January 20, 2021

2021 Modern HST BOM {Bonus Block #1}

So we're only 20 days in 2021, but it's already time for the first bonus block!

There are 4 optional bonus blocks for this year's HST BOM. If you choose to make the bonus blocks, you will end up with a total of 16 quilt blocks, and the bonus blocks can be added as an additional row on your quilt. I'm planning on adding my row of bonus blocks to the bottom of my quilt top.

For each quilt block, make your small HST 4 patch first. Remember that the finished size of your small HSTs will be half the finished size of your other HSTs. For example, my HST blocks are 4" finished (4-1/2" unfinished) so all of my small HSTs will be 2" finished (2-1/2" unfinished). To make the bonus block's small HST 4 patch, arrange your small HSTs as shown in the diagram below:

To assemble your January block, arrange your HSTs and the HST 4 patch as shown below.

In 2021, Zina and I are teaming up with Miriam of Quilt Africa Fabrics. Miriam generously provided me and Zina with some beautiful African fabrics for our 2021 quilts. She has also curated some beautiful color-coordinated mystery fat quarter bundles that are perfect for this year's BOM. They are available for purchase in her shop!

Zina is using some gorgeous red and yellow African fabrics paired with a white (and a hint of black!) background for her quilt blocks this year. 

If you are on Instagram, please share pictures of your completed blocks! Use the hashtag #modernhstbom2021 so we can find you. You can also tag me (@stephjacobsondesigns), Zina (@zanymouse) and Miriam (@quiltafricafabrics). If you're on Facebook, you can post pictures of your blocks on my Facebook page.

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