Thursday, November 4, 2021

Arizona Star Quilt Block Tutorial


Hello! I hope you're having a great week! I'm back today with the next National Day scrap project block. Today's block is for National Arizona Day which was on June 21st. 



I knew I wanted to do an Arizona block - we have lots of fond memories there, and family living there. A few years ago, our nephew there got married and Mr. Sonny wore a suit and was the ring bearer. This pic was taken when we got there early to help set up. He's about a foot taller now. *sniff* 



Here he is with his Papa and cousins. My SIL sent this to me.





Then it proceeded to POUR rain!! In Arizona! :) It was such a cool venue! My phone battery tanked, though and I don't have any good pics from during or after. But lots of fun was had! And these days the bride and groom have two toddlers!




While there, we took a side trip to the AZ Science Museum.. it had a great planetarium. Also, the shirt he got there still fits him and he still wears it..even though there's a hole under the arm. haha




Then, in 2019, on our epic road trip, we made a few stops in AZ.

The donkey descendants who still roam the streets of Oatman, an old western town..







Grand Canyon National Park..






Petrified Forest National Park..




Painted Desert..




Cliff Dwellings at Walnut Canyon..




Sunset Crater..




Meteor Crater..




So many recent memories in AZ! Plus, when I was a kid, we used to drive to Flagstaff to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousins for Spring break. Good times!

So my quilt HAD to have this block! The shape of the state wasn't very inspiring so I based this one on the state flag. I like it! And it's pretty simple!

Here's how it works.




Fabric A - Navy
(2) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (***)
(1) 2 1/2 x 3 1/2"
(2) 3 1/2" sq.


Fabric B - Gold
(1) 2 1/2" sq.
(8) 1 1/2" sq. (*)


Fabric C - Yellow
(4) 2 1/2" sq.


Fabric D - Red
(2) 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (***)
(1) 2 1/2 x 3 1/2"
(2) 3 1/2" sq.





Double Upper Corners

1. Place a square at the left end or left upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper to left lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.
4. Place a square at the right end or right upper corner of a rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
5. Stitch from left upper corner to right lower corner.
6. Clip, flip & press.



--Using above method, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2" rect. of Fabric A-short edge at the top and (2) 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric B, make one unit.

--Repeat using above method, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2" rect. of Fabric D-short edge at the top and (2) 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric B.


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Left Upper Clip & Flip

1. Place square at upper end or left upper corner of rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from right upper to left lower  corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.



--Using above method, 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" rect. of Fabric C-long edge at the top and 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric B, make one unit.

--Repeat using 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" rect. of Fabric A-long edge at the top and 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric B.


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Right Upper Clip & Flip

1. Place square at upper end or right upper  corner of rectangle or larger square, right sides together.
2. Stitch from left upper to right lower corner.
3. Clip, flip & press.

    

--Using above method, 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" rect. of Fabric C-long edge at the top and 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric B, make one unit.

--Repeat using 1 1/2 x 3 1/2" rect. of Fabric A-long edge at the top and 1 1/2" sq. of Fabric B.


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Using SCANT quarter inch seams, assemble your "Arizona Star" quilt block as shown below.




You'll have an 8 1/2" "ARIZONA STAR" quilt block. ha! Does that exist yet? If not, I just invented it. It's my take on the state flag. I'll forever call it the Arizona Star block now. haha :)








Thanks for popping in to read today and for enduring my trip down our AZ memory lane. :) I'll be back soon with more blocks! See you then! Have a great Friday!

Happy Stitching!

xoxo,



P.S. I love to see blocks and quilts that are made with any of my patterns. If you make any and post on social media, please come find me in any of the places listed below, and tag me so I can see! :) If you're on YouTube, check out the short musical video tutorials of some of these blocks. I'm hoping they might inspire kids, or anyone really, to learn to sew. :) Plus, they're just fun to do.



I'm keeping all of these blocks organized on the National Days quilt blocks page *HERE*if you're looking for any of the other 90 or so blocks I've posted so far. Getting closer to my goal of 144 blocks! If you know someone who loves MinecraftPokemon, and or Harry Potter, check out these free sew alongs, too! :) And if you're looking for any of my print patterns, or other fun quilty gifts, check out my Etsy shop here. Happy Friday & Happy Weekend!
xx

3 comments...:

Barb C. said...

Thank you for the tutorial and beautiful pictures! There is so much beauty in our world if we just take the time to look!

MissPat said...

Your photos today reminded me of posts by Barbara at Three Cats Ranch (Catpatches.blogspot.com), who visited many of these Arizona locations on a recent camping trip. Such incredible country and amazing land formations.

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