Traditional Tuesday - Block 42
Block 42 - Greek CrossI know I talk a lot about versatility, but that really is an important part of quilt making. And to me this is a very well designed block for versatility. Above is the traditionally shaded Greek Cross, but take a look at what changes in value placement can do. By just shifting the values on each patch, a whole new block emerges.
|Look at the variety of blocks that can come from just changing the values. Do you see Churn Dash and Shoo Fly? And our infamous Poppy block?|
|Three fabrics with good contrast are needed. I chose a red print, red solid and white.|
From the red, cut 2 - 2 7/8" squares.
From the white, cut 2 - 2 7/8" squares AND 4 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles.
From the red print, cut 1 - 2 1/2" squares AND 4 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles.
|Make 4 - 2 1/2" half square triangles out of the 4 squares. I finger-pressed the white on the diagonal to use as the sewing guide. You could draw a line if you need more visibility.|
|Sew 1/4" away from either side of the line. (Hard to see the line here, but it's there.)|
|Cut apart on the line and press to the dark. Trim to 2 1/2"|
|Lay out the units as shown. Sew the print and white rectangles together to make 4 - 2 1/2" squares.|
|Lay out like a 9-patch and sew together. Make sure the pieced 2 1/2" squares are facing the proper direction or you'll end up with a different block! The block will be 6 1/2" unfinished.|