Here’s another one for my quilt blocks named for American states collection – and it’s a real stunner! Actually it was called Mountain Maze by Nancy Cabot, but I’m going to stick with Montana Maze. It is classified as a five patch quilt block and I’ve made it here as a 14″ square. I’ve used three shades of blue with white for the background – even though the background does look slightly pink in the photo!
2.1/2″ squares: eight medium blue, five light blue, eight white
2.7/8″ squares: two each in light blue and medium blue, four each in medium blue and white, four each in dark blue and white, four each in medium blue and dark blue
Making the Montana Maze quilt block
Make half square triangles with all the 2.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above. Place two squares 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 to produce two half square triangle units. These are both 2.1/2″ squares.
Lay the patchwork squares out in seven rows of seven for the Montana Maze quilt block. As usual it it easiest to look for the larger shapes as a guide to laying out the patchwork squares. The most obvious first shape is the nine patch unit in the middle made using light blue and white squares. The frame around this is mostly medium blue, with two dark blue half square triangles on each side. The pairs of dark blue half square triangles make two larger triangles on each side – if you look at each pair of larger triangles, you’ll see that the points of the triangles are pointing towards each other for each pair on each side.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the Montana Maze quilt block.
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