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 Kansas Day is Wednesday March 15, 2023! I am going to try to release the State blocks on their National day throughout 2023!
I have deconstructed this block so that it is all familiar quilting shapes and no Y seams! The key to this block is to use fabric that hides the seams, so that the color shapes really come through. This block is 12.5″ and I made it in the colors of the State Flower – Sunflower.
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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 – Make the Flying Geese
The flying geese will be made with the (B)J and (G) pieces. If you haven’t already, mark a diagonal line on the back of all your (G) pieces.
Add Fabric 3 (G) to the left side of (B) with the diagonal line going from the top middle to the bottom left. Sew along the line, trim 1/4″ from the seam and iron towards the (G) piece. Repeat on the other side of (B) with the Fabric 2 (G). Make 8.
Step 2 – Make the HST’s
Put a 1 Fabric 2 and Fabric 3 (D) right sides together, sew along long edge. Iron towards the dark fabric. Make 4.
Step 3 – Assemble the Center Block
Lay out a quarter of the center block as seen below.
Add a fabric 2 (D) to the right of a HST. Iron towards the (D) triangle.
Add a fabric 3 (D) to the bottom of the HST. Iron towards the (D) triangle.
Add the long edge of (E) to the long edge of the HST unit. Make 4.
Add a Fabric 2 (F) to two of the above units, and add Fabric 3 (F) to the other two above units.
Assemble the center block with the 4 units above, forming an Hourglass in the middle. Iron towards the dark center triangle.
Step 4 – Assemble the side flying geese units
Put together 2 flying geese units on the short side, sew and iron open.
Put together a Fabric 2 (C) and a Fabric 3 (C) right sides together, sew and iron open.
Sew together two units to make a 4 patch strip. Iron seams open. Make 4.
Add the 4 patch strip to the bottom of the flying geese units, with the flying geese pointing towards the 4 patch strip. Iron towards the 4 patch strip. Make 44
Step 5 – Assemble the Block
Assemble the block as follow below. Iron seams open.
Congratulations on Making the Kansas State Block!
Congratulations on making the Kansas State Block. Your unfinished block will measure 15″ square. Share your block on social media by using hastag #kansasstateblockcc.
I have a detailed video tutorial showing the assemble of this block!
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