State of Oregon Quilt Pattern

State of Oregon quilt

State of Oregon quilt

The State of Oregon quilt block has been used here, but this is just my choice of design – not an official quilt.  I’ve used two versions of the block, making nine blocks in total.  Each block is 15″ square finished size and the quilt overall measures 49″ square.  It’s an interesting block because it uses two rectangles in different places in two of the rows, but they are just equivalent to one square overall.

I’ve used 3/4 yard of blue fabric, 3/4 yard of red and 1.1/2 yards of white fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.

I think that it makes quite an interesting quilt with plenty to look at.

Completed state of Oregon quilt blocks

Completed state of Oregon quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the state of Oregon quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  sixteen red, twenty nine blue, ninety white

3.1/2″ by 2″ rectangles:  thirty six white

3.7/8″ squares:  thirty six blue, thirty six white

For the border you need five 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric cut across the width of fabric

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the first state of Oregon quilt block

Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares.  Place a blue and a white 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 will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

First quilt block layout

First quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in what would be five rows of five if they were all squares.  What makes this block interesting is that in the top and bottom rows there are four squares and two half squares.  Overall there are still five squares total, but the two half squares are placed at different places within the rows.

So there are blue squares in all the corners and in the middle.  There are three white squares down each side of the block.  A white square lies on each edge of the central blue square with a half square triangle between all those white squares.  You’ll have to check the photo to be sure which way to place the half square triangles.  Between the corner squares on the first and fifth rows there are two half square triangles in the middle of the rows, placed so that they form a larger blue triangle pointing in towards the middle.  The white rectangles are placed on either side of these pairs of half square triangles.

Sew the patchwork pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the state of Oregon quilt block.  You need to make five of this version of the block.

Layout for alternate block

Layout for alternate block

Making the alternate state of Oregon quilt block

The second block is exactly the same as the first apart from the corner squares.  These are red instead of blue.  Make the rest of the block exactly the same as above.

You need to make four of these.

Assembling the state of Oregon quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.

Rows 1 and 3 of the quilt

Rows 1 and 3 of the quilt

Throughout the quilt I have placed the blue blocks as shown in the layout, with the large blue triangles on the top and bottom of the block.  I have always placed the red blocks rotated so that the large blue triangles are on either side.

In rows 1 and 3, there is a blue block followed by a red block and then another blue block.

Row 2 of the quilt

Row 2 of the quilt

In row 2 there is a red block followed by a blue block and then another red block.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the quilt border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the state of Oregon quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

Last week was absolutely frantic!  I went down to London for the weekend to see the family and the lovely Les Miserables show.

Knitted tent

Knitted tent

Knitted figures

Knitted figures

Then on Monday I went to the NEC for a trade show where I picked up some really useful ideas – I’m hoping to be able to tell you about them next week.  The tent in the photo is knitted – a really eyecatching stall with knitted figures in the same display.

Tuesday my builder returned to finish the tiling in the kitchen and Wednesday I dashed up to Bradford to the Fabric Freedom warehouse and picked up some lovely new fabrics.  I haven’t had time to put all the new fabrics up in the shop yet, but I’m hoping to hold a sale next week when all the new fabrics are set up.

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  1. Thank you for the State of Oregon block. I’m not sure how it relates to Oregon but I would love to make one in blues (our water oceans, lakes, rivers and rain) and green to represent our bountiful trees. Your blocks are unusual and eye-catching. Something more for my “To Do” list!
    Thanks again! Mary Ellen from Milwaukie Oregon, USA (just outside Portland)

    • Hi Mary Ellen. I often struggle to see how quilt blocks come by their names, but I love your ideas for colouring this block. Sometimes I feel that it’s like seeing the history behind flags – there is usually a reason for each colour used within the flag.

  2. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another great quilt pattern and it looks so easy. Got a clean bill of health on Thursday so I decided to start quilting again on Sunday. You certainly have a lot of pep to keep going. Glad you are enjoying your surroundings. Also glad the kitchen is almost done.
    Have a great weekend and Happy quilting.

  3. Marilyn Larkin says:

    I adore the knitted items. I often think of my Mum when I see knittted things, I used to hold out my arms to hold the skein of wool as she wound it into colourful balls, before turning the yarn into jumpers. We lived in England then and she would have so loved to see these shows. It is marvelous that these skills are still alive.
    I really like the way you have manipulated the block into two different colourways to make yet another glorious quilt. Enjoy your kitchen, if you find time to cook in your exciting life.

    • Thanks, Marilyn. I have similar memories of my grandmother with her knitting and crocheting. I think that my problem with knitting was that the project didn’t grow quickly enough and so I didn’t persevere long enough to become quick at knitting. Definitely my loss.

  4. I am always in awe when I watch you put these blocks together. How you can figure all this out is just mind boggling. It would be hard for me to choose from any of your patterns because they would all look great on any sizes bed. Keep up the good work. I always look forward to Fridays because I know you’ll be coming up with another winner.

    • Thanks, Claire – you’re very kind. I always feel lucky to be able to spend so much time quilting – and to have so many kind friends to share my quilting with!

  5. Rose, You make difficult looking patterns easy to do with your clear instructions.
    It’s a gift to have this talent and thank you for sharing. The knitted tent and figure are
    delightful. Rose you are a very energetic person…what is your secret?
    Glad your home is returning to normal. Have you rehoused Minnie?

    • Hi Mary. Thanks for your kind comments. I always think that things look more simple when you look at them in small stages. I don’t feel energetic when I see how much some people can fit into a day – I love to curl up with a book and then I can lose myself for hours!

  6. Christine Southgate says:

    Thank you for another lovely quilt pattern Rose.

    Pleased to say my daughter has now got the stitching bug. Feeling very blessed as I’ve just spent a lovely week with her, son in law & gorgeous 3 month old granddaughter. Katie enjoys patchwork & we’ve done baby dressmaking this week.

    • Hi Christine. How lovely to be able to share your sewing with your daughter. Mine sees no point in sewing anything when she knows she can always ask me to do it for her. Exciting to have a baby grand daughter to sew for.

  7. Rose where do you get the energy?? Love your pattern and would love to do it but unfortunately am still working my way through the UFO’s! Our group have a busy day tomorrow with Linus quilts. Looking forward to it. Great to get your news – enjoy???

    • Hi Dianne. Like you, I’m trying to make an inroad on my UFO’s. Cutting the backing fabric is making quite a satisfying dent in my stash. Hope the Linus day goes well – what a good charity to support.

  8. Wow Rose, I need a nap just listening to your excursions. How do you do all that and still make a quilt?
    This is a beautiful quilt, lots of pieces to manipulate in a variety of ways. Sounds like your kitchen is nearing completion. Good for you. We are still doing drywall and painting. I’ll never do this again, I’m too old for this constant mess. But it will be worth it in the end…I’m told!

    • Hi Linda. I’m sure it will be worth it – you’ll look back on all the hard work with happy memories. Just think how satisfying it will be to look on your own work in years to come. I’m afraid I didn’t even consider doing the work here myself – even though the 30 year old me would have attempted at least some of it.

  9. Good gracious Rose, I want some of what you’re having. I only did NEC from Swansea and back on Tuesday, and took until today to be “normal”. You are a gem keeping these patterns coming week after week. Much appreciated

    • Hi Judith. Ah, but the NEC is a long way from Swansea – it’s just a short trip for me now that I live in Birmingham. Were you there for Stitches as well?