room. =) You wouldn’t have to hang out with me all the time. I’m very independent, so you could meet all your friends! (But you’d be welcome to hang out with me when you wanted to!) Start saving now, and let’s do it!

  5. rosa says:

    So beautiful.Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. Vicki in MN says:

    That is a neat block, can’t say I have seen it before.

  7. Jo Ferguson says:

    Love the block. Now I have another new technique to try. Thank you!!

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