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About the Road to California Quilt Block
Rocky Road to California Quilt Block Pattern

Rocky Road to California Quilt Block Pattern

Janet Wickell
Scrap-Happy Sampler Quilt cutting suggestions are at the bottom of the page.

The name Road to California and Rocky Road to California have been used for several quilt block designs, some very similar to this and some with different components -- Jacob's Ladder is one of the similar blocks.

The fabrics used blend into each other just a bit -- you can see the differences in patches, but overall the look is subdued. Switch to vibrant darks and place them next to lights to produce a quilt block with lots of contrast between patches (see color dominance).

Road to California makes a wonderful scrap quilt.

Finished block size: 12" x 12"

Fabric and Cutting for the Road to California Quilt Block

  • Large-ish scale green with pink for block corners: (2) 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" squares

  • Small scale green with pink for four patch units (visible on the diagonal): (1) 2-1/2" x 15-1/2" strip

  • Small scale cream with pink for background: (1) 2-1/2" x 15-1/2" strip for four-patch units; (2) 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares squares for half square triangle units

  • Pink print for large triangles on the diagonal: (2) 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares squares for half square triangle units

For the Scrap-Happy Sampler Quilt

Medium dark or dark for block corners: (2) 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" squares

Very dark for four patch units (visible on the diagonal): (1) 2-1/2" x 15-1/2" strip

Light for background (can be the same fabric or a mixture): (1) 2-1/2" x 15-1/2" strip; (2) 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares for half square triangle units

Medium warm: (2) 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares for half square triangle units

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