Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

Okay, time to head to New Jersey. Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about New Jersey, but I’ve got a good friend who lives there and it’s called the “garden state” so it sounds lovely enough, right? (Let’s just forget about all the Jersey Shore stereotype and focus on the “garden”, okay? We all love a nice garden, and you are going to love this block!)

There are a number of different ways this block could be put together. Possibilities I’m using include use mostly half square triangles or make the “legs” of the x a single piece of fabric. Instead, I’ll show you how to construct this block as a 3×3 grid made up of flying geese and half square triangles.

Road Trip Quilt Along 2013: New Jersey

Cutting directions for New Jersey quilt block:

From background fabric (gray for me):
(4) 2.5 inch x 4.5 inch rectangles

From fabric 2 (dark pink):
(1) 3-1/8 inch square (for center on point square)
(6) 3-inch squares (to use in the corner half square triangles)

From fabric 3 (yellow-gold):
(4) 2.5-inch squares
(12) 3-inch squares
*6 of these will be paired with dark pink to make HSTs
*sub-cut 2 of these on the diagonal to make 4 triangles to use around the center on-point square
*4 of these will be used to make flying geese

From fabric 4 (dark orange):
(1) 5.25 inch square (used to make 4 flying geese)

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

Construct the block

1. Make the center square.
Use the 3-1/8 inch square of Fabric 2. Along each edge, sew a triangle from 1/2 of a 3-inch square. Trim the center square to 4.5 inches.

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

2. Make 12 half square triangles using (6) 3-inch squares of Fabric 2 and (6) 3-inch squares of Fabric 3. For a review of how to make HSTs, please revisit the Maryland tutorial. Trim each finished HST to 2.5-inches.

3. Make 4 flying geese using the 5.25 inch square of Fabric 4 and (4) 3-inch squares of Fabric 3. This is my favorite method for flying geese, but it works best when you need 4 (or multiples of 4) geese.

The first step is similar to how you make a HST. Begin by aligning two 3-inch squares in opposite corners of the 5.25-inch square. Draw a line from corner to corner, bisecting both of the smaller squares.

Sew a 1/4 inch line of stitches to each side of line you just drew. Cut the piece apart on the drawn line.

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

Iron the small triangles up away from the large triangle you created with your cut.

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

Align the remaining 3-inch squares in the remaining “empty” corner of the larger triangles. Again, draw a line bisecting the square into 2 triangles. The line will begin at the “empty” corner of the large triangle and end between where the two smaller triangles are attached.

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

Sew a line of stitches 1/4 inch to each side of the line you drew and cut the piece apart on the drawn line.

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

Iron the final small triangle open. Trim the flying goose to 4.5 inches x 2.5 inches.

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

4. Put together the sub-units of the block.
4a. Sew each flying goose unit to a 4.5 x 2.5 inch rectangle of background fabric along the long edge of the center triangle.
4b. Combine 3 half square triangles with (1) 2.5 inch square of Fabric 3 as seen below.

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

5. Sew the 9 sub-units into rows, sew the rows together, and your done! Don’t forget to share your block in the Road Trip Quilt Along Flickr group!

Road Trip Quilt Along: New Jersey

Linking this up as my finish this week.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Delaware

I have not actually spent any significant time in Delaware. At most, I’ve driven through a portion. So, if you’ve been there, tell me something fun to do in Delaware.

This block is pretty straight forward and should come together really easily for you.

Cutting directions:

From background fabric:
Cut (1) 2.5 inch square
Cut (2) 6 inch squares, then sub-cut each of these on the diagonal to make 2 triangles (4 total)

From each of two focus fabrics:
Cut (2) 5.5 x 2.5 inch rectangles
Cut (1) 6.25 inch square

Road Trip Quilt Along tutorial: Delaware

Making the block

Create half square triangles from the 6.25 inch squares.  Place the fabric right sides together. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. Sew a line 1/4 inch to each side of the drawn line. Cut the square apart on the drawn line. Iron open. For instructions with photos, go back to the Maryland tutorial.

Road Trip Quilt Along tutorial: Delaware

When you’ve finished the HSTs, cut them apart on the diagonal through both fabrics as shown below.

