NEW MEXICO STAR QUILT BLOCK


New Mexico star quilt block

New Mexico star quilt block

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.

 

Cutting requirements

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

Make half square triangles

Make 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

Sew together red, white, red strips

Sew together red, white, red strips

Sew together white, red, white strips

Sew together white, red, white strips

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.

 

 

Make nine patch units

Make nine patch units

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

New Mexico star quilt block layout

New Mexico star quilt block layout

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!

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  1. Lindy du Toit says:

    Dear Rose,
    Thank you for this beautiful pattern. I am going to try it out with fabric that my daughter bought for me… I just hope there is enough to go round. I love this pattern, it is different and looks like it is easy enough for me to tackle. I am not a master quilter, just muddle along as best as I can. Mainly self taught. Thank you for a lovely website. I do so enjoy all your videos. Regards and best wishes, Lindy

    • Thanks for your kind comments, Lindy. I hope that you do have enough fabric. I agree with you that it’s quite a striking pattern.

      • Lindy du Toit says:

        Dear Rose,
        Do you think that I could use two sets of 3 fabrics that all tone in with one another, and make four blocks of one set and five blocks of the other set? For a 9-patch quilt. Do you think they would match up? You do not give yardage amounts in the instructions, so I am at sea as to how much fabric I will require…. I also use metric meters, centimetres and millimetdres…. so I have to convert all your measurements when I sit down to do the measurements for the patches and blocks.
        Regards,
        Lindy

        • Hi Lindy. I think that would make a lovely quilt. I would say that you only need to have them light, medium and dark but in fact I have seen this quilt block made with only two colours. I don’t normally give fabric requirements for quilt block patterns, just for full quilts, because so often the quilt blocks use very little fabric. I did once try to give both imperial and metric measurements, but I ended up confusing myself and everyone else.
          Here are the requirements: white fabric – 21″ cut across the width of fabric, pink – 7″, red – 8″. I’ll add these to the pattern now – thanks for pointing out they weren’t there and good luck with the quilt.

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