The state fair quilt block is usually made with just one colour plus white, but I have added an extra colour in this quilt just to add some interest to the quilt. The final quilt size is 42″ square and I have used 1.1/4 yards of white fabric with 1/2 yard each of red and green. Within the quilt there are four state fair quilt blocks which are 18″ square finished size.
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Cutting requirements for the state fair quilt
3.1/2″ squares: sixty four white
3.7/8″ squares: thirty two green, eight red, forty white
For the border you will need four 3.1/2″ strips of red fabric, cut across the width of fabric
Making the state fair quilt block
Make half square triangle units with all the 3.7/8″ squares. Place a white square with either a red or green square, right sides together. Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowances towards the red or green and trim the corners. These are now 3.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six. The white squares are placed in the corners with one square diagonally inside each corner and two squares along the middle of each edge of the block. There are two red/white half square triangles either side of two of the corners and the green/white half square triangles are everywhere else.
The most simple way to check your placement of these is to look for the larger triangles made when two green triangles are placed side by side.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other. You will need to make four of these state fair quilt blocks.
Assembling the state fair quilt
Sew the blocks together in two rows of two and then sew the pairs of blocks together. Rotate the blocks so that the red triangles are always in the corners of the quilt – and the middle.
For the border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of red fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the state fair quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
Last weekend I went to Cambridge for the wedding of my son Ben and his (now) wife Katy. What an amazing, emotional weekend that was. Many of you asked for photos and you’ll find wedding photos along with some from the Festival of Quilts here.