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Quilt Blocks of the States - California

Guest Author - Kim Noblin

California - 18" Quilt Block

The next block in our tour of the States is California. This nine-patch block is moderately easy to make using the "square-in-the-corner" method.

Fabric Key:

Cutting Instructions:

Cut one 6-1/2" square.

Cut four 6-1/2" squares.

Cut sixteen 3-1/2" squares.

Cut four 6-1/2" 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 each red 3-1/2" square.

Step 2: With right sides together, layer a red 3-1/2" square on a yellow 6-1/2" square at the upper left corner. Sew along the line that you drew in Step 1. Trim away the excess red and yellow fabric 1/4" above the seam and press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric as shown below. Repeat three more times for a total of four red/yellow squares.

Step 3: With right sides together, layer a red 3-1/2" square on a green 6-1/2" square at the upper left corner. Sew along the line that you drew in Step 1. Trim away the excess red and green fabric 1/4" above the seam and press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric as shown below. Layer a red 3-1/2" square on the upper right corner. Sew along the line that you drew in Step 1. Trim away the excess red and green fabric 1/4" above the seam and press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric as shown below. Repeat three more times for a total of four red/green squares.

Step 4: With right sides together, layer a red 3-1/2" square on a purple 6-1/2" square at the upper left corner. Sew along the line that you drew in Step 1. Trim away the excess red and purple fabric 1/4" above the seam and press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric as shown below. Layer a red 3-1/2" square on the lower right corner. Sew along the line that you drew in Step 1. Trim away the excess red and purple fabric 1/4" above the seam and press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric as shown below. Layer a red 3-1/2" square on the upper right corner. Sew along the line that you drew in Step 1. Trim away the excess red and purple fabric 1/4" above the seam and press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric as shown below. Finally, layer the last red 3-1/2" square on the lower left corner. S ew along the line that you drew in Step 1. Trim away the excess red and purple fabric 1/4" above the seam and press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric as shown below. One purple/red center square made.

Step 5: Arrange the units as shown in Diagram 1. With right sides together and using a scant 1/4" seam, sew together to form rows as shown in Diagram 2. Sew rows as shown in Diagram 3 to finish the block.

Diagram 1:

Diagram 2:


Diagram 3:


Your block should measure 18-1/2" on all sides. It will measure 18" finished size when it is sewn into a quilt.

Here is my block:

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Content copyright © 2013 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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