Sunday, October 18, 2015

USA map quilt

My local quilt shop, In the Making, offered a quilt class making their version of a USA quilt (aka the United Scraps of America quilt). I have always loved maps, so what better thing to do than combine fabrics and maps!

In the Making's pattern cover and my outtake states
All I needed for the first day was 50 scraps of fabric, double sided fusible interfacing, and the pattern. I believe that In the Making will be publishing the pattern soon, and I will add a link for that if/when it happens. Click here for pattern!

Day 1:

The first day was spent tracing all the state shapes onto the interfacing and then fusing each state to a different fabric scrap. We then had to carefully cut out each state.

Day 1 progress

We will complete the quilt top in a second class. As you can see I started out West and I am working my way East. I may replace some states that aren't showing up too well (I'm looking at you Washington!)

Day 2:

In the second class, we finished making all the states. We then arranged them on the base fabric. My base is a light blue Moda grunge fabric. It matched the demo quilt and I really liked how it would represent the oceans but still had some texture to the fabric.

This was also the time we remade any states we didn't like. I redid three of mine and an additional one due to an error in the pattern.

The rough layout before anything was stuck down

Once the states were arranged to our liking, we removed the backing of the interfacing and stuck them down. We then carefully moved the quilt to the iron to seal the whole thing down.

All ironed down!

Being from Georgia, I wanted to highlight this state. I also wanted Alabama to stand out. Since red and black are UGA colors this seemed perfect.

My quilt top is now all finished and awaits the finishing quilting. I have picked the same fabric for the binding as I used for Georgia (I am not sure of the name but it comes from Moda's Gardenvale collection). The backing is going to be Tula Pink's Lotus in tomato from her Eden line (I also used this fabric for Kansas).

If you've made a map quilt, I'd love to see it. Leave me a link to your quilt in the comments :)

Edit: The finished quilt can be viewed here!


  1. This is gorgeous! I'm surprised the state borders can be so detailed. Was the interfacing easy to use?

    1. Thank you so much! I used Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 for the interfacing. It was amazingly easy to use and allowed me to temporarily stick down my states before ironing them in place. This was great because I could adjust my state placement to my liking to make sure the borders all matched up nicely before any permanent placements were made.