Believe it or not, this is called one quilt block even though it is made up of so many smaller quilt blocks. It is counted as a twenty four patch block and it is credited to Nancy Cabot. I think it’s lovely and it certainly wasn’t difficult to make. I made 6″ quilt blocks for all the smaller blocks making up the Nebraska quilt block and that gave me a finished size of 42″ square.
Making the Nebraska quilt block
Begin by cutting six 2.1/2″ strips across the width of the fabric of the light and the dark fabric (that’s three light, three dark). Sew these together in panels of light, dark, light and dark, light, dark. You will two of each of these panels.
Cut twelve 6.1/2″ squares from the light, dark, light panel.
For the nine patch unit, cut two dark, light, dark strips 2.1/2″ long and one light, dark, light 2.1/2″ strip. Using a 1/4″ seam and with right sides together sew these three strips together.
Make half square triangles with the 6.7/8″ squares. Place a light and a dark square with right sides together and draw a line along the diagonal. Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. You need twenty of these.
You also need four 6.1/2″ squares in both fabrics to assemble the quilt block.
Sewing the Nebraska quilt block together
Usually I make quilt blocks up row by row, but as this is a symmetrical block I found it more easy to make it up in panels. Make two panels as shown on the left and another two panels as shown on the right. These will make up the four corners of the block and then there will be an additional row of blocks between each panel.
Make up four strips as shown on the right. Sew one of these strips between the first panel and its mirror image. Sew a second strip between the second panel and its mirror image.
Place the remaining two strips with the plain light square at each end and a nine patch block between them. Sew these together to form one long strip. This will be the middle row joining the two panels together.
Just in case that wasn’t clear: the first panel is the top left corner. Its mirror image is the top right corner and the three block column is sewn between them
The second panel is bottom right corner and its mirror image is bottom left corner. Again these two panels are joined by a three block column. The middle row joining the top two panels to the bottom two panels is made from two three block strips with a nine patch square in the middle.
Overall the Nebraska quilt block gives a lovely cross effect, I think.