I call this block “The County Fair” because of the pillow panel fabric I used for the center-it reminds me of a county fair. To coordinate with the center are two prints. The block itself is 16” by 20” -finished, and when sashing and borders are added makes for a fairly quick and easy quilt. As with the original quilt I designed years ago, a border print was used for the sashing. The quilt finishes queen size as pictured. The center of the block is 8” by 10” so I could print Bible verses. This design would also make a great photo quilt for any theme. To learn how to print photos to fabric, FaveQuilts.com has great resources.
My original quilt was made for our motor home and I can’t believe that was almost 20 years ago.
As you can see, I was into border prints then, also. Love finding them. There were two border prints used in the original quilt along with a solid and a coordinating print. The size of the quilt will depend on the width of border prints if used. There are 12 blocks in this quilt.
The County Fair Quilt Block
- center-cut 8 1/2” by 10 1/2”
- ¼ yd.-1st set of triangles
- 1/3 yd.-2nd set of triangles
- sashing: [strips between blocks]
- cut strips -4 1/2” wide
- cornerstones: [squares at corners of blocks in sashing strips]
- cut 4 1/2” squares
- 2 borders: [around outside of quilt]
- cut strips-4 1/2” wide
- [you may prefer one border cut 8 1/2” wide instead of 2 borders]
General quilting guidelines:
1/4” seams are used, press all seams as you go, pressing seams in alternating rows allows seams to “nest” to lessen bulk at cross seams
To make block:
1. Sew triangles  to top and bottom of center square
2. Sew triangles  to sides of center square
3. Sew  triangles onto block
For quilt: quilt is constructed by sewing rows together across [see quilt photo]
row 1 [SEW 3]: block -sashing-block-sashing-block-sashing-block [press seams
row 2 [SEW 2]: 16 1/2” sashing strip-4 1/2” cornerstone-s.s., c., s.s., c., s.s. [press
seams towards right]
Sew rows 1 and 2 together matching seams for 1st set—–Repeat for set 2
Sew 2 sets together, matching seams, Sew remaining row 1 to last row
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