“Road Trip” Applique Quilt Looks Like The 50 States


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“Road Trip” Applique Quilt

I’ve always been really into travel. Any and every chance I get to travel, I go somewhere new. When I get home from that destination, I always want to quilt something inspired by that place.


Over the years, I’ve decided that sewing and quilting for every single trip I take is a little excessive. However, there is a way to get that traveling spirit in a bigger, more cohesive project.

It’s called the “Road Trip” Map Applique Quilt, made by the talented quilters at Missouri Star Quilt Company. Jenny Doan is back at it again with another video tutorial, this time for this quilt.

Even though the differently shaped states may look like an enormous challenge, like usual, Jenny makes it super simple for us. By now, I’m guessing you wanna make it yourself, right?

First thing’s first: gather your supplies for this stunning little number. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • 1 package 10″ print squares
  • 1 package 10″ background squares
  • 3/4 yard background fabric
  • 1 1/2 yards outer border fabric
  • 3/4 yard binding fabric
  • 5 yards (vertical seam(s)) or 2 1/2 yards 108″ wide backing fabric
  • 2 3/4 yard Heat n Bond – Lite

In addition to these things, you’ll also need the free PDFs that Missouri Star Quilt Company provides for this quilt. Click here for the supplies PDF and click here for the states PDF so you can applique properly.

Use your states PDF to trace and cut out the states with your Heat n Bond. Iron it on to your patterned fabric, then you can trim it to look exactly like the states.

Peel off the backing paper, then iron this Heat n Bonded fabric to your background fabric. Then boom, that’s your block!

Continue to do these with the other states (or countries if you went that route), then make your quilt top. Lay out the states/countries next to a plain patterned block. Sew it up, and your top is done.

Add your border, your batting, your backing and any free motion, and you’re all done! What locations will you quilt?

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