50 State Quilt
Here are links to our state blocks:
The following state patterns are Paper Pieced. As you print EACH page, it is important that you double check that the scale is correct. Each page has both a one inch square and also a longer measured edge that you can use to check for the correct scale.
Printers might try to rescale these pages to either fill a page or else shrink it so it will all print. If you are printing from a PC, on your print page, be sure Fit to Page, if available, is not selected.
For help with these pages contact either Beverly Clement or Mary Harrigan.
New paper pieced blocks
Other State Blocks
New Blocks for May
Bev will do 5 block demos at the first meeting each month starting in August, so blocks will be completed in 10 months. Those of you who are away or have to miss a meeting - don't worry - the instructions will be posted in emails or on our website! Most of the designs are from Quilters Cache and are copyrighted, so we will be sending you links to the correct blocks on that site. We can out hand copies at our meetings but according to their copyright, we cannot email or otherwise distribute them outside the meeting, hence the links, which are legal. All blocks will be 9 inches finished, so we will have to post correcftions where necessary.
If you are going to do the state blocks, start collecting your fabrics. According to the book I have, you need over 14 1/2 yards of fabric plus 7 FQ for setting triangles in assorted reds, which I think is silly for a 77 1/2 x 90 1/2 inch quilt, which is about 5 square yards. So to start with, I'm going to get 1/2 yds each of 5 - 6 blues, reds, beiges and some golds, plus extra squares of reds for the setting triangles, and a tan and a blue for the borders and binding (listed below). Since it's so scrappy, running out of one of the fabrics will not be a problem, because you can always fill in with another, one or even a totally different fabric.
To use all 50 blocks, the quilt is set on point. All blocks will be 9 inches square finished (or 9 1/2 inches before sewing them together). The setting triangles are several reds. We're going to show you an easy way to calculate the squares you need for setting triangles on any quilt.
Border and Binding
Scraps can be used for the border which is 322 1 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch rectangles sewn together for a piano key border. Can be longer if you wish a wider border which will make your quilt a bit larger, so keep that in mind for your binding. The book also shows a 1 inch inner border of beige/gold (cut size 1 1/2) and a 1 3/4 inch middle border of navy (cut size 2 1/4 in). For these and your binding, you will need -
2 strips of gold or beige - 1 1/2 x 80 inch
2 strips of gold or beige - 1 1/2 x 70 inch
2 strips navy - 2 1/4 x 83 inch
2 strips navy - 2 1/4 x 73 inch
binding - navy - 2 1/4 x 9 1/2 yds (about 340 inches)
You should cut these and your binding first. To make sure you can identify them, seal them in a ziplock baggie so you don't use them for something else, and find later you have no borders or binding!