This post is going to show you how to make the New York State Quilt block with templates and cutting directions.
Welcome to the 21st block in our Any Way You Want It – A 50 State Quilt Block Journey. We are introducing the New York State 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 York State Quilt block is a timely patriotic block since the 4th of July is around the corner! This is a super easy block to put together, you will have this done in no time at all! My color inspiration is, obviously, the colors of the US flag.
I have also designed a table runner that includes this New York State block and two other blocks with different stars in the upper left corner. You can find the pattern by clicking the picture below! I used Star Spangled Fat Quarter bundle from Fat Quarter Shop.
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 York State Quilt block with free templates and cutting directions
Go grab the rotary cutting directions for this block below and let’s get started!
3 fat quarters of your choice, preferably red, white and blue 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 US Flag!
For the Table Runner I used the Star Spangled Fat Quarter Bundle from Fat Quarter Shop. I received this in the Mystery Liberty Box that I opened.
The following items are good things to have when getting ready to make this block.
- 1/4″ presser foot – for keeping your seams at 1/4″.
- Thread – Aurifil 50 wt. or Superior So Fine threads are great because they are strong, but light so there isn’t a lot of bulk in the seams.
Step 1 – Cut your Fabrics and Assemble the Flying Geese Blocks
The rotary cutting instructions are very good at telling you how to cut your pieces. Once your pieces are cut, we can begin to put together the flying geese blocks.
There are four flying geese blocks and they all will be assembled exactly the same. Take your B & E pieces and put the long edge of piece E along one of the short edges of Piece B. Sew at 1/4″ and iron towards the piece E. Repeat for the other Piece E and your will have a flying geese unit measuring 3.5″ x 1.5″.
Step 2 – Assemble the Rows in the Star Block
Now that the flying geese units are done we can start assembling the Rows of the Star Block. Lay out your pieces like the diagram below. Sew the rows together and iron as the diagram indicates.
Now that the rows have been sewn, we can put the rows together to complete our start block. Since we ironed the the seams in each row in a different direction our seams will nest very nicely.
Your star block is complete, we can move on to the stripes!
Step 3 – Put the Stripe blocks together
Now we will put the strip blocks together. We will start with the 6 1/2″ strips which there are 2 white and 1 red. Sandwich the red in between the two white strips and sew at a 1/4″ seam and iron the seams towards the red strip.
Next we will do the same thing with the 12 1/2″ strips, except we will sandwich the white strip between the two red strips. Sew at 1/4″ and iron towards the red strips.
Step 4 – Assemble the New York State block
Start with the star block and the 6 1/2″ strip block. Line the strip block up next to the star block, matching ends and edges. There are no seams to match here. Sew at 1/4″ and iron towards the strip block.
Finally, we can add the 12 1/2″ strip block to the bottom of our star unit. Match ends and edges and sew at 1/4″ seam and iron towards the bottom strip unit.
Trim your block to 12 1/2″ square!
Your New York State Quilt Bock is complete!
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