The State of Oregon quilt block has been used here, but this is just my choice of design – not an official quilt. I’ve used two versions of the block, making nine blocks in total. Each block is 15″ square finished size and the quilt overall measures 49″ square. It’s an interesting block because it uses two rectangles in different places in two of the rows, but they are just equivalent to one square overall.
I’ve used 3/4 yard of blue fabric, 3/4 yard of red and 1.1/2 yards of white fabric. You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
I think that it makes quite an interesting quilt with plenty to look at.
Cutting requirements for the state of Oregon quilt
3.1/2″ squares: sixteen red, twenty nine blue, ninety white
3.1/2″ by 2″ rectangles: thirty six white
3.7/8″ squares: thirty six blue, thirty six white
For the border you need five 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric cut across the width of fabric
Making the first state of Oregon quilt block
Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares. Place a blue 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 triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in what would be five rows of five if they were all squares. What makes this block interesting is that in the top and bottom rows there are four squares and two half squares. Overall there are still five squares total, but the two half squares are placed at different places within the rows.
So there are blue squares in all the corners and in the middle. There are three white squares down each side of the block. A white square lies on each edge of the central blue square with a half square triangle between all those white squares. You’ll have to check the photo to be sure which way to place the half square triangles. Between the corner squares on the first and fifth rows there are two half square triangles in the middle of the rows, placed so that they form a larger blue triangle pointing in towards the middle. The white rectangles are placed on either side of these pairs of half square triangles.
Sew the patchwork pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the state of Oregon quilt block. You need to make five of this version of the block.
Making the alternate state of Oregon quilt block
The second block is exactly the same as the first apart from the corner squares. These are red instead of blue. Make the rest of the block exactly the same as above.
You need to make four of these.
Assembling the state of Oregon quilt
Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.
Throughout the quilt I have placed the blue blocks as shown in the layout, with the large blue triangles on the top and bottom of the block. I have always placed the red blocks rotated so that the large blue triangles are on either side.
In rows 1 and 3, there is a blue block followed by a red block and then another blue block.
In row 2 there is a red block followed by a blue block and then another red block.
For the quilt border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the state of Oregon 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 week was absolutely frantic! I went down to London for the weekend to see the family and the lovely Les Miserables show.
Then on Monday I went to the NEC for a trade show where I picked up some really useful ideas – I’m hoping to be able to tell you about them next week. The tent in the photo is knitted – a really eyecatching stall with knitted figures in the same display.
Tuesday my builder returned to finish the tiling in the kitchen and Wednesday I dashed up to Bradford to the Fabric Freedom warehouse and picked up some lovely new fabrics. I haven’t had time to put all the new fabrics up in the shop yet, but I’m hoping to hold a sale next week when all the new fabrics are set up.