We are introducing the Iowa block! 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!
National Iowa Day is Wednesday February 8, 2023! I am going to try to release the State blocks on their National day throughout 2023!
This block is made up of pieces that are very familiar to quilters. There are square strips and half square triangles! It just has a lot of half square triangles..
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Cut 12 of the Fabric 1 (A) pieces on the diagonal to yield 24 triangles.
Cut the 1 Fabric 2 (E) on both diagonals to yield 4 triangles
Draw a diagonal line on all 30 pieces of Fabric 1 (A), then put the 30 Fabric 1 (A) pieces and 30 Fabric 2 (A) pieces right sides together and sew a same 1/4″ away from each side of the diagonal line.
Once all pieces are sewn, cut along the line that you drew and iron towards the darker fabric. Trim the tails on your 60 HST’s.
Take piece (D) and two of the (E) triangles. Find the centers of (E) triangles, and the center of two opposite sides of the (D) piece. Center the triangles on two opposite sides of (D), sew 1/4″ and iron towards the triangles. Repeat for the last two (E) triangles on the other sides of (D). The resulting square should be 4 3/4. This will make the center square of the block.
Take the (C) pieces and line them up with Fabric 1 (E) sandwiching Fabric 2 (E). Sew these pieces together on the long side ironing towards Fabric 1 (E). Make 4 strip sections.
Add a (B) to each side of two of the strip sets that were just made. Iron towards the (B) piece. Make two.
Four corners will need to be made with the HST’s. Lay out the corner as follows with the HST’s and the 24 triangles that were cut in step 1. Iron the pieces together in rows, and iron each row in the direction of the arrows next to each row.
Next put the rows together along the last triangle on the bottom, sew and iron in the direction the arrows indicate. Make 4 identical corners.
Assemble the block. Start with the center block and add the short strip sets to opposite sides of the center block. Iron towards the strip sets. Repeat for the long strip sets, matching seams, and ironing towards the long strip set.
Congratulations on making the Iowa State Quilt block. The unfinished block will measure 12.5″ square. Share your block on social media with #iowastatequiltblockcc
I have made a detailed video tutorial of the making of this block also!
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