Traditional Tuesday - Block 52

Crosses and Losses
Block 52 - Crosses and Losses
This is the first Traditional Tuesday block without a Modern counterpart. Not all traditional blocks translate to Modern well - as we have defined it here anyhow. So I thought we'd take some time to explore great Traditional blocks that will fit in our quilt but won't fit in the MM quilt!

This is one of those graphic blocks (my favorites!) that has a nifty secondary patter when put together just right.

There's several secondary patterns actually - the large sawtooth star, the small churn dash and the even smaller square within a square. I'm sure you could experiment more with placement and come up with even more unusual secondary patterns.

I chose a nice black/tan/red combo. I really like black and tan with an accent color. An electric blue would be good too.

From the tan, cut:
  • 1 - 3 7/8" square*
  • 2 - 2 3/8" squares*
  • 4 - 2" squares
From the black, cut 1 - 3 7/8" square*
From the red, cut 2 - 2 3/8" squares*
*I cut mine over-sized and trimmed them down after piecing for better accuracy.

Here are the cut squares.
Draw a diagonal line down the back of the 3 largest tan squares.
Layer them with their matching black and red squares. Sew 1/4" from the drawn line on both sides.
Cut apart on the line and press open, to the dark.
Trim, if necessary to 2" for the red/tan half-square triangles and to 3 1/2" for the black/tan half-square triangle units.
Lay out your pieces as they will look when done.
Sew the corners into 4-patch units as shown.
If you turn the corner units like this, it's Crosses and Losses.
If you turn the corner units like this, it's called Old Maid's Puzzle.
Decide if you want Crosses and Losses or Old Maid's Puzzle and sew the block together. It will be 6 1/2" when done.

Don't forget to enter in the Springtime In The Rockies book giveaway below. I'll draw the winner tomorrow. Good luck!


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