March 19, 2012

Modern Monday - Block 26 (and a winner!)

Cross
Block 26 - Cross
I can't believe we haven't done a cross block yet! I love this little improv block. It's cute and no two are alike, even if you wanted them to be! For this version, we're only making one, but if you like this block a lot, you can go to Carla's tutorial to learn how to make two at a time. You can also get inspired with some of her cross quilts that are so fun to see! They are fast to make and very versatile making them perfect for any kind of quilt from a baby quilt to a swap quilt.

For my block, I chose a charcoal gray and orange print. I threw in a random light blue because we've been making a lot of two-color blocks lately and I want some more variety than that!

Cutting:
  • From the gray, cut a 7"square.
  • From the blue, cut a square about 3" x 4" (a scrap will do)
  • From the orange, cut a wedge about 15" long, or two wedges about 7" long each. Mine tapered from about 1 3/4" to 1", but I might make mine wider at both ends if I were to make another one.
Here's the fabrics. I think I'm going to start adding in more blues. (Have I said that before? I really am going to do it this time!)

Here's the 7" square. If you plan on going really liberated with your wedge for the cross, you might want to increase this block to 7 1/2", but 7" should be good enough for most blocks.

I had a scrap of blue that I just laid on top on the gray in the corner.

I used this as my cutting guide for the first cut. You want to cut the gray square in two up and down "about" in the middle. I used the blue as the guide so I cut along that. Do what looks good to you.

Then, cut "about" in the middle from side to side. I discarded the small amount of blue that was cut off and the gray square underneath the blue one.

I happened to have a scrap large enough to cut the wedge from. If you don't, cut two shorter wedges - about 7" long. I didn't go too crazy with the wedge. If I made it again, I would make it wider though, I think.
If you have a long wedge, cut in in half. Cut one of the halves in half again and lay it out in between the squares as shown.

Lay the longer wedge as shown.

Sew the squares to either side of the short wedges, pressing to the squares.

These may not be straight after you sew them. Trim them up if they need to be.

Then sew to either side of the long wedge. Trim to 6 1/2" square.
And a huge thanks to everyone who entered my Birthday Contest! Thank you so much for the birthday wishes (even though I asked for them!). The winner, randomly chosen is: Bev! Congratulations and as soon as I get your address, I'll get the book in the mail to you! Look for more contests coming up soon!

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