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Road to Oklahoma posted: 1/26/2004
by Ila McCallum Printable Page
Category: Pieced Level: Easy
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This easy block is based on a 4 x 4 grid and is made using squares and half square triangles. This block can be set several different ways making the quilt look very different with each setting.

Road to Oklahoma is an old block and is included in "Carrie Hall Blocks" by Bettina Havig. It is also in the "Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns" compiled by Barbara Brackman. In "Carrie Hall Blocks" the block is shown in blue and white solid fabrics. To make the points stand out and stars appear in certain settings, I have substituted a dark fabric for the medium value in the half square triangles.

Finished Size: 12"

Fabric Reqs For Block:
  • 4 " x 30" Light
  • 4 " x 27" Medium
  • 4 " x 9" Dark
Cutting Instructions
Piece Shape # Fabric Instructions  
A  6  Light Cut six 3 " squares
B  4 Light Cut two 3 7/8" squares and cut in half diagonally once* (See Tip)
C  6 Medium Cut six 3 " squares
D  4 Dark Cut two 3 7/8" squares and cut in half diagonally once* (See Tip)
  *TIP: I find it easier to cut my squares 4 inches rather than 3 7/8 inches. After the pieces are sewn together, I use a square quilting ruler (putting the 45 degree mark on the seam) and trim the square to exactly 3 inches. I call this "super sizing".  

Assembly (1/4" seam allowance throughout):
Instruction Diagram
Step 1: Cut all pieces and lay them out in the same positions as in the finished block. Use the diagram to help you lay out the pieces.  
Step 2: Sew the half square triangles (pieces B and D) together forming four squares each with one dark half and one light half. Press the seams towards the dark fabric or press the seams open. Square up the squares so they are exactly 3 " square.

TIP: To help seams to lie flat, first press them flat just as they were sewn (with right sides together) (called "setting the seam") and then press open or to one side.
Step 3: Sew the pieces together in Row 1, then Row 2, Row 3 and Row 4. Press the seams in Rows 1 and 3 to the right and in Rows 2 and 4 to the left (this will make matching easier when you sew the rows together). NOTE: If you place each pieced row back into the block layout you created, it will make it easier to sew the rows together with correct placement.
Step 4: Sew the rows together. Before sewing, pin the rows together at the seams making sure that the seams match. Sew Row 1 to Row 2, Row 2 to Row 3, and Row 3 to Row 4, completing the block. NOTE: Arrows indicate direction to press seams
Step 5: Press and square the block to 12 inches.
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Category: Pieced

Author: Ila McCallum
Level: Easy

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