Figure 1: Construction diagram and final block
Figure 1: Construction diagram and final block

Each State in America has its own block some even have more than one. Many people use these blocks to make personal sampler quilts with blocks showing the State they were born and where they lived or perhaps where their parents and grandparents came from.

This block is based on a five patch grid. The drafting is easiest if you base it on a number easily divisible by five; 10 inches for example. If you wanted it to fit in with some other 12in blocks you could make it 10in and then add a 1in border to all the edges. Or add a 2in border to two sides to give an attic windows effect.

To piece the block follow the construction diagram shown in Figure 1. Every unit has bias edges so try not to stretch the diamonds or triangles out of shape. Press with a dry iron, not a steam iron. Figure 2 shows the blocks laid edge to edge but every alternate block has been rotated. To add interest in the central section we have changed the colour of some triangles to give little pinwheels.

Figure 3 shows the same layout but this time with many colours used. Only the long diamonds remain constant. Keeping one part of the quilt constant helps bind it together. This would be lovely sewn in just one colour, blues for example. What blocks would you choose to represent your county? I live in Cheshire so it would have to be a Cheshire Cat, or maybe Cheese? Let us know in the forum, in the County Blocks thread.

Figure 2: Edge to edge layout with pinwheels
Figure 2: Edge to edge layout with pinwheels
Figure 3: Scrappy look with only the pink diamonds constant
Figure 3: Scrappy look with only the pink diamonds constant