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Kansas Sunflower Quilt Block

January 24, 2021

I am so thrilled to be part of the quilt blocks across America tour.  I am the 24th block on the stop.  I begged for this particular week because January 29 is Kansas Day!  Kansas Day has always been one of my favorite days.  We love to celebrate the birth of our state and I figured what better way to celebrate Kansas's birthday this year than a Sunflower Quilt Block.  We are the sunflower state after all.  

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Making Tri-Rec Units For Kansas Sunflower Quilt Block


This is a 6 1/2" block and all the blocks on the tour are the same size.  You will need a Tri-Rec ruler for this block. If you haven't used a Tri-Rec before this blog post may help you.  In the pattern, it will tell you to fold your strips in half but in the video, I didn't do that. Newer quilters sometimes struggle with cutting multiple layers at once.  You cut the pieces the way that works for you.  It truly doesn't matter in the end, the important part is getting the pieces cut accurately. 
Kansas Sunflower Quilt Block


I also mention in the pattern to follow the instructions that were included with your rulers.  When Paul proofread the pattern he started giggling because he knew full-well I didn't have a clue where the instructions were that came with our rulers.  Tri-Rec units are easy to sew if you remember two crucial things.

  1. Align pieces narrow end to wide end.  When you cut your pieces, you'll have equilateral triangles (sort of not true equilateral but close) and two legs that are right triangles.  Yep, taking us back to third-grade geometry class folks!  If you align the wide end of the legs to the narrow part of the center triangle you'll be golden.
  2. There is a flat edge on the narrow end of the legs.  That flat edge needs to line up across the bottom of the center triangle.  There will be a bit of the center triangle showing but that's OK.  If you line up the corner of the leg piece to the point of the center triangle when you press it open it won't lay right.  You need that little piece poking out.

 Get The Kansas Sunflower Quilt Block Pattern

You can get the free 6.5" block in my online store. The pattern is in PDF form so you will be downloading a file.  The PDF also has links back to this post so you will be able to find the hints anytime you want.  The block uses Moda Grunge fabric which is widely available in my area. If you are unable to find it in your area I suggest ordering from Fat Quarter Shop or Overbrook Quilt Connection. Be sure to come back on Friday to see how I used the Kansas Sunflower quilt block in a project.

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Get All The Blocks

You will want to get all of the blocks on the tour.  You can do that by going to Block of the Month's website.  If you want check out all the designers on the tour be sure to scroll down just a bit more to visit everyone's website!  Last week we went to Rhode Island and you have the option of a fabric pieced block or a wool applique block.  Next week we head to Nevada with Slice of Pi. 

kansas sunflower quilt block




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2 comments

  1. Thank you. This looks like a fun block to make. It would be pretty as the center of place mats

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  2. Thank you for your pattern.
    Never tried anything like it :-) Hope it turns out well.

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