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Quilt Blocks of the States - Michigan

Guest Author - Kim Noblin

Michigan - 9" Quilt Block

The next block in our state block series is Michigan. This nine-patch block features a 3" nine-patch center. We'll use the square in the corner technique to make the contructions of the outer units easier.

Fabric Key:

Cutting Instructions:

  • Cut four 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" rectangles.
  • Cut seventeen 1-1/2" squares.

  • Cut four 3-1/2" squares.
  • Cut eight 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" rectangles.
  • Cut four 1-1/2" squares.

Sewing Instructions:

Step 1: With a pencil (or your favorite marking method), draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of twelve green 1-1/2" squares. (Note: there will be five 1-1/2" green squares left over and these will be used in the center nine-patch.)

Step 2: Place a green 1-1/2" square on a corner of a yellow 3-1/2" square, right sides together. Sew along the drawn line and trim the fabric 1/4" above the seam. Press the seam allowance toward the yellow fabric. Repeat three more times for a total of 4 yellow/green squares.

Step 3: Place a green 1-1/2" square at the top of a yellow 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" rectangle, as shown below. Make sure that the drawn line extends from the upper left corner to the lower right corner. Sew along the drawn line and trim the fabric 1/4" above the seam. Press the seam allowance toward the green fabric. Repeat three more times for a total of 4 yellow/green right rectangles.

Step 4: Place a green 1-1/2" square at the top of a yellow 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" rectangle, as shown below. Make sure that the drawn line extends from the lower left corner to the upper right corner. Sew along the drawn line and trim the fabric 1/4" above the seam. Press the seam allowance toward the green fabric. Repeat three more times for a total of 4 yellow/green left rectangles.

Step 5: Arrange the five remaining green 1-1/2" squares and four 1-1/2" yellow squares as shown below. Sew them into rows and press seam allownaces toward the green fabric. Sew the rows together to finish the nine-patch unit. Press seam allowances away from the center row.

Step 6: Sew a left yellow/green rectangle to the left side of a green rectangle and press seam allowance toward the green fabric. Sew a right yellow/green rectangle to the right side of the same green rectangle and press seam allowance toward the green fabric. Repeat three more times for a total of four.

Step 7: Arrange the sections as shown below and sew into rows (Diagram 1). Sew the rows (Diagram 2) together to finish the block (Diagram 3) .

Diagram 1:

Diagram 2:


Diagram 3:


Your block should measure 9-1/2" on all sides. It will measure 9" finished size when it is sewn into a quilt.

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Content copyright © 2014 by Kim Noblin. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Kim Noblin. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Judie Bellingham for details.

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