This New Mexico star quilt block is huge. I didn’t mean to make it quite so large, but I began with 2.1/2″ strips from a jelly roll for the nine patch blocks and then the rest had to be super sized to fit in. So anyway, it’s ended up being 30″ square – almost a baby quilt in its own right! It certainly is a lovely quilt block pattern. I have seen it made with just two colours, but I think that I prefer this version with a third colour adding a bit more contrast. This is another one that I can add to my list of quilt block patterns named for the states of the USA.
I have used 21″ cut across the width of white fabric, 7″ of pink and 8″ of red fabric.
6.7/8″ squares: six each pink and white
6.1/2″ squares: five white
2.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric: three red and three white
Making the half square triangles
Use the 6.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Lay a pink and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This produces two 3.1/2″ half square triangle units from each pair of squares. Repeat with the rest of the 6.7/8″ squares.
How to make the nine patch units
This part is speeded up by using strip piecing. Sew together a strip each of red, white, red for one panel and a strip each of white, red, white for another panel. Cut eight 2.1/2″ strips from the red, white, red panel.
From the white, red, white panel, you will need to cut four 2.1/2″ strips and four 6.1/2″ squares. The stripey squares can be put to one side for later.
Lay three strips out with a red, white, red strip on top and bottom and a white, red, white strip betweeen them. Sew these three strips together to make a nine patch unit. These are 6.1/2″ squares and you will need four of these for the New Mexico star quilt block.
How to sew the New Mexico star quilt block
Lay the squares out as shown in five rows of five. There are three half square triangles in each corner. The one actually in the corner of the quilt block has the pink facing outwards. The two on either side of the corner have the pink facing towards each other. In the middle of each edge there is a 6.1/2″ white square, with another one in the middle of the block. Place one stripey 6.1/2″ square on each edge of the central square, with a nine patch unit in each corner of the central square.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the New Mexico star quilt block. As I said, it’s a very large quilt block, but that makes it very simple to make. If you wanted to make it a lot smaller you could use 1.1/2″ squares for the nine patch units. You would then need to reduce the other squares to 3.7/8″ or 3.1/2″ and that would give you a much smaller 15″ quilt block.
Here’s the video:
I’m off to a textile exhibition in Brecon Cathedral tomorrow. I really hope that they allow photos. So often I see these gorgeous quilts at shows and then can’t bring them to you because photos aren’t allowed. I’m obviously also hoping to see some potential quilt patterns in the floor tiles!