Road Trip Quilt Along tutorial: Delaware

Place each 2-color triangle right sides together with one of the triangles of background fabric and sew along the long edge. Iron open. Trim this piece to 5.5 inches.

Road Trip Quilt Along tutorial: Delaware

From here, it’s just laying out the remaining pieces of the block and sewing them together.

Road Trip Quilt Along tutorial: Delaware

Easy! But remember to sew the pieces together so your background HSTs all point to the center? See that line at the top of this block: that’s where I sewed the last row on upside down. The seam ripper is my most important sewing tool!

Road Trip Quilt Along: Delaware

Road Trip Quilt Along: Maryland

From Virginia, our road trip takes us north into Maryland. During last year’s road trip, we made a Maryland Star, so this year, we’ll try something different. I’ve seen this called “Maryland Beauty” and it involves a series of “feathered triangles” with the feathers measuring just one inch. My husband saw me making this block with teeny tiny triangles and he said: “Why would you do that to yourself.”

Me: “Because. Doesn’t it look awesome?”
Hubs: “Yes. But … why would you do that to yourself?”

It’s worth the reward!

Cutting direction for Maryland Beauty quilt block:

Background fabric:
1/2 of a 13-inch square cut on the diagonal
1/2 of a 7-inch square cut on the diagonal
(18) 2-inch squares

From each of 3 focus fabrics:
1/2 of a 6-inch square cut on the diagonal (3, 1/2 squares in total)
(5) 2-inch squares (15 in total)
Road Trip Quilt Along: Maryland quilt block tutorial

Create Half Square Triangles

From the (15) 2-inch squares of focus fabric and 15 of the 2-inch squares of background fabric, create half square triangles. Here’s how:

Align 1 square of focus fabric and 1 square of background fabric right sides together.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Maryland quilt block tutorial

Draw a diagonal line through the square.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Maryland quilt block tutorial

Sew a line 1/4 from each side of the marked line.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Maryland quilt block tutorial

Cut the square in two along the line.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Maryland quilt block tutorial

Iron each of the 2 halves open.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Maryland quilt block tutorial

Trim each to 1.5 inches.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Maryland quilt block tutorial

Repeat 14 times. You will end up with 10 half square triangles from each of 3 fabrics, but you only need 9 of them.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Maryland quilt block tutorial

Cut the remaining 3 squares of background fabric in half on the diagonal.

Put the block together

Begin with one of you 6-inch half square of focus fabric. You will add the small half square triangles along two edges. Road Trip Quilt Along: Maryland quilt block tutorial

All small HSTs will face the same direction. Sew 4 of them together horizontally, and add an extra half square of background fabric to the end. Sew 5 more small HSTs together vertically and add an extra half square of background fabric to the bottom.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Maryland quilt block tutorial

Attach first the shorter piece and then the longer pieces to the large half square of focus fabric. Trim the long edge of the triangle so it is 45-degrees from each of the other edges.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Maryland quilt block tutorial

Sew this piece to the 7-inch half square of background fabric.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Maryland quilt block tutorial

Trim the resulting square to 6.5 inches.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Maryland quilt block tutorial

Create 2 additional feathered triangles by the same method and sew one to each remaining edge of the background fabric half square. Sew this entire piece to the half 13-inch square of background fabric.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Maryland quilt block tutorial

Trim your Maryland Beauty block to 12.5 inches.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Maryland quilt block tutorial

Maryland Beauty block: the cheater way

If you agree with my husband and think “why would I do that to myself?”, there is a short cut to this block. It’s much easier to put together, but just remember: it’s not nearly as awesome!

You’ll need:
From background fabric:
1/2 of a 13-inch square cut on the diagonal
1/2 of a 7-inch square cut on the diagonal

From each of 3 focus fabrics:
1/2 of a 7-inch square cut on the diagonal (3, 1/2 squares in total)

Put the block together just as the direction indicate, but instead of constructing and then using the feathered triangles, you’ll just use the 1/2 7-inch squares.
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Road Trip Quilt Along: Virginia

Hello and welcome to the first stop on the Road Trip Quilt Along: Virginia. This quilt along was born last summer when my family travelled through a total of 16 states in 8 weeks. In order to keep myself sewing while we were away, I decided to make a quilt block to represent each state we travelled through. This year, the road trip isn’t really happening, but the blocks we’ll be making represent states that are contiguous, so this is a hypothetical road trip, and you really could travel this route if you desired. When we are finished, we will have 12 blocks representing states from the northeastern United States.

