From approximately 1907 to 1912, the American farm and living magazine Hearth and Home invited its readers to contribute pieced cloth blocks that represented their respective states. The request for submissions was extremely successful, and readers sent in many designs that they felt showcased their home state. Selected blocks were photographed and included in the print magazine. The series was discontinued in 1912, but the idea of quilt blocks that represent states has remained popular in American quilting culture.
Many current quilters have based their 50 state quilts on the original designs from Hearth and Home, while others used those designs for inspiration and created their own patterns. Each of the 50 state designs is unique with a distinct color combination and a matching border to enhance the overall design. Some are more traditional, and others (like the Oklahoma boomer) show a bit of humor in the design. To help you create your own 50 state quilt blocks, we’ve assembled a list of 50 free patterns we think you’ll enjoy. Click on the name of the state to find each pattern.
The 50 state block quilt would be a wonderful activity for a quilting group to work on together! This would also make a great summer project for families to cut and sew together. If you make your own 50 state block quilt we’d love to see your work! Tag @fairfieldworld on social media, or post a picture of your finished quilt on our Facebook page, which you can find HERE.