Monday, September 6, 2010

Cross Block {Tutorial}

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It's my month to plan the colors, block, and design for the Do. Good Stitches Charity Bee. I have chosen the cross block because it's fun, easy, and it looks good no matter how much variance or wonkiness there is from quilter to quilter. The colors are aqua/turquoise/yellow. When I wrote this tutorial I was originally planning on posting it in Flickr but I decided instead to share it here for all to see and use. :)

For a 12.5" block pick two contrasting colors.

1.  Cut two strips that measure 11" x 5.5" {this will be your background fabric}

2.  Cut two more strips.  One will measure 11" x 3" {this will be the cross}; the other will measure 14" x 3"

3.  With right sides together {RST} stitch one 11"x5.5" and the 11"x3" strip together lengthways. *Use a 1/4" seam allowance*

4.  Press open.

5.  With RST stitch the second 11"x5.5" strip lengthways to the other side of the 11"x3" strip.

6.  Press open.

Now the fun part!

7.  Take your ruler and place it across the block. You determine how straight or wonky of a cut you make.

8.  Take your 14"x3" strip and with RST stitch it to one half of the block you just cut.

9.  Press open.

10.  Repeat with RST and stitch to other half of you block.

11.  Press open and square your block to 12.5". {When squaring, you can add a little extra "wonk" by placing your ruler a little off center.}

*If you are in my bee and you are a little unsure about squaring your blocks don't worry about it, I'll do it for you! If you aren't in my bee, I can't square your blocks for you but feel free to ask questions... :)

PS:  You can make two blocks at once if you are using fat quarters!  Just double the lengths when you cut your strips {22" x 5.5" and 25" x 3}in steps 1 & 2.  Sew your strips the same way as shown above {steps 3-5} and once you have your initial "block" put together, cut it in half and then continue on to step 7 with your two blocks.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad


live a colorful life said...

Yes, yes, yes, I love the cross block. Thank you for the great, yet easy, tutorial!

Kate said...

Such a great block. Thanks for sharing the tutorial - so easy to follow!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Sometimes simple is bestest!

Amelia said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I am fairly new to quilting and I came across your blog through my sister Kate's blog and I am loving all the inspiration! Thanks :)

Thimbleanna said...

That's a super cute block -- thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

Hey there, I'm having a problem. Since both "cross" strips are 11 x 3", when I go to sew in the final strip of the cross, it is too short. Doesn't it need to be longer (maybe 14 x 3) to be long enough to allow for a 12.5" finished block? Or, I"m missing something...

Lee Ann said...

Thank you. I'm loving this block. Quilt Taffy mentioned it and I came on over here to check it out.

Buy Cialis said...

I looks a little Swedish don't you think? hahaha

Buy Lipitor online said...

ha ha ha.. nice work done.. which fabric is this?

Gale Harris said...
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Ozone said...

what a helpful post this is.such a sweet and simple tutorial.
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