Hey crafter! My name is Hope Yoder and I am a fabric designer for Blank Quilting Corp. My latest collection is called “SOHO SUSHI“. Isn’t she gorgeous? The collection consists of eight different prints that are bright and chic. I love the wasabi dots! I am working on a table topper using this collection and wanted to share some tips with you. Well, it’s more than a few tips. It’s a free quilt pattern along with my favorite method to make half-square-triangle (HST).


Soho Sushi Fat Quarter Bundle

Quilting Pencils (Ticonderoga)

1/4″ foot and 1/4″ with guide foot

Quilters Select 8″ square ruler or larger

Quilters Select Mat and Rotary Cutter

Wooden Clapper & Faultless Premium Starch (get the one with the gold cap)


The complete directions are found on our YouTube Channel using this LINK. Here are the cliff notes and important points I show in the video for the method I use to make my HST blocks.

  1. Spray the fas quarters with a LOT of starch. Let them soak up the starch for 15 minutes then iron them dry.
  2. Sub-cut each FQ into (2) 9″x22″ pieces. Pair up two strips and stack one strips on top of the other with RST. Cut the two strips into 9″ squares and add a pin in each block.
  3. Use the quilting pencils to draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Then draw a line on the left and right, spacing them 1/4″ away from the center line.
  4. Sew down the left and the right line. Cut on the middle line. Audition your quilt blocks to design you quilt top.
  5. Don’t press the seams with an iron until you have your rows arranged. Press the seams so they will nestle going the opposite directions when you sew the squares together. Watch the video to see all the scenarios on how to press. Now, I don’t press the seams until I have them all up on my quilt wall.
  6. Press the seams as stated in step 5. Then follow the video to square up your square to equal 8″ using the 45 degree angle on the square ruler.
  7. Put your blocks back up on your quilt wall and piece them together. Piece, press, use the clapper… until all your rows are sewn together.
  8. My last step is to use the clapper to flatten all seams as shown in the video.

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