Thursday, April 21, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along

Hello again!  Find out about the Crossroads Quilt Along and download the blocks here.  $5 donation is recommended to support the March of Dimes.  There are only 10 blocks so far but I made two extra house blocks for the fun of it.
Just finished the Diamond and Friendship blocks to be all caught up!  

When I made the house blocks a couple months ago, my plan was to stay with those fabrics for the whole quilt, but then I forgot my plan and picked more new colors!
I chose an alternative pattern to construct the blocks quicker, using no waste methods and will share some cutting and brief sewing directions below.  Refer back to the Fat Quarter Shop for original directions and even some videos.
Cutting directions For the Friendship Block
Background Fabric:                                                             Color Fabric (for each block)
Cut (3) 3" squares for each block center                   (2) 3 7/8" squares (for flying geese)
Cut (3) 1 3/4 x 7" strips  (for corner squares)            (1)  1 3/4 x 7" strips (for corner squares)
Cut (12) 1 3/4 x 3" rectangles for corner squares
Cut (16) (3) 2 1/8 x 8 1/2" strips (subcut into (16)  2 1/8" squares for flying geese and draw diagonal line)     

Place the 1 3/4 x 7" strips (one background and one color together and press open)  Slice off 1 3/4 x 3" sections to sew together with 1 3/4 x 3" strips for corner squares.  

Make Flying Geese using no waste method with 3 7/8" square and 2 1/8" background squares.              
Cutting directions For the Diamond Block
Cut 5" square (3) background fabric and (1) each of color fabrics for each block (Place background and colored square together and sew around the perimeter and then slice diagonally twice to make HSTs for each corner.)

Diamond blocks:
(5) 2 1/4" squares (five each color for each block)
(15) Background fabric 3 1/4" squares, cut diagonally twice to make the triangles which will be sewn to each 2 1/4" square.  (Be sure to make sure the point is in the center before sewing on)

Press the triangles out and square up to 3" squares.
Make sure the 1 1/2" cross hair lines line up as shown in the photo above.

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