This post is going to show you how to make the New Hampshire State Quilt block with free templates and cutting directions.
Welcome to the 19th block in our Any Way You Want It – A 50 State Quilt Block Journey. We are introducing the New Hampshire 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 Hampshire State Quilt block is beautiful and is exactly the same as the Florida State Quilt Block we did in January. The only difference is how the colors are arranged! The quilt block is actually a hexagon, but I want a 12.5″ square block, so I have modified it a little!
The inspiration for the colors of my block are from the State Butterfly – Karner Blue Butterfly. The colors in the butterfly are grayish blue, orange and black!
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 New Hampshire 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.
3 fat quarters of your choice, preferably a dark, medium and light color.. I am part of the Fat Quarter Shop Hoffman Batik of the Month club and my batik’s accumulate so that is how I got my fabrics for my blocks. I chose the colors of the State Butterfly – Karner Blue Butterfly.
Step 1 – Grab the templates and cut your strips!
The following strips will need to be cut for each of the templates.
- Template 1 – Cut 3 pieces from the dark and 3 pieces from the medium color.
- Template 2- Cut 9 pieces from a 1 1/8″ strip of the dark and 9 pieces from the medium.
- Template 3- Cut 18 pieces from a 1 1/8″ strip of the light color.
- Template 4- Cut 1 rectangle from the dark that is 6 1/4″ long x 3 7/8″ high, cut on the diagonal to get 2 triangles. Repeat for the medium color.
- End Strips – Cut 1 – 1.5″ x 12.5″ strip from the dark and medium colors.
Use the templates to also cut the notches out of your templates.
Step 2 – Layout your pieces according to the pattern
There are 6 triangle units in this block, we will set up one of the triangles, sew it and we can repeat for the other 5 triangles. Keep in mind that 3 of the unit have the middle triangle a medium color and the sides are a dark color and the other 3 are the opposite in color.
Step 3 – Build your first triangle
First, lets build the sides of the triangle. Set aside a strip that will not have the diamonds, the second strip will have one diamond sewn to it, with the seam ironed towards the diamond. Line up the notches with the edge of the side piece when lining up your pieces. On the third strip there will be a diamond sewn to each side.
All seams will be ironed towards the diamonds, and now the pieces can be laid out again and we can start adding them to the middle triangle.
Start with the strip with now diamonds, match the edges of side to the edges of the triangle, sew 1/4″ and iron towards the side strip.
Take your next strip with one diamond and sew it onto the triangle matching ends and also checking that the end of the seam at the diamond and the end of the seam of the previous strip are 1/4″ from each other. This will make sure your points of the triangle and the diamond will line up. Iron seam towards the strip.
Finally we will sew our last strip to the triangle. Line the strip up from end to end on the triangle with the previous strips and make sure that each of your diamond seams are 1/4″ from the previous strips. Please refer to the picture. Iron the seams towards the strip.
Your first triangle is done!! Now you can do the other 5 triangles exactly the same way, making sure you pay attention to the colors.
Step 4 – Assemble each half of the block
To assemble half of the block, line up the triangles for half a block with the center triangle blocks alternating in color. Please note the photo below and the pattern picture.
First we will sew the 2nd triangle to the first triangle, making sure to line up the diamond seams. This will make sure your diamonds line up with each other. So start by lining up the diamond seams, and then pin in between. Sew 1/4″ and iron the seam OPEN. Do the exact same thing for the 3rd triangle.
At this point, to make the block true to the original, you would put the two halves together to make a block. If you make a whole quilt though, you will put it together in rows instead of blocks. Just like the images below.
I am making this into a 12.5″ square block, so I am going to proceed with how to do that.
Step 5 – Add the corners
Before the two halves are put together, the corners need to be put on. Match the corners to the outside edges of the block. Line up the corners with the half hexagon so it creates a rectangle, turn it over to put right sides together matching edges and ends. Sew at 1/4″ and iron towards the corner. Repeat for the other three corners.
Step 6 – Put halves together
At this point the to halves are ready to put together. Match up the points in the middle of both halves and then match the diamond seams. Sew together with a 1/4″ seam and iron the seam open.
We are not finished yet, the strip needs to go onto the top and bottom of the block. Match the strip to the corners and sew the strip on and iron towards the strip.
At this point, the block can be trimmed to 12.5″ square!
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Step 5 – Your block is complete!
Congratulations! Your New Hampshire State Block is now complete! Share your newly created block with your friends on Social Media! Use the #NewHampshireQuiltBlockCC and see what other people are making!
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