Over a period of time I am trying to make the quilt blocks named after the states of the USA – it just gives a focus to so many lovely quilt blocks. This one is called Kansas and I thought it looked quite modern. In fact it is attributed to Hearth and Home which means it’s been around a long time. I have made it here as a 12″ block.
four 2.1/2″ cream squares
2.7/8″ squares: four each in white and cream, four each in black and cream, two each in black and white, three each in black and red, three each in white and red.
Making the Kansas quilt block
Make the half square triangles by placing two 2.7/8″ squares with right sides together and marking a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangles. Repeat with all the pairs of squares listed above.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six. It would be difficult to list the placements, but the cream 2.1/2″ squares are in the corners and all the cream half square triangles are round the edge of the Kansas quilt block. The red half square triangles are obvious and for the rest of the squares you hust have to be careful which way to place them.
Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs together across the rows. Sew the rows together to complete the Kansas quilt block. I can see this being a great quilt block for a man.