Last year’s road trip also began in Virginia, and I showed you how to make a Virginia Star. This year, we’ll make something else to represent Virginia: the Virginia Reel (though, as of 2 weeks ago, I no longer live in Virginia. Perhaps next year we’ll begin our road trip in Missouri!).

Cutting directions:

*note: the block can be made with 2 different fabrics, rather than 4, as I used. If using 2 fabrics, you will need 2 center squares of each color.*

Center: Cut a 2-inch square of each color.

Radiating triangles: *You will need 1/2 squares (cut in half on the diagonal) of each color. If you are using 2 fabrics, you will use both halves. If you are using 4 fabrics, you will only use one half.*

Cut a square of each color in each of the following sizes:
3-1/8 inch
4 inch
5-1/4 inch
7 inch

Cut each square in half on the diagonal to make two triangles.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Virginia Reel tutorial

Construct the Virginia Reel block

All seams are 1/4 inch.

Sew the 4 center squares into a 4-patch. If using 2 fabrics, alternate their placement so a square is not adjacent to one of the same fabric. If your seam allowances are accurate, you should have a 3.5 inch 4-patch block.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Virginia Reel tutorial

Add the first round (smallest) triangles. The bottom left corner of each triangle should be touching the square of the same fabric. Trim this block to 4.75 inches square.

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Add the next larger size triangle. Again, the bottom left corner of the triangle should be touching the triangle from the same fabric.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Virginia Reel tutorial

Trim the block to 6.5 inches.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Virginia Reel tutorial

Continue in the same manner for the two remaining rounds of triangles. Trim the resulting block to 9 inches, and finally to 12.5 inches.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Virginia Reel tutorial

I cut out a second center square of each color and used my other 1/2 square triangles to make a second block.

Road Trip Quilt Along: Virginia Reel tutorial

Easy, right? I thought this was a really fun block. Come and share yours in the Road Trip Quilt Along Flickr group!

 

Road Trip Quilt Along a GO

aka: Let’s DO this thing

aka: I finally found a little time to sew

aka: I’m starved for sewing interaction, please play with me?

The Road Trip Quilt Along, which was going to start the first Friday of June will BEGIN THIS FRIDAY, July 5th. Hooray! This week, I managed to make notes for the first 4 blocks, and I’ve already finished making the first block, Virginia Reel. I’ll post the tutorial Friday.

I will continue to post a tutorial of one state block every Friday for 12 week as we travel through 12 states on our hypothetical road trip from Virginia, up through Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York. Then we’ll travel through the New England states and back to Virginia by way of Pennsylvania.

Road Trip Quilt Along: block 3 Delaware plan

Supplies

This is a sampler quilt composed of twelve 12-inch blocks with sashing.  The nature of a sampler means it’s tough to give you exact amounts of fabric that you will need. I recommend 2 yards of background fabric, and 2 to 2.5 yards of other fabric. So 4-5 half yards, 8-10 fat quarters, you get the idea.

I will be using all solids for my version of this sampler, in the color palette below. The dark gray is Kona coal and that will be my background.

Road Trip Quilt Along: solids color choice

The first block that we’ll be making, Virginia Reel, works equally well with 2 or 4 fabrics. I will be using 4 (and consequently, ending up with 2 blocks).

Road Trip Quilt Along: first block colors

Please join the Road Trip Quilt Along Flickr group to share your fabric choices and blocks. Hope to see you Friday!

The Road Trip Ends (Finally!)

I am beyond thrilled to finally have finished this quilt. For awhile there, I was convinced I would never finish it. The process was long. Though only a twin sized, this is the largest quilt I have quilted on my home machine and I was using this project to learn free motion quilting, so I was definitely taking baby steps toward the finish.

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Since this is the quilt from my Road Trip Quilt Along, each block represents a state, so I quilted the state names below each block (can you see it?).

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This is one of my favorite quilted blocks. I love the look of the flowers and half flowers, and I feel like I was finally getting a grasp on free motion quilting by the time I quilted this block, so it looks nice and even as well.

