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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.