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About the 9-inch Road to California Quilt Block
Road to California Quilt Block Pattern

Use the pattern to sew this variation of the Road to California quilt block.

© Janet Wickell
Browse quilt block encyclopedias and you'll find all sorts of designs called The Road to California, Road to California and California Crossroads. You'll also see the term Rocky tagged on to the front of some of the names.

Most of the quilt blocks that share some portion of the name are similar to the block above -- made with half square triangle units and designed with dark and light fabrics to create a diagonal flow.

Small nine patch units move along the diagonal of this quilt block -- you'll see others with four patch units in those spots, and some sewn with plain squares along the diagonal.

I've written patterns for a few other variations of the block:

Templates would be required to make a 12" version of the quilt block in this pattern, because each square in the nine patch units would need to be cut at 1.83", not an easy task with rotary cutters.

No matter what it's called, Road to California offers lots of opportunity to play with color and contrast. Make a scrap quilt or choose a theme, but do consider how blocks will mesh when sewn side by side. Would they look best separated by a second type of quilt block, called an alternate?

Follow the instructions to make one Road to California quilt block that finishes at 9-inches square. Change colors to suit your needs.

Road to California Cutting Chart

Light Background Fabric

  • (2) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares
  • (2) 1-1/2" x 5" strips
  • (1) 1-1/2" x 9-1/2" strips

Rust Colored Print (nine patch)

  • (1) 1-1/2" x 5" strip
  • (2) 1-1/2" x 9-1/2" strips

Black Print (half square triangle units)

  • (2) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares*

Brown Print (half square triangle units)

  • (2) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares*

*Read instructions on page 2 before cutting the 3-7/8" squares.

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