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The back is pieced and includes a lot of my scraps from working on the Quilt Along blocks, as well as a couple of rejected blocks.

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I did a nice back and forth loop on the border (inspired by Amylouwho on instagram) with flowers in the corner. I love the stripe-y yellow and gray binding.

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I am so proud of this quilt and the fact that I used it to learn free motion quilting. It’s reassuring to see my physical progress. I definitely need lots more practice, but you can see how far I’ve come. Below, you can see some pebbling I did in one of the first blocks I quilted on the left, and on the right, the same pattern in one of my later blocks.

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This quilt has taken residence in the living room, and in addition to a quilt, it has already been an elevator, the ocean, a hideout, and an animal home. I am sure it will be well-loved by our family!

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More fun finishes from the quilting world at Crazy Mom Quilts and Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday.

Prepping for a Road Trip

Last summer, my family traveled through 16 states over the course of 2 months away from home.  That trip inspired me to host the Road Trip Quilt Along.  Each week, beginning in June, I posted a tutorial for a state quilt block representing one of the states we traveled through.  By the middle of September, I had posted 16 block tutorials and was able to put together a sampler quilt (it’s still not finished; but the quilting is in progress!).

This summer, we will NOT be taking a road trip of that magnitude.  However, when summer rolls around, I will still host a summer Road Trip Quilt along.  The states represent an imaginary road trip that one could actually travel if inspired to do so.  My long term plan is to continue to host a summer Road Trip Quilt Along until I have covered all states in the United States.

Like last year, I will begin again in Virginia, and travel north through Maryland.

Road Trip Quilt Along 2013: VA - Virginia Reel Road Trip Quilt Along 2013: MD - Maryland Beauty

Then it is on to Delaware, New Jersey, and New York.

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We will continue through New England with Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

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The return trip will come back across the northern states and finish with Vermont and Pennsylvania.

Road Trip Quilt Along 2013: Vermont Road Trip Quilt Along 2013: PA-Wyoming Valley

There will be twelve 12-inch finished state quilt blocks in this Road Trip Quilt Along, rather than 16 like last year, and with borders, the finished quilt will be 56 inches x 70 inches.  Or, you could hang onto your blocks until next year and make a larger quilt.  Three states will repeat from last year, but since there are often several blocks that represent a states, no blocks will repeat.

I have spent way too many hours over the last few days researching various state blocks, drawing them out, and then creating the graphics you see above.  Before the road trip this summer, I hope to learn how to make printable templates for the paper pieced blocks so that you can you simply print them off, rather than following my directions to make your own.

Mark your calendar.  The road trip will begin Friday, June 7th, 2013.  Will you join me?

Road Trip Quilt Along sampler quilt 2013

WINNER: Road Trip Quilt Along Giveaway

Hey, look at that!  I know it seems like #1 is hardly ever the winner of a random number generator, it has just as much change of being the first random number as any other number.

The winner of the Road Trip Quilt Along Giveaway is #1.

That was Majorie, who said

Hi Emm…..just got back from Lancaster,PA. I have all 16 finished, but not finishing the top right now. I may make it bigger…..all my pictures are on Flickr; do you still want me to post them all together again in a post?

Marjorie, email me your address and I will get this little bundle of fat quarters out in the mail to you.

Here is a photo from Marjorie’s blog with 8 of her completed Road Trip Quilt Along blocks. You can see the rest of her blocks in our Flickr pool.

Road Trip Quilt Along: a GIVEAWAY!

Hello all.  I meant to post this Friday, when I had been posting our Road Trip Quilt Along Tutorials.  And then I was going to get it up Saturday.  When that didn’t happen, I thought first thing Sunday morning would be the time.  Well, here we are, headed toward bedtime on Sunday evening, and I finally have a few (a very few, before I have to throw the little ones in the tub) moments to post this giveaway for you.

How are your Road Trip blocks coming along?  I worked really hard last week so that I get all these put together to show you.  I cut my sashing to 2.5 inches so that it would finish at 2 inches.  I wanted the length to be a little larger than the width, so I randomly sewed together strips of the scraps I used in the quilt blocks and made an additional 6 inch border on the top and bottom.  The yellow border will finish at 1 inch, just an accent, like the mat on a picture, and I plan to add one more, slightly wider border around the outside.  

