Another quilt block named after an American state – and an easy and pretty block at that. It’s classified as a four patch block and I have made it here as a 16″ square in just two colours with a white background.
2.1/2″ squares: four white, four blue, eight yellow
2.7/8″ squares: fourteen each in yellow and white, ten each in blue and white
Making the South Carolina quilt block
Make half square triangle units 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. This produces two half square triangle units which are 2.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the darker of the two fabrics and trim the corners.
Lay the squares out in eight rows of eight. Although I usually place the squares row by row, this time I found it more helpful to place all the squares around the outside and then move in towards the middle of the block, as shown on the right. There’s a white square in each corner and two blue/white half square triangles in the middle of each edge. On either side of the blue there’s a yellow square and a yellow half square triangle.
The next layer working inwards has a blue square in each corner, two blue/white half square triangles to complete the blue diamonds with a yellow/white half square triangle on each side. As you can see, the yellow squares and half square triangles now form a series of larger yellow triangles.
Continue adding the squares to fill up the middle of the quilt block. You may find it easier just to place the squares across the rows in the normal way but I thought that you might find it useful to see how the shapes of the block were built up.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block.
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