We are introducing the Minnesota 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 Minnesota Day is Wednesday March 1, 2023! I am going to try to release the State blocks on their National day throughout 2023!
This block has some basic shapes, but if you don’t use templates, the diamonds can be a challenge to cut. I show you how to cut those diamonds and the corners of the diamond unit to get this beautiful block made. The block is also 15″ square and that is how big I make the block, but I am also including dimensions to make the 12.5″ square block. The construction is exactly the same for either block.
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- Three Fabric Colors for this block, contrasting enough that all elements of the block stand apart.
- Rulers large enough to cut the pieces.
- Chain Piece cutter is optional
- Rotary blade
- Thread – I used Aurifil Thread 50wt.
- Iron – I have a cordless iron that makes it easy to iron next to my machine.
STEP 1 – Cut Piece (E)
Cut at least a 3 1/8″ strip of fabric. Line your ruler up at the upper left corner of the strip. Rotate the ruler until the bottom of the strip hits the 4″ mark. This will be your left cutting line.
Now make a mark at 4″ to the right on the upper edge. Make a mark 4″ to the right of the new bottom left corner edge. Cut from mark to mark.
Step 2 – Build Diamond Block
On all (B & C) pieces make a mark 1/2″ from the small corner on the long edge. This is the mark that will be used to line up with the point of the diamond.
Line up the 1/2″ mark on the top point of the diamond, sew and iron towards the corner. Repeat for the other 3 sides of the diamond.
Trim diamond unit to 3.5″ x 6.5″ ensuring that the points of the diamonds are 1/4″ from the edge.
Step 3 – Center Square Block
Crease the (F) piece to find the center. Crease the center of the (D) pieces to find center. Line up the center of (F) and (D), sew and iron towards the (D) piece. Finished size will be 3.5″ square.
Step 4 – Hourglass Blocks
Line up your Fabric 1 an 2 (A) pieces in an hourglass formation. Iron the corner pieces together and iron towards the dark color. Add the two corners together, nesting center seams, sew and iron towards one side. Finished size is 6.5″ square.
Step 5 – Assemble Block
Layout the block as seen below.
Congratulations on Making the Minnesota State Block!
Congratulations on making the Minnesota State Block. Your unfinished block will measure 15″ square. Share your block on social media by using hastag #minnesotastateblockcc.
I have a detailed video tutorial showing the assemble of this block!
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