This post is going to show you how to make the Connecticut State Quilt block with free templates and cutting directions.
Welcome to the 15th block in our Any Way You Want It – A 50 State Quilt Block Journey. We are introducing the Connecticut 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 Connecticut State Quilt block is beautiful to look at and very simple to put together! This is a two color block and the colors are inverted in two quarters of the block to really pop those triangles out.
The inspiration for the colors of my block are from the State Fish – American Shad. I don’t think I have used a fish yet for inspiration, but with two colors, the American Shad gave me some great blue inspiration.
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 one quarter of the block and then put them all together to become the single 12 1/2″ square block.
How to make the Connecticut State Quilt block with free templates and cutting directions
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
I have created a video on how to put this block together. I show you how to assemble one quarter of the block and the rest is the same. This block is a two color block, and the key is to invert the colors in half of the block. I chose my colors from my own stash of batiks because I am in two Batik of the Month clubs and I have a lot of Fat Quarters to choose from!
Tips for this block before we start
- A 1/4 seam is used on this block, a quarter inch sewing foot works great for this!
- Cut your pieces 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 rotary cutting instructions and the templates and replace your colors so you know which pieces to cut from each color.
- I would use the templates to cut the notches out of all our your triangle pieces, the rotary cutting instructions will show you how to cut most of the pieces.
- Cut your pieces by the color of the fabric.
- Remember to invert your colors in two of the quarters of the blocks.
Step 1 -Choose Your Fabrics and Cut your Templates
The rotary cutter instructions that you have downloaded tell you how wide to cut your strips and to cut your triangles. The rotary cutter instructions only tell you how much to cut for 1/4 of this entire block. You will need the following cuts to make this block – 2 dark and 2 light fabrics for each of the pieces in this block.
I would suggest cutting your templates by color. Templates A – C can be cut with either the Rotary Cutter Instructions or the templates. Template D is easier to cut using the template. Use the templates to cut all notches (rounded corners) also.
Step 3 – How to put together 1 section of this block
First thing we want to do is lay out all the pieces to make the block. Your pieces will be laid out like the picture below.
Next we will add piece A to D, line up the curved notches on each end and edges in the middle and sew 1/4″ seam. Iron the seam towards the piece A. Do the same for piece B on the other side
Secondly, we want to add piece C to the A,B,D Section we just put together. Match rounded corners and edges and sew at 1/4″ seam. Iron towards piece C.
This completes one of the sections of the block! Make sure your section are 6 1/2″ square, trim if necessary and repeat the above steps to finish all four sections.
Step 4 – Block Assembly
Now that all four sections are complete, we will assemble the block.
Your block now looks like this and we will sew the two sections in each row together. Match the points and the ends and line up the edges and sew a 1/4″ seam. Iron the seams open. Repeat for the other two sections in the other row.
Next we will sew the two rows together, matching the points in the middle, line up the ends and edges. Sew a 1/4″ seam and iron open! Check that your block is 12 1/2″ square and trim if necessary.
Step 7 – Your block is complete!
Congratulations! Your Connecticut State Block is now complete! Share your newly created block with your friends on Social Media! Use the #ConnecticutQuiltBlockCC and see what other people are making!
Here are examples of some whole quilts from the Connecticut block.
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