ARIZONA QUILT BLOCK



Arizona quilt block

Arizona quilt block

My daughter Samantha spent an exchange year in Arizona when she was a student, so I couldn’t resist making this Arizona quilt block while she was there.  This is another of those quilt blocks that looks quite complex, but if you break it down into its constituent parts it is not difficult.  Fiddly, but not difficult.

I have made it here as a 12″ block.

 

Cutting requirements

white fabric:  ten 2.7/8″ squares, four 2.1/22 squares, four 2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ strips

purple fabric:  ten 2.7/8″ squares, one 4.1/2″ square

Making the quilt block

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a white and purple 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 produces two half square triangle units.

 

 

Arizona quilt block layout

Arizona quilt block layout

The first and sixth rows of the quilt block

The first and sixth rows of the quilt block

The squares for this quilt block are laid out in what would be six rows of six squares if they were all 2.1/2″ squares.  I think that it’s easiest for you to see if I show you each row being sewn together.

The top and bottom rows are made with one white 2.1/2″ square at each end with four half square triangles between them.  Check the photo to see which way the triangles are placed.

 

Second and fifth rows of the quilt block

Second and fifth rows of the quilt block

 

The second and fifth rows are made with a 4.1/2″ white strip in the middle and a pair of half square triangles on either side.  Again check the photo to be sure which way to place the half square triangles.

 

 

Middle row of the Arizona quilt block

Middle row of the Arizona quilt block

Sew the rows of the quilt block together

Sew the rows of the quilt block together

The third and fourth rows are sewn together as one.  The 4.1/2″ purple square is in the middle with a 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ white strip on either side.  At each end of the row is a pair of half square triangles.  These are sewn together one above the other.  Note how the small white triangles combine to form a larger white triangle.  Once these have been sewn together, all the patchwork pieces across that row can be sewn together.

 

Finally, sew the rows together to complete the Arizona quilt block.

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Comments

  1. Jean Tomey says:

    Hi, I ‘ve lived in Arizona for 30 years but I am originally from Wisconsin. Do you have a Wisconsin block? Thank you for the Arizona block…….easy one!

    • Hi Jean. I’m afraid I don’t have a Wisconsin block but it’s a good idea – I’ll try and find one and write a pattern.

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