May Block of the Month


Hashtag Block
by Lisa Ruble

I designed the Hashtag quilt using the Painter’s Palette Solids from Paintbrush Studio Fabrics. You can find the full free quilt pattern HERE.

Here are the instructions to make one hashtag block. You’ll need white and gray for the background, as well as four different scrap pieces in the same color family—a dark, a medium, a medium-light, and a light value. I made the first sample block using solids (my favorites…shades of teal!), and then sewed a pink block using prints instead. You can see the original Hashtag quilt on my blog, HERE

Pictures courtesy of Lisa R
Happy sewing! 

From each dark (D), medium (M), medium-light (ML) and light (L) fabric, cut: 
One 2-1/2” x 4” pieces
One 2-1/2” x 3-1/2” piece
One 2-1/2” x 2” piece

From White: 
Two 2“ x 3-1/2” pieces 
Four 2” squares
One 1-1/2” x 12-1/2” piece
Two 1-1/2“ x 5-1/2” pieces

From Gray: 
Two 2“ x 3-1/2” pieces 
Four 2” squares
One 1-1/2” x 12-1/2” piece
Two 1-1/2“ x 5-1/2” pieces

Making the Block:
Note:Press all seams away from the gray and white pieces.
1. Sew one 2” gray square to one 2” x 2-1/2” L piece. Sew one 2-1/2” x 4” D piece to the bottom. In the same way, make one additional gray square unit, and two additional white square units, noting color placement. 


2. Sew one 2” x 3-1/2” gray piece to one 2-1/2” x 3-1/2” D piece. Sew one 2” x 3-1/2” white piece to one 2-1/2” x 3-1/2” ML piece.  
 
3. Sew one 2” x 3-1/2” gray piece to one 2“ x 3-1/2” white piece.
4. Sew one 2” white square to one 2” gray square. Make two. Sew one gray/white unit to one 2-1/2” x 3-1/2” L piece. Sew one gray/white unit to one 2-1/2” x 3-1/2” M piece.
 
5. Lay out the units from steps 1-4 into three rows of three units each. Join the units into rows and then join the rows to make the hashtag unit.


6. Sew one 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” white piece short ends together with one 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” gray piece. Make two. Sew to opposite sides of the hashtag unit, aligning the colors as shown. Sew one 1-1/2” x 12-1/2” gray piece to the top and one 1-1/2” x 12-1/2” white piece to the bottom to complete the 12-1/2” square block. 









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