Hello road trippers! Seat belts fastened? We’re supposed to be heading to Maryland today, however, I’m writing this Thursday night and I’m about to take my sister out to celebrate the last days of her single life over a bottle of wine and it seems I won’t finish the entire block before tomorrow. I’ll post Monday, but let’s get started today.
Maryland is a little tricky for a 12-inch block because it is essentially divided into a 5×5 grid. Twelve does not divide very evenly by 5 so there will be a little bit of approximating going on here. [By the way, if there are any more experienced quilters out there who have a better way of doing this, please let me know!]
[WARNING: Math ahead! Proceed slowly!]
We are going to pretend that each of the 25 squares that this block breaks down into are 2-7/16 inches, square. That means, with seam allowances, we will trim to 2-15/16 inches. Thus, if all seam allowances are correct, the finished block with be 12-11/16 inches. Since we trim to 12.5 inches, there will be an extra 3/16 inch we have to remove. If you make your seam allowances just a hair larger than exactly 1/4 inch, the finished block will be even closer to the desired size.
You can start out by cutting out (8) squares from your background fabric that are 2-15/16 inches.
Center: (1) 2-15/16 inch square
For the four (4) paper pieced sections: middle piece: (4) 2-15/16 squares
For the background: (8) 3-inch x 1.75-inch rectangles.
Half square triangles: Four (4), 3.5-inch squares background fabric
Four (4), 3.5 inch squares, accent fabric (the outer star points).
Quarter square triangles: (1) 3.75-inch square (to match center); (1) 3.75-inch square to match the star points; (2) 3.75-inch square.
Part 1 Directions
To make the template for the paper pieced portion, first draw out a 2-7/16-inch square on freezer paper (or regular paper if you don’t have freezer paper). Fold the square in half to find the center. Draw a line from the bottom left corner to the center of the top line. Draw a line from the bottom right corner to the center of the top line.
Add a 1/4 inch seam allowance all the way around this paper pieced portion.
Iron the freezer paper to the fabric that will be the center of this portion of this section. [If you don’t have freezer paper and you are using regular paper, you can just pin.] The wrong side of the fabric will be ironed to the waxy side of the freezer paper.
Flip the paper back open and iron the background piece open away from the center.
Repeat for the other side. Fold the paper back along the diagonal line. Trim to 1/4 inch away fro the fold. Line up the background fabric with the raw edge. Sew very close to the paper in the fold without piercing the paper.
Repeat for all four pieces and trim to 2-15/16 inches.