Quilt USA: AQS Summer Quilt Along

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Gather your supplies and get ready for more 50 States fun with the Quilt USA quilt. This quilt features all 50 State blocks along with a USA applique center. Pick up where you left off last summer or join us for a new adventure.

Next week, the quilt along kicks off with the applique center. Each week thereafter features tutorials for the different techniques used in the blocks. Blocks with similar techniques will be grouped together.

All the state block instructions are already published and can be found by clicking on the state’s initials:

AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

Quilt USA

92″ x 105″

Fabric Requirements

Sashing, Center & Border Fabric: 4 yards

State Blocks & State Appliques: You may prefer to work from scraps or hand-select each states colors yourself. To aid you in the process, we have created American Made Brand Solids bundles:

The large bundle has ONE fat quarter of each of the fabrics we use in the quilt. Any additional yardage of a specific fabric you favor, may be purchased by the yard.

The smaller bundles group five State Blocks into one bundle. This let’s you purchase bundles as you work your way through the blocks, and includes any repeated fat quarters of the same color.

Cutting Instructions

From the sashing, center, and border fabric, cut:

(26) 1 1/2″ strips cut from the width of the fabric for sashing

  • subcut into┬á(78) 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangles

(10) 1 1/2″ strips cut from the width of the fabric for the borders

  • piece into (2) 1 1/2″ x 103″ strips and (2) 1 1/2″ x 92″ strips

(1) 40″ x 27″ rectangle

Applique Center

*Note: If you previously downloaded the pdfs, please delete the previous and download the new ones loaded below. The state of Michigan is corrected in the State Appliques and the outline is the corrected size. The corrected files end in 621.

Download the USA Applique Outline here.

To print the USA Outline, open the pdf in the Adobe Acrobat Reader, click on the print icon along the top, select the Poster feature found in the row of four rectangles in the center of the Print window. Set the Overlap to 0.5 or your desired overlap. Check the Cut marks box and print.

Using overlap guides, tape the outline together and lightly trace onto the 40″ x 27″ background.

Download the State Appliques here.

Using a double stick fusible like Lite Steam-A-Seam 2, trace the state appliques. Press to the wrong side of the state fabric and cut out. Peel away the paper and temporarily stick in place centering it in the designated states location. There with be a little gap between each state.

Once all the states are in place, top stitch each state to secure. You may wish to add a line of stitches for embellishment between the states.

Trim to 38 1/2″ x 25 1/2″ rectangle.

Be sure to join our growing community of quilters at the AQS Project Parade Facebook Group. There are lots of great quilters there to answer questions and encourage you along your quilting journey.

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