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Sweet Home Arizona Quilt // Step-by-Step Quilt Making Tutorial

I am an Arizona native. I’ve lived here my whole life and really have no desire to move. Arizona is my home sweet home. As with any place it has its downsides (triple digit temps), but give me a sunset in the desert and my heart swoons. I’ve been itching to make a project inspired by Arizona, so I spent Memorial Day working on my Sweet Home Arizona Quilt. From quilt design to quilt binding I was finished within the day.

Today, I am sharing a step-by-step video tutorial of my process making the Sweet Home Arizona Quilt. Even if you’re not from Arizona you can use this tutorial as a guide for making a quilt with your own state, province, or country.

You Will Need

In order to make one 30” x 30” Sweet Home Arizona quilt using raw edge appliqué you will need the following:


  • For the State:(10) 2.5” x 30” pieces of fabric (Kona Cotton in Salmon, Primrose, Dusty Rose, Amethyst, Brt. Peri, Ocean, Pacific, Avocado, Peapod, Wasabi) (⅛ yard each)
  • For the background: 31” x 31” piece of fabric (Kona Cotton in Nautical)
  • For the cactus: 8” x 21” piece of fabric (Kona Cotton in Nautical)
  • For quilt backing: 36” x 36” piece of fabric for the quilt backing (1 yard
  • For solid binding: (4) 2.5” x WOF strips for solid binding
  • (or) For solid w/stripes binding:(3) 2.5” x WOF strips and (10) 2.5” x 4” pieces of fabric


Tip: Starching your fabric before cutting will help stabilize the bias edges of the fabric and give you greater accuracy when piecing. It also helps the seams lay flatter and crisper when foundation paper piecing. Visit a free starching tutorial.

The Video Tutorial

The Finished Quilt

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Did you enjoy this quilt tutorial? I would love it if you'd pin it or pass it along. If you make your own version of the Sweet Home Arizona or Sweet Home____?_____ Quilt I would love to see! Share it using #pileofabrictutorial #sweethomearizonaquilt


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