Road Trip Quilt Along: Pennsylvania Parade

Pennsylvania is a long state and the Pennsylvania Turnpike is rather expensive.  And why is there always construction in Pennsylvania?  Always!  Also, the Penguins totally choked in the Stanley Cup playoffs this year.  But let’s make the Pennsylvania Parade quilt block, shall we?

Note: I used a checked fabric instead of the gray background fabric when I wrote the tutorial.  I decided the block was “too busy” so I redid it using the gray.

Cutting directions:

Fabric 1: (4) 2.5 inch x 4.5 inch rectangles

Flying geese:

Fabric 1: (1) 5.25 inch square
Fabric 2 (background): (4) 3-inch squares


Fabric 1: (1) 5.25 inch square
Fabric 2: (1) 5.25 inch square
Fabric 3: (2) 5-inch square, cut once on diagonal

Center Square:

Fabric 3: (1) 3-3/8 inch square
Fabric 2: (2) 3.25 inch square, cut on diagonal

First create the center square.  This is pretty self explanatory, so I’m just going to sum up.  Send me an email or leave a comment if you have specific questions.  You have four triangles (the two squares you cut on the diagonal) and one 3-3/8 inch square.  Line up the long side of a triangle with an edge of the square and sew with 1/4 inch inseam.  Repeat on the opposite side.  Iron the triangles open.  Sew the two remaining triangles to the two remaining edges of the square.  Trim the center square to 4.5 inches.

How to construct the flying geese

We will use the same method to construct the flying geese as we did for the Virginia Star.

Place two of the smaller squares on top of the larger square, right sides together.  Line up the small squares in opposite corners of the larger square.  Draw a line from point to point through the small squares.

Sew a line of stitches 1/4 inch away from the center line on each side of the line.  Cut the pieces apart on the line,  Iron the small triangles away from the larger piece.

Line up each of the two remaining small squares on one of the remaining corners of the large square.  Draw a line from corner to corner on the small square, beginning between the two small triangles.  Stitch a line of stitches 1/4 inch to each side of the line, cut apart on the line.

Iron open the final small triangle.  Trim the geese to 2.5 inches x 4.5 inches.  Attach one of the 2.5 inch x 4.5 inch rectangles to each of the flying geese (not pictured).

How to construct the corner squares

Begin as you would for a half square triangle.  Place two of the 5.25 inch squares right sides together.  Draw a line from corner to corner.

Sew a line 1/4 inch on each side of the line.  Cut the piece apart on the line.  Iron the square open.  Cut in half on the diagonal, in the opposite direction of the line that divided the two fabrics.

You now have (4) triangles composed of two fabrics each.  Match each one with one of the triangles that resulted from cutting the 5-inch squares apart.

Place right sides together and sew along the long edge.  Iron open.  Trim to 4.5 inches.

Arrange the pieces as shown below.  Sew the blocks into rows, then sew the rows together.

As I mentioned, the block above is too busy.  Here’s the redo, with her friends Virginia and Maryland.

3 replies
  1. Leo
    Leo says:

    The blocks seem to get easier (I don’t think it’s me who’s getting much better) … I’m enjoying the fiddly sewing, but of course I’m no measure, everything past sewing squares together is fiddly for me.
    Thanks fro taking me (us) along the journey, I can just guess whereabouts you are. I do know where Florida is and where California is, and I can sort of place New York and then I’m lost.

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