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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6 replies
  1. Monica
    Monica says:

    I still love your curly que ones! So cool! But I like this one too. Seems a bit beyond a beginners level though, huh? So do you just see pictures of these blocks and then figure out how to make them yourself, or do you get instructions from somewhere and then make them fit what you’re trying to do?

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  2. […] 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 […]

  3. […] 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. […]

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