November 1, 2021

Modern HST BOM 2021 {November!}

It is November, and we are down to the last 2 blocks! The November block was designed by me.

For all of the quilt 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 October block's small HST 4 patch, arrange your small HSTs as shown in the diagram below:

To assemble the November block, arrange 7 HSTs, 4 focus squares, and the 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!

I really wanted to submit my completed quilt to QuiltCon 2022, and since the deadline this year was 10/31, I worked ahead. I'm happy to say my quilt is done and submitted! Now to wait until the emails go out mid-December to find out if it is accepted in the show. I can't share the entire quilt until the last block is released in December, but here is a sneak peek of the detail picture I submitted with my application.

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!

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