First, a potholder inspired by hashtags, but really more of a tic-tac-toe board since it's not slanted. The sashing is watermelon fabric. (I cannot explain why I combined chopsticks and watermelon; I think those two fabrics were on top of my scrap pile.) The cornerstones are a white-on-black polka dot. The blocks celebrate chopsticks, except...
...the lower left corner, which celebrates Western cutlery. This is just a simple piecing project - cut nine 4" squares, 12 pieces of 4" x 1" sashing, and four 1" x 1" cornerstones - sew it all together, it's fast!
Next, a slash'n'stitch project that puts the hashtag at more of an angle. I started with a solid 8 1/2" square. Plus, two strips about 9" long by 1 1/2" wide.
Throughout the process, I ironed all my seam allowances inward (but you don't have to). I like that it gives the hashtag a sense of being in front.
You'll see what I finally chose in a future installment.
UPDATE: Vermont art quilter extraordinaire Carol McDowell read this blog post, and within a couple of hours, she made her own hashtag quilt block, using this method:
Carol is a social media maven, and proposed we post our hashtag blocks on social media with the hashtag "#hashtagquiltblocks." I'm all in on that! I added that hashtag to my Instagram photos. Also see Carol's beautiful blog at https://quiltedfabricart.blogspot.com/.
Below, another slash and sew project. Instead of insetting straight strips, it involved insetting wedges. Start with a rectangle or square - this was a 9" square of mixed nuts fabric. Slash as desired.
I put this piece on a double layer of batting, plus a backing, and a rat tail loop on the upper left corner. Result: a fun, wonky, potholder.
I shall call it #ChexMix (no financial affiliation.)
Finally, a completely different approach to hashtag construction. It involves foundation piecing with fabric. Start with nine squares or rectangles. I cut these rectangles 2 1/2" wide x 3" high.
I'm not yet sure how I'm going to embellish the front. There are probably a zillion other ways to make hashtags - I'd love to see what you've done with them! Post them on social media with the hashtag: #hashtagquiltblocks.