Hashtag is the New Plaid Block {The Honey Pot Bee}

Honey Pot Bee

Hello and welcome to Quilting Jetgirl! My name is Yvonne Fuchs and I’ll be one of your Queens for December in The Honey Pot Bee. I was thrilled when Molli Sparkles‘ shared his vision for the bee with me, and I am really excited to share my block design with you.

I grew up in the 80s and 90s, and I wore a lot of plaid in middle and high school. When I started dating my husband, he wore this one plaid shirt really often… and just a few weeks ago, after the plaid shirt hung in our closet for over 14 years, it was finally time to admit it was too torn up and worn to keep using or even pass on.

(Side note: in case you were wondering where Jetgirl *really* originated, I think you can get a true sense of it here. My husband started designing, building, and testing jet engines as a teenager and quickly earned the moniker “Jetman” as a result.)

When I was thinking about how trends change (plaid was a huge fashion staple in the 90s), I started to think about how the pound sign has been renamed “hashtag” and how much a “hashtag” is used these days. Then I started realizing that a hashtag and plaid really have a lot in common, and the inspiration for this block design was created!

Coloring Block and Diagram
Coloring Block and Diagram

Hashtag is the New Plaid finishes at 12-inches square and uses 5 different fabrics. Fabric A can be thought of as the background fabric, and I have included a coloring block and diagram (above) for reference.

Fabric Required

Fabric A
(4) 3 ½” squares
(4) 2 ½” x 3 ½” rectangles
(1) 2 ½” square

Fabric B
(4) 2 ½” x 3 ½” rectangles
(1) 3 ½” square

Fabric C
(4) 2 ½” x 3 ½” rectangles
(1) 3 ½” square

Fabric D
(2) 2 ½” squares
(1) 3 ½” square

Fabric E
(2) 2 ½” squares
(1) 3 ½” square

General Instructions

Unless otherwise indicated, sew seams with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance.

Piecing Instructions

Half-Square Triangles (HSTs)
Half-Square Triangles (HSTs)

Half-Square Triangles (HSTs): Two at a Time Method

  1. Place two squares right sides together.
  2. Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the lighter fabric.
  3. Sew a ¼ʺ seam allowance on either side of the marked diagonal line. Press to set seams.
  4. Cut along the marked diagonal line to form (2) HSTs. Press seams as indicated in the instructions below.

Step 1
Make (2) C/E HSTs using 1 Fabric C 3 ½” square and 1 Fabric E 3 ½” square. Press seam toward Fabric C. Do not trim.

Step 2
Make (2) B/D HSTs using 1 Fabric B 3 ½” square and 1 Fabric D 3 ½” square. Press seam toward Fabric D. Do not trim.

Quarter-Square Triangles (QSTs)
Quarter-Square Triangles (QSTs)

Quarter-Square Triangles (QSTs)

  1. Place two untrimmed HSTs right sides together, nesting pressed seams. Note that Fabrics B and C should be right sides together and Fabrics D and E should be right sides together with the seams nested if you pressed according to the HST directions above.
  2. Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of one HST, perpendicular to the seam line.
  3. Sew a 1/4ʺ seam allowance on either side of the marked diagonal line.
  4. Cut along the marked diagonal line to form (2) hourglass blocks. Press seams open.

Step 3
Make 4 B/C/D/E QSTs using the 1 untrimmed C/E HST from Step 1 and 1 untrimmed B/D HST from Step 2. Trim the B/C/D/E QSTs to 2 ½” square.

Block Assembly

Hashtag is the New Plaid Block Assembly Diagram
Hashtag is the New Plaid Block Assembly Diagram

Arrange the remaining cut fabric pieces and B/C/D/E QSTs as indicated in the Block Assembly Diagram. Sew the blocks in to rows, pressing seams open. Sew the rows together to complete the block, pressing seams open. The finished block should measure 12 ½” square.

Hashtag is the New Plaid
Hashtag is the New Plaid

I hope you enjoy putting together your Hashtag is the New Plaid block as I did!

Hashtag is the New Plaid - Sample Quilt Top
Hashtag is the New Plaid – Sample Quilt Top

I had fun exploring how a quilt top might come together with alternating the position of the colors in the block.

Please tag me, @quiltingjetgirl, and use #HashtagIsTheNewPlaid when sharing your block on social media, because I am looking forward to seeing what you create!

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