The Alabama quilt block is a simple quilt block but I think it’s reall good looking with a sort of clean, uncluttered look. I haven’t been able to fine out anything about the history of the block, although I did find that the official quilt of Alabama is the pine burr quilt quilt which is different altogether from the Albabama quilt block.
I have made this block using 2.1/2″ strips of the three colours. This gives an 18″ finished size quilt block and means that you could make it using a jelly roll. As ever, it is easiest to cut 2.1/2″ wide strips of fabric and then cut the required lengths.
seventeen brown 2.1/2″ squares
four white 2.1/2″ squares and four white 10.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strips
four cream 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strips and four cream 14.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strips
Making the Alabam quilt block
The Alabama quilt block is made starting from the middle and moving out. the nine patch unit in the middle is made with nine 2.1/2″ squares in brown and white placed as shown. These are sewn together in three rows and then the rows are sewn together.
Place a 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ cream strip on all four sides of the nine patch unit and sew a brown 2.1/2″ square to each end of the two side strips. Sew the top and bottom strips to the nine patch unit first and then sew the longer strips to the sides of the unit.
Place the 10,1.2″ white strips on all sides of the quilt block with a brown 2.1/2″ square in each corner. Sew the brown squares to the top and bottom of the side strips.
Sew the white strips to the top and bottom of the Alabama quilt block and then sew the long strips to the sides.
The final round of the Alabama quilt block is sewn in exactly the same way – a cream 14.1/2″ strip to top and bottom of the block, brown squares on each end of the side strips and then sew these to the sides of the block. This is a lovely simple block to make and the colour placement makes it really attractive.
When I made the Alabama quilt block into a quilt, I kept the neutral colours and used some black sashing. I felt that it made an ideal quilt for men.