Sorry, road trippers. I’m a little bit late on the tutorial this week. Looks like we had a leisurely breakfast, and we’re getting on the road late!
This week, we’re heading to Illinois, which is my home state, so of course I have a fondness for it. When my husband and I were still dating, this is what he said the first time he came to visit me, driving north through Illinois: “Corn! All I saw for 5 hours was corn!” I promise there is a lot more to the state than corn, though that definitely dominates the landscape in much of the state.
There are several variations of the Illinois quilt block, I found this one at Quilter’s Cache. Looking at it now, it seems I reversed the direction of the half square triangle pieces in the corners, but the beauty of quilting is that is open to your creative interpretation!
Cutting directions for Illinois quilt block
For the center:
(1) 3-3/8 inch square [Fabric 1]
(2) 3 inch squares, cut on the diagonal to make (4) triangles [Background fabric]
(2) 5.25 inch squares [Fabric 1]
(8) 3 inch squares [Background fabric]
Half square triangles:
(2) 5 inch squares [Fabric 2]
(2) 5 inch squares [Background fabric]
Since we have already made the three components of this block in our other state blocks, I’m not going to go in to detail about how to construct them.
1. Put the center square in a square together.
Simply sew the long edge of each of the triangles to one side of the 3-3/8 inch square. The center of this block is the same has the Pennsylvania Parade block. Trim to 4.5 inches.
2. Construct (8) Flying geese pieces.
If you need a refresher, head on back to that Pennsylvania block for directions. Trim each flying goose to 4.5 x 2.5 inches.
3. Construct (4) corner squares of half square triangles.
If you don’t recall how to make half square triangles, head back to Maryland when we first made them.
And that’s it! Arrange the pieces as shown below. Sew the pieces into rows. Sew the rows together. Trim the block to 12.5 inches.
Illinois joins her other friendly state blocks: Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana.