Super Easy Georgia Quilt Block - a Free Tutorial
Posted by Elaine Huff on
Let's sew together this easy block. The Georgia quilt block is a traditional design that was published in Hearth & Home, a crafting magazine, and later in Workbasket as the State of Georgia block in 1935.
This block is beginner-friendly and super easy to create, making it an excellent choice for those new to quilting or looking for a quick and simple project. The block features a simple design of squares and half-square triangles arranged in a grid pattern, with contrasting colors to highlight the design.
Despite its simplicity, the Georgia quilt block remains a classic design and is a popular choice for quilters looking to create traditional quilt patterns. Let's get sewing!
Fabric Requirements for a 10" Finished Georgia Quilt Block:
- Light/Yellow: 8 - 2.5" squares
- Medium/Gold: 2 - 3" squares, 9 - 2.5" squares
- Dark/Orange: 2 - 3" squares, 4 - 2.5" squares
Half Square Triangle Units:
Using the Medium/Gold 3" squares and Dark/Orange 3" squares, sew together Half Square Triangle units. Press the seam allowance toward the Dark/Orange fabric.
You can find a detailed tutorial for making the basic Half Square Triangle block at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-half-square-triangle-block.
Repeat Step 1 for a total of four Half Square Triangle units.
Putting It All Together:
Lay out all the 2.5" squares and the four Half Square Triangle units as shown in the picture below.
Sew the units together into five rows as shown.
Press the seam allowances. I pressed away from the Half Square Triangles and then in alternating directions from row to row as shown in the picture below. A bit confusing but it helps the block lay flatter.
All that's left is to sew those five rows together and...
Press the seam allowances. You can see in the picture below that I pressed the top and third rows up and the second and fourth rows down. You're done!
Here's your basic 4 x 4 layout:
And here it is with sashing and cornerstones added:
In this example, I've alternated every other block with a slightly different coloring of the Georgia block.
And here's that layout set on-point:
You can see here a typical on-point layout:
And here's the on-point layout with plain setting triangles so you don't have to figure out half and quarter blocks:
The Georgia (or State of Georgia) block was so fun and easy to sew together. For such a simple block, it makes a lovely quilt that is visually pleasant to look at with its interlocking design.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. If you like it and want to see more, just click HERE to sign up for my newsletter and receive a free PDF quilt pattern called "Chained Weathervane".
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P.P.S. For other quick and easy blocks check out this section: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/tagged/tutorials_beginning-blocks