February 1, 2021

2021 Modern HST BOM {February!}

2021 is cruising right along, and it's time for the third block in the Modern HST BOM! If you're just now joining the fun, there's still plenty of time to catch up. You can find the January block here and the first bonus block here. The February block was designed by Zina:

Like the previous blocks, you will want make your small HST 4 patch first. (Remember, 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 February block's small HST 4 patch, arrange your small HSTs as shown in the diagram below:

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

My preferred method of sewing my blocks together is to first sew the HSTs into rows, press the seams open, then pin and sew the rows together. I know many quilters choose to press their seams to one side, but I find pressing the seams open helps achieve precise points on those HSTs. Zina posted a great explanation on Instagram.

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 used some gorgeous red and yellow African fabrics paired with white (and a hint of black!) background for her February block. 

For my February block, I used a mix of prints and colors along with Kona Snow for my background. I've decided to just go for it with the African fabrics Miriam sent me. I have a huge range of colors and prints, so I'm going to use them all!

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.

Happy sewing!


  1. I love the clean lines and the geometric design of this pattern.

    1. Thank you! I hope you are enjoying this Block-of-the-Month!