Welcome to the 10th block in our Any Way You Want It – A 50 State Quilt Block Journey. We are introducing the New Mexico quilt 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 New Mexico Quilt block is fun quilt block to put together. The block has a lot of elements that doesn’t seem repetitive and makes it fun to assemble. My inspiration for this block is from the State Butterfly, The Sandia Hairstreak. The butterfly is brown with bright green on its wings.
Below I will show you how to put this block together and I have created a video tutorial for this block also. The video will show you how I assemble little blocks and then put them all together to become the single 12 1/2″ square block.
Go grab the cutting directions and 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 two color block. I would suggest using complimentary but contrasting colors for this block. I tried to match colors of the New Mexico State Butterfly, The Sandia Hairstreak, as much as I could with my Batik Fat Quarter Stash.
Tips for this block before we start
- 1/4 seam″ is used only on the HST squares, but a skant 1/4″ is used to sew the rest of the block together. A quarter inch sewing foot works great for this!
- 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.
- 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. The rotary cutting instructions also work great for this block, and that is what I used to cut my pieces out.
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 pieces from the fabrics using the rotary cutting instructions or you may use the templates that I have provided.
I would suggest not cutting the tips off of the triangles yet, we will be measuring the square made by sewing the triangles together and we will cut the tips off when measuring.
Step 2 – Sew your triangles
At this point there is no need to lay your block out. We need to sew the HST’s and the square blocks, and the strip blocks before we can put the entire block together.
Match up a green (light) and brown (dark) triangle and sew along the long edge with a 1/4″ seam. Sew all 12 of each color exactly like this, and you will have 12 squares with a light and dark triangle.
Iron the newly formed squares towards the dark fabric. Now we will check that each of our new squares are 2 7/8″ square. Square it up using the diagonal seam with the diagonal line on the ruler and trim. This will get the rabbit ears off one side, turn and trim and cut the rabbit ears off the other side
Step 3 – Assemble your Square’s block
At this point we can take the green and brown 1 1/4″ squares and sew 12 of them together with a SKANT 1/4″. This will leave 8 green and 4 brown pieces. Iron towards the brown square.
Using the pieces you just sewed, lay them out according to the instructions. You will need two green (light) and 1 brown (dark) to finish the block off. Sew these pieces on to the appropriate row with a SKANT 1/4″ and iron towards the brown (dark).
We can now sew the rows together by nesting the seams and sewing with a SKANT 1/4″. Iron towards the middle row of the little block. Repeat these steps for the other 3 little blocks like this.
Step 4 – Assemble the Strip blocks
The strips that we cut can now be assembled with two brown (dark) and 1 green (light). Sew these together with a SKANT 1/4″ on the long edges with the dark fabric sandwiching the light fabric. Iron towards the dark fabric. Repeat for the other 3 little blocks like this.
Step 5 – Lay out the entire block, assemble rows
We can now layout the entire block!
Start in the middle with one of the solid square pieces, add the strip blocks to the four sides of the center block. We can now add the square blocks next to the strip blocks.
Next take the remainder solids blocks and put them in the middle rows of each side. We will now fill in the corners with the HST squares by laying them out according to the pattern.
Now that our block is laid out we can assemble the rows. Make sure when you put the rows together that you pin the side you want to sew as soon as you pick it up so that you don’t sew it to the wrong side.
Iron each row in one direction and make sure that the row next to is sew in the opposite direction.
Step 6 – Assemble the Rows
We can now put the rows together and because we ironed each row in an opposite direction we can nest all the seams in the rows.
We will sew the rows together with a SKANT 1/4″ and iron the seams open.
Repeat until you have your block complete!
Step 7 – Your New Mexico Quilt Block is Complete!
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