The road to Oklahoma quilt block is another of those simple quilt blocks that make really striking quilts. I have made it fairly large here as a 16″ block because I want to use it for a tote bag, but you could make it as a 12″ block using 3.1/2″ and 3.7/8″ squares, or even as an 8″ block using 2.1/2″ and 2.7/8″ squares.
4.1/2″ squares: six red, six white
4.7/8″ squares: two each in red and white
Making the Road to Oklahoma quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 4.7/8″ squares. Place a red 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 will produce two half square triangles which are now 4.1/2″ squares. As you will be cutting along the line it doesn’t matter what you use to draw the line – I usually use a ball point pen that moves smoothly along the fabric.
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. There’s a red square in each corner with one white square and one half square triangle along each edge. In the middle there are two red and two white squares arranged so that the red squares form a line along one of the diagonals.
If you were making lots of this quilt block for a quilt, you could sew together a 4.1/2″ strip each of red and white fabric and then cut at 4.1/2″ intervals to give you pairs of squares already sewn together.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the Road to Oklahoma quilt block.
It’s been a busy weekend. Fabric Freedom have asked me to make some sample quilts of two of their patterns. They are to show off their Arts and Crafts fabric range (the red/green quilt) and the Peace Garden range (the blue/green quilt). I’m onlly using a portion of the overall pattern, so the quilts are only about 30″ square, but I had to complete them rather than just making the quilt tops as I do so often.
I’m so pleased that I’ve finished them now and they can go in the post.
I’ll be making one of these full size for the pattern this Friday – which one do you think I should do first?
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