Welcome to the 8th block in our Any Way You Want It – A 50 State Quilt Block Journey. We are introducing the South Dakota block! To see our other State blocks (click here – State Quilt Block Journey)
In 1912 Hearth and Home solicited quilters to submit a quilt block that they thought represented their State, and they then published them and I am recreating these blocks for us to make!
The South Dakota State block is a skill builder block within itself. It is only comprised of triangles and squares, but they are all jam packed into one block with some pinwheels, and a square set on point in the middle. This is a four color block and contrasting colors are striking inside this block. I used the colors of the South Dakota State Flower the American Pasque as inspiration for my colors.
Below I will show you how to put this block together and I have created a video tutorial for this block also. I would suggest watching the video because there really is a lot going on in this block. It is put together in several sections, with some of the sections having skant 1/4″ seams, a section of pinwheels, and center block and 4 corners.
Go grab the templates for this block below and let’s get started! The pattern includes cutting the templates and instructions on cutting the strips for your templates.
To Begin With
As I stated above I have created a detailed video on the order of putting all the seams together, how to iron them so you get seams that will nest and how to put it all together to get the finished block!
This is a four color block. I would suggest using complimentary but contrasting colors for this block. You can even play with how the colors are laid out to make the block appealing to you! I tried to match colors of the South Dakota State Flower, the American Pasque as much as I could with my Batik Fat Quarter Stash.
Tips for this block before we start
- 1/4 seam″. A quarter inch sewing foot works great for this! We noted, the corner half triangles and the pinwheels will be a skant 1/4″ seam.
- Cut your strips with the grain of the fabric. This will help prevent stretching the fabrics when sewing. We want the fabrics to keep their shape.
- I have provided a block legend that you can use to color in your pieces so you can have an idea of how your colors will look in the block. It helps when figuring out which templates to use for each color.
- Use the cutting instructions and replace your colors so you know which pieces to cut from each color.
- You don’t “need” to use the templates to cut the pieces for this block, the rotary cutting instructions will show you how to cut the triangles.
- Cut your pieces by the color of the fabric.
Step 1 -Choose Your Fabrics and Cut your Templates
The templates that you have downloaded tell you how wide to cut strips for each template. It also tells you many of the template are needed in the block. This is where you will need to figure out how many you will need for your colors. If you colored the legend it will help you count how much of each color for a certain template you will need.
Take your fabric and square it up with the grain and cut your strips to the width needed according the pattern. The number of strips will depend on the width of your fabric.
Cut your templates from the fabrics, keep the template with each of your fabrics so that you know which one you are working with.
Step 2 – Lay out your pieces for the block
Lay all your pieces out just like it will be in the block. This will be very handy when putting your pieces together to cut and knowing which side of the piece you will be sewing. Also, so you can make sure you have the right colors in the right place before sewing!
As you sew, put your pieces back in your layout so that you can see how it will all go together. This helps keep you in check on which side to sew the color strips on. The legend is very helpful in laying your pieces out in the right order, so does looking at the picture of the block also!
Step 3 – Assemble the Pinwheels and Corner Half Triangles
We are going to start with the corner half triangle blocks and the Pinwheels. We will use a skant 1/4″ seam allowance for all our seams on these parts of the blocks.
Start with the corner blocks and line up the long edges and rounded corners that you cut and sew a skant 1/4″ seam along that edge. Iron the seam towards the dark fabric. Do this on all four corner blocks.
Now that the Corner units are done, lets put together the pinwheels. Put together a purple and yellow triangle along the long edge with rounded corners matching. You will have 16 of theses! Sew at a skant 1/4″ seam and iron towards the dark color.
Next we will lay out four of our pieces in a pinwheel again, and then we will sew two together at the appropriate sides. Sew at a skant 1/4″ and then iron each seam in opposite directions, so when we put them together the seams will nest together.
Step 3 – Put together the Center Block
Now that the pinwheels are finished we can reset our needle back to normal (not a skant 1/4″). We will put our new pinwheel block back in place and sew the center blocks three rows together with a 1/4″ seam. In my case I ironed seams towards the green fabric, so they would nest when I sewed the rows together. Sew the rows together by nesting the seams together, and your center block is done!
Step 4 – Put together the Corner Blocks
The corner blocks are all the same, so once you put together one of the corners, the rest will be exactly the same. Also, you should have the half triangle corner piece already done, so we will just piece all of it together.
Let’s start with the three pieces, the half triangle square, the square, and the triangle. Sew the triangle, and the half triangle square to the middle square using a 1/4″ seam. Iron the seams towards the half triangle square.
Next up we will do the square and triangle, sew together with 1/4″ seam and iron towards the triangle. This will let the seams next when we put the rows together.
Now we will take the first row (with the three pieces) and pin it to the middle row (with the two pieces) and next the seam and line up the edges. Sew at a 1/4″ seam and iron the seam towards the row with the three pieces.
Now we will add the triangle to the row with two pieces, match edges, sew at a 1/4″ seam and iron towards the row with two pieces.
Your corner block is now finished and we can finish the other three!
Step 4 – Add corners to the center block
We are at the point we can finish the block by adding the corners to the center block! We will add opposite corners first. Take one corner and line it up with the center block matching the points created by the solid square in the corner and the pinwheel and solid block in the center block. Match the edge, see below.
Repeat for the opposite corner and sew with a 1/4″ seam. Iron the seam towards the corner.
Next we can add the other two corners exactly as explained above and iron the seams towards the corners and your block is complete!
Check your block that it is 12 1/2″ square and trim it if needed!
Step 7 – Your South Dakota Block is Complete!
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