How to make The Maine State Quilt Block
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On this momentous day, December 21, 2023, we are thrilled to present the Maine State Quilt Block tutorial in celebration of National Maine State Day! Dedicated to preserving the rich tradition of quilt blocks in every state, we have taken meticulous measures to deconstruct this block, ensuring that quilters of all skill levels can engage and derive joy from the process. Through our simplified approach, you now have the opportunity to craft the Maine State Quilt Block, transforming it into a delightful and fulfilling project. Immerse yourself in Maine’s captivating hues as you sew together this exceptional quilt block, capturing the authentic essence of the Pine Tree State in your quilting masterpiece. Get ready to quilt with pride and honor Maine’s artistic heritage on this significant occasion.
Embark on a quilting journey as we traverse through time, immersing ourselves in a captivating exploration of the intricate tapestry of historical heritage and artistic tradition that has woven the enduring charm of quilting. Within this enthralling odyssey, we warmly invite you to join us as we delve into the heartwarming narrative of the Hearth and Home quilting project—a remarkable initiative that united quilters from all corners of the United States during the early 1900s.
Today, our expedition takes us to the enchanting state of Maine, where history and creativity intersect to unveil the Maine State Quilt Block. This exquisite design draws inspiration from the beauty of the Red Lobster, Maine’s unique state symbol. By skillfully blending contrasting hues, including the vibrant shades found in the Red Lobster, we breathe life into this captivating quilt block, transforming it into a spectacle of pure grandeur.
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.
- Scissors – I like Kathy Kay Buckley Scissors
- Iron – My favorite Iron – Panasonic NI-WL600 Cordless Iron
- Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 fusible webbing for applique
- Compass – for drawing a circle template
Just a friendly reminder to visit our free resource library to access the dimensions for these pieces. Once you’ve got the measurements you need, return here to begin constructing your block. We’re here to guide you through every step of the process. My video tutorial gives you a visual guide in created the templates for this block.
Step 1 – Make Applique Templates
The initial step in our process involves creating templates for cutting our applique shapes. We have two templates to produce, and one will be cut freehand, reminiscent of our childhood days crafting snowflakes. The other template necessitates crafting a circle and dividing it into quarters.
To fashion the first template, take a piece of card stock or paper measuring 2 7/8″ in length and 5/8″ in width. Fold this rectangle in half along its long side, aligning the short sides. Commencing at the folded edge corner, cut a portion of an oval until you reach the opposite top corner. Unfold the paper, revealing a partial moon shape that serves as your template. Pictures will be provided below to illustrate the cutting process.
Moving on, we will utilize a compass set to a 1.5″ radius to generate a 3″ circle. Proceed to cut out the circle and, using the center of the circle as a guide, draw quarters within it. Cut along the lines to extract one of these quarters, forming our second quarter circle template.
Step 2 – Transfer templates to Fusible Webbing
In the following step, transfer the templates created in Step 1 onto Lite Steam A Seam 2 fusible webbing. Draw eight copies of each template onto the gridded side of the Lite Steam A Seam 2. Cut out the entire section containing the eight templates as one unit. Remove the plain side of the fusible webbing and place the templates on the back of the fabric. A reminder: each template corresponds to a different color, so you will have eight quarter circles on one fabric and the quarter moons on another color.
Apply the iron to the fusible webbing for approximately 3 seconds to adhere it to the fabric—no longer, as we only want it to stick. Subsequently, cut out all the individual templates from each fabric. Set aside for now.
Step 3 – Create the Square in a Squares
Step 1: Cut Your Fabric Pieces
If you haven’t already done so, cut your A pieces on the diagonal to get triangles.
Step 2: Positioning the Triangles
Begin by placing all the green triangles to opposite corners on all of the B pieces. Each green triangle should be aligned with the raw edges, extending beyond the square on two sides and forming a right angle with the square’s corner.
After completing the placement of green triangles on the opposite corners, proceed to place the remaining triangles. Specifically, assign green triangles to four of the B pieces, while the remaining B pieces will receive the red triangles. Position each triangle on its respective side of the center square following the same process.
Step 3: Sewing the Triangles
Take the square and one attached triangle to the sewing machine. Sew along the edge of the triangle with a quarter-inch seam allowance. Repeat this process for all four sides.
Step 4: Ironing Towards the Triangles
After sewing, press the seams. Open the fabric and press the seam allowances toward the attached triangles. This helps reduce bulk and ensures a crisp appearance.
Step 3 – Apply the Applique
Moving on, it’s time to apply the appliqué shapes that were previously cut out. Begin with the Square in a Square block that features all green corners. For this block, take the red quarter circles and peel the backing from the fabric. Place each quarter circle with the point in one of the corners. Repeat this process in the opposite corner with another quarter circle.
Repeat these steps for the remaining three Square in a Square blocks with green corners. Once all these appliqué shapes are positioned, use the iron to fuse them in place according to the instructions provided with the Lite Steam a Seam 2 webbing. Ensure a secure bond by following the recommended fusing directions for optimal results.
Continuing with the project, turn your attention to the remaining four Square in a Square blocks featuring both green and red corners. Repeat the aforementioned process, this time applying the remaining quarter moon pieces that were cut out. Ensure that the green appliqué pieces are positioned next to the red corners, following the same steps outlined earlier. Peel the backing from the fabric of the quarter moon pieces and place them accordingly, aligning with the corners of the Square in a Square blocks.
Once all these appliqué shapes are in place, utilize the iron to fuse them according to the Lite Steam a Seam 2 webbing instructions. Confirm that the green appliqué pieces are appropriately adjacent to the red corners for a cohesive and visually pleasing design.
Step 4 – Assemble the Pinwheel Center
Step 1: Fabric Selection and Cutting
There should be 4 green and 4 red triangles remaining from Step 2 that will be used in the Pinwheel.
Step 2: Creating The Squares
Sew two triangles together where one triangle is green and one is red.
Step 3: Pressing Seams
Open and press the seams open, this will help reduce bulk.
Step 4: Arranging the HSTs
Arrange your squares in to a pinwheel design.
Step 5: Sewing the Rows
Sew the HST’s into rows. Stitch the HSTs in each row together with a quarter-inch seam allowance and iron open.
Step 6: Assembling the Block
Join the rows together to complete the pinwheel block. Align the seams and stitch the rows with a quarter-inch seam allowance and iron this seam open.
Step 5 – Lay out the Block and Sew Together 9 patch
We now have 9 patches that we will need to assemble to make the Maine State Quilt Block. Lay out the patches as seen in the diagram below. Sew the patches together in rows and iron all seams open from this point on.
Your Maine State Block is Complete!
As we reach the conclusion of our journey, we find ourselves fully immersed in the captivating realm of the Maine State Quilt Block. Originating in the early 1900s, notably within the Hearth and Home quilting project, our contemporary interpretation of this block encapsulates both the rich artistic heritage and profound identity of the Pine Tree State. Through the meticulous assembly of this exquisite block, we’ve drawn inspiration from Maine’s distinctive state symbol, the Red Lobster. 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 Maine State Quilt Block serves as a fitting conclusion to our journey, standing as a testament to unity and camaraderie. It creates a space where quilters from all walks of life come together to honor the enduring legacy of this beloved art form, finishing our expedition with a flourish of creativity and Maine’s unique charm.
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