This post is going to show you how to make the Vermont State Quilt block with free templates and cutting directions.
Welcome to the 18th block in our Any Way You Want It – A 50 State Quilt Block Journey. We are introducing the Nebraksa 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 Vermont State Quilt block is beautiful and looks intimidating, but when I break it down for you it will go together very easy and fast!
The inspiration for the colors of my block are from the State Mineral – Talc. The colors of this mineral are shades of green and remind me of mint chocolate chip ice cream!
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 the different sections of the block and then put them all together to become the single 12 1/2″ square block.
How to make the Vermont 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. This block isn’t difficult, there is just a lot to do and it takes some time. 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. You will need at least two of the templates to complete this block though.
- I would suggest the templates to cut the notches out of all our your triangle pieces, the rotary cutting instructions will show you how to cut all of the pieces.
- Cut your pieces by the color of the fabric.
- Follow my instructions for ironing the seams and you will have all nested seams when you match up your 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. There is also a white space block so you can color in the colors that you would like for you block and replace them in the rotary cutter instructions.
I would suggest cutting your templates by color. It will help to keep your pieces together, and keep track of what pieces you have cut.
Step 2 – Lay out all your pieces into your block
With this block, we can take all our pieces and lay them out in our block. This will help us to put together the block with the right pieces sewn together. We have multiple colors of the same template, so this will help us determine where to sew the right pieces together.
Lay out your pieces just like the pattern indicates.
Step 3 – Lets sew some Sections together
Section #1 – Corners
These are the Dark Template A triangles and in the 4 corners. Line up a triangle from each color along the side edges and sew 1/4″ seam and iron open. Repeat for all 4 corners and lay them back in position.
Section #2 – The C templates in the border
We will be working with the C templates that have 2 dark and 1 light triangle in border section. I have highlighted the section we will be working with.
We are going to sew these three together with the light in the middle and the dark on the ends. Sew these at a 1/4″ seam and iron the seams open. Repeat for all 4 sections.
Section #3 – Add Corner templates B & D to the out side of C Section
The B & D corners that are on the end of the C section we just completed above are next. We can add these to each side of all the C sections. I have highlighted the B & D sections below. Sew at 1/4″ and iron towards the B/D sections.
Section #4 – Add the light color Template A
Now we will add the light color Template A each side of two of the sections #3 we just finished. These are going go on just like the B & D pieces, sew at 1/4″ and iron towards the outside. We will only put these on two of the sections that are on opposite sides.
Section #5 – Center Block
The center block consists of two templates, C & E. We will sew E onto the right side of C matching rounded corners and ends on all 4 of the C pieces. Iron the seams open. There will now be 4 of the C/E parts and we can sew two of these together to make 2 halves of the center block. Iron these seams open.
Next we will put the two halves together, matching the center points and the ends. Sew 1/4″ seam and iron either open, or to one end. However you feel like ironing this seam.
Step 4 – Lets assemble the larger pieces
At this point we are going to assemble all the units we just put together!
Start with the Center block and add the short border to each side of the center block. Match the points and seams and sew a 1/4″, iron towards the center block.
Next take the longer border and add it to the center section you just completed. Match the points and seams, sew at a 1/4″ and iron towards the border.
All that is left is to add the corners! Line the seam of the corner with the point and match the ends. Sew at 1/4″ and iron towards the border.
Step 5 – Your block is complete!
Congratulations! Your Vermont State Block is now complete! Share your newly created block with your friends on Social Media! Use the #VermontQuiltBlockCC and see what other people are making!
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