As a thank you for those of you who have played along with me for 16 weeks, I wanted to offer you a little giveaway.  Since this is a road trip quilt along, I thought cars were appropriate.  They are Ready, Set, Go Organic cars by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman.  I added a few coordinating Kona solids and a cut of the leaf print from Denyse Schmidt’s Meadowlark collection for JoAnn.

To enter to win this bundle of five fat quarters:

Just leave a comment with a link to a blog post or photo of 8 finished Road Trip Quilt Along blocks.

If you’ve finished all 16 blocks, leave another comment telling me so.

This giveaway will close Saturday, September 29th, at 11:59pm EDT.  I’ll pick the winner Sunday morning.

Road Trip Quilt Along: West Virginia

Well, road trippers, this is THE END.  The very last of 16 state blocks.  It’s been quite a journey.  Finish this one up, and then it time to head home, unpack and sleep in your own bed.  And by that I mean, make something out of these 16 blocks (or however many you finished).

I’ve been looking forward to this last block since the very beginning because I thought that it looked amazing on paper.  It looks pretty awesome in fabric form as well!  I am going to give directions for a method that involves a lot of little half square triangles (1-1/2 inches a side, finished), but there is a different method at Bella Online if you want to check that out as well.

I’ve seen this one with 3 focus fabrics in addition to the background fabric.  That results in the appearance of an on-point square framing the center 8-point star.

I’m going to just use two focus fabrics and continue with my background fabric where the 3rd fabric would be so that the star really stands out.

Cutting directions for West Virginia quilt block

(4) 3.5 squares [background fabric][or fabric 3, if you’re using the first design option]
(8) 2 inch squares [background fabric]
(16) 2.5 inch squares [background fabric]

(12) 2.5 inch squares [fabric 1]

(12) 2.5 inch squares [fabric 2]

Constructing West Virginia quilt block

Begin by making a whole pile of HSTs, using all the 2.5 inch squares.  Match 8 of the 2.5 inch squares of background fabric with eight 2.5 inch squares of fabric 1.  Match the other eight 2.5 inch squares of background fabric with eight 2.5 inch squares of fabric 2.

The remaining 4 squares of [fabric 1] will each be matched with one of the remaining 4 squares of [fabric 2].

Sew the squares together as we’ve done in the past to make HSTs, cut them apart on the center line, iron open (directions for half square triangles in the Maryland block, if you need a refresher).  Trim each of the FORTY half square triangles to 2 inches.  Phew!

Okay.  Now lay out all the pieces of your block in the correct arrangement and begin sewing pairs of 2-inch squares together.  This is an excellent opportunity for chain piecing! Just pair the squares, line them up, and run them through your sewing machine!

I forgot to take a picture before I began sewing the squares together, but here’s what my block looked like after the first pass of chain piecing pairs.

I’m not going to tell you the exact order in which to put your pieces together at this point because there are about a bajillion different ways it could be done.  I am going to recommend this: since there are so many seams, sew the block together in several sections.  Trim the sections to the correct size and then sew the sections together.  This will prevent little discrepancies in your seam allowances from multiplying into big discrepancies at the whole block level.

I trimmed when I had 6 sections.  The four corner sections were trimmed to 6.5 inches x 5 inches.  The two center sections were trimmed to to 6.5 inches x 3.5 inches

Sew the sections together and trim your block to 12.5 inches.

And hey!  Look at that!  We have finished ALL 16 STATE BLOCKS!

I made 4 of my blocks with a yellow background, so I think that my final arrangement will have them going across the quilt from corner to corner.  Also, I’m pretty sure I’m going to end up re-doing Pennsylvania.  I already re-did it once because version one was just way too busy.  I thought that the toned down version (which I still didn’t love, even from when I first made it) would grow on me, and/or be fine as part of the whole quilt, but it’s not the case.  It still makes me cringe a little.  Third time’s the charm?

Come back next week for a little giveaway for anyone who has completed 8 blocks.  Extra entry if you’ve finished all 16.  I’ll leave the giveaway open for a week, so you have two weeks from now to finish everything up.

Go!