How to make The New York State Quilt Block – Journey of US State Quilt Blocks
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On this significant day, September 21, 2023, we are thrilled to introduce the New York State Quilt Block tutorial in celebration of National New York State Day! Dedicated to preserving the storied tradition of quilt blocks in every state, we have taken meticulous steps to break down this block, ensuring that quilters of all proficiency levels can take part and discover delight in the process. Through our simplified method, you now have the chance to create the New York State Quilt Block, transforming it into an enjoyable and gratifying project. Immerse yourself in New York’s captivating shades as you stitch together this exceptional quilt block, capturing the true essence of the Empire State in your quilting masterpiece. Prepare to quilt with pride and pay homage to New York’s artistic legacy on this noteworthy occasion.
Embark on a quilting odyssey as we venture into a captivating journey through time, delving into the intricate mosaic of historical heritage and artistic legacy that has shaped the enduring beauty of quilting. Within this enthralling expedition, we warmly welcome you to join us as we dive into the heartwarming tale of the Hearth and Home quilting project—an extraordinary initiative that united quilters from all corners of the United States during the early 1900s.
Today, our exploration turns to the enchanting state of New York, where history and imagination converge to unveil the New York State Quilt Block. This exquisite design takes inspiration from the charm of the Eastern Bluebird, New York’s cherished state bird. Skillfully blending contrasting tones, including the vibrant shades of the Eastern Bluebird’s plumage and the serene, soothing hues of the bird, infuses vitality into this captivating quilt block, turning it into a spectacle of sheer grandeur.
Embark with us on this journey deep into the heart of quilting – a domain where history, creativity, and legacy merge harmoniously. Together, let’s infuse vitality into the New York State Quilt Block, advancing step by step, stitch by stitch. Uncover the profound satisfaction that arises from crafting a tangible piece of history, one destined to endure and reverberate throughout generations.
Stay engaged for upcoming state block tutorials as we persist in commemorating the quilt block heritage of every state, sharing the diverse beauty and essence of America, one block at a time! Happy quilting!
You can find the cutting instructions and templates for this block below, so let’s dive right in! The pattern incorporates rotary cutting guidelines and templates if you opt to print the pattern.
Go grab the rotary cutting directions for this block below and let’s get started!
- Rotating Cutting Board (0ptional) – to help turn your pieces without touching them.
- Quilt ruler: Ensure you have a quilt ruler on hand, as it will help in drawing precise lines and measurements.
- Marking Pens – I like Frixion because they erase with heat.
Step 1 – Cut your Fabrics and Assemble the Flying Geese Blocks
Before progressing further, it’s crucial to possess precise cutting instructions. You can easily access these guidelines in our free resource library, a valuable collection of information. There, you’ll find the cutting instructions ready for your use.
Check out my video tutorial if you need help with cutting the pieces.
For the Flying Geese sections, Begin by marking the blue A pieces with a diagonal line. Place the A piece on the left side of the B piece, aligning them accurately. Sew on the marked line, trim the seam to 1/4″, and press the seam towards the corner. Repeat the process for the A piece on the other side of the Flying Geese unit.
Step 2 – Assemble 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. The corner patches will be the remaining blue A pieces, and the center is the F piece.
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 orange. Sandwich the orange 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 orange 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.
Your New York State Quilt Bock is complete!
As we approach the conclusion of our journey, we find ourselves fully immersed in the captivating realm of the New York State Quilt Block. Originating in the early 1900s, particularly within the Hearth and Home quilting project, our contemporary interpretation of this block encapsulates both the rich artistic heritage and profound identity of the Empire State. Through the meticulous assembly of this exquisite block, we’ve drawn inspiration from New York’s cherished state symbol, the Eastern Bluebird. This artistic embodiment has empowered us to fashion a masterpiece that genuinely pays homage to the state’s inherent allure.
In the course of this creative odyssey, we’ve come to realize that quilting transcends being a mere craft; it’s a medium of self-expression that seamlessly weaves history, tradition, and heartfelt dedication. The New York State Quilt Block stands as a testament to unity and camaraderie, fostering a space where quilters from all walks of life come together to honor the enduring legacy of this beloved art form.
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