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.

Each week we group together some of the 50 states quilt blocks by technique and share tips and ticks for making those blocks.

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 (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 corrected files end in 628.

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.

Patchwork Piecing

50 states patchwork

Brush up on your patchwork piecing skills with the first tip post for making the 50 States quilt blocks!

Check back next week for the next tip post.

Show off your creations, connect with other quilters, and get inspired!

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.

Members get even more…

Find 50 State Mug Rugs featuring exclusive applique patterns for members!

50 states mug rug

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Thomas Estes

Area the color in each block the formal state colors or an option by the quilter?

Hi Thomas, The colors selected for each block are the vintage colors used in the past. As always, you can use any colors you like. Thanks, Betsey