Make a US state map quilt with states sewn in the shape of a heart. Cut the US state patchwork pieces with cutting machine for an easy and fast quilt!
Map quilts are beautiful and interesting, and I really appreciate the work that goes into one. I wanted to make one for my home, but I needed it to be really easy. I cut all the US states with the Cricut Maker and then fused them with no-sew fusible adhesive.
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This heart US state map quilt is a baby quilt size that I plan on hanging over the back of my couch or hanging it on the wall. I don’t plan on it being used like other quilts I make.
I just love the summer time and the 4th of July. It’s one of my very favorite holidays. I’ve also made a USA flag rag quilt with a free pattern! I can’t wait to see both of these July Fourth quilts together this summer.
Heart US State Map Quilt
- 5 different red, white, and blue quilting cotton fabrics* in 1/3 yard pieces
- 1 and 2/3 yard white quilting cotton fabric*
- 1 and 3/4 yard coordinating backing fabric*
- 40″x60″ piece of batting*
- 6 yards of bias binding*
- 1 and 1/2 yard no-sew fusible double sided adhesive*
- United States of America Quilt pattern* on Design Space
- Cutting machine cuts bonded fabric – I use the Cricut Maker (amazon*, Cricut.com*)
- Fabricgrip mat*
- Easypress or iron (amazon *, Cricut.com*)
- Sewing tools
Fuse the adhesive to the back side of the five red, white, and blue fabrics. Place the fabric on the fabricgrip mat face down.
Cut out all fifty states with a cutting machine.
Carefully peel all the states off of the mat and organize them. Don’t lose any of the small states!
Lay out all the states in a heart shape. Be ready to reorganize and move pieces around to get it just right. Use a map of the United States to get the correct orientation of each state.
Pay attention to the overall shape AND the colors so that it all looks evenly distributed in a heart shape.
With an Easypress or iron fuse all the states to the fabric. Move slowly so that the patchwork pieces are not moved in the process.
Lay your fabric backing face down. Place the batting on top and smooth it out. Place the quilt top on top and smooth it out. Use safety pins to pin baste the three layers together. Alternatively you can use quilt basting spray* between each layer.
Quilt the three layers with white thread every two inches.
Trim the excess batting and backing fabric away from the quilt.
Switch to red thread and quilt a red stitch between each white row.
Cut the corners into curves. (This is optional; I just love the look of curved corners.)
Use premade or make your own 1/2″ double fold bias binding. I used white so it would blend into the quilt, but you can use a bright color or bold print to frame your quilt.
I added a piece of bias binding straight across each corner to make it easier to hang. I use hooks or a curtain rod on the wall to hang up the quilt.
If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!