Crossed Square

The block for October 2005 is the "Crossed Square" block

Each finished block measures 14 inches square.  (14 ½ X 14 ½ inches unfinished).

Instructions:  Use good quality, 100% cotton pre-washed fabrics.


1.               cut green squares
2.         cut orange rectangles

3.      cut muslin rectangles

4.       cut muslin squares

5.        piece green and muslin pairs

6.          piece green/muslin sqaures units

7.         piece opposite green and muslin square units

8. add orange rectangles

9.  assemble block

10.        finished block

Select two tone-on-tone or looks-like-solid-from-a-distance prints in fall reds, oranges, browns, greens or golds and an unbleached muslin for the background. 

Cutting instructions:

    1.   From the darker fabric, cut five 2 1/2-inch squares.

    2.   From the lighter fall fabric, cut four 2 1/2-inch x 6 1/2-inch rectangles
    and four 2 1/2-inch x 4 1/2-inch rectangles.. 

    3.   From the muslin, cut four 2 1/2-inch x 6 1/2 rectangles
    and four 2 1/2-inch x 4 1/2-inch rectangles.

    4.   Also from the muslin, cut four 2 1/2-inch squares. 

Piecing instructions:
    <>5.   With right sides together and using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew one of  the dark squares to one of the muslin squares.  (Refer to graphic 5)  Press to the darker side.  Repeat with the other three pairs.

    <>          6.   Referring to graphic 6, sew one of the 2 1/2-inch x 4 1/2-inch muslin rectangles to two of the pairs
              from step 5.  Watch that the dark square is on the bottom left of the finished unit.

          7.   Do the same with the remaining 2 muslin rectangles and pairs from step 5.  But make sure these two 
          units have the dark square on the bottom right of the finished unit.

    8.   Referring to graphic 8, attach the smaller rectangles from the lighter, fall-colored fabric to the outside of each of the four units from steps 6 & 7.  Watch that the rectangles touch the muslin squares, not just the rectangle.  Two of the rectangles will be sewn to the left of the unit, and two will be sewn to the right depending on the position of the dark square.  Press to the dark side.  Finally, sew the larger, matching, fall-colored rectangles to the top of these new units.  Press.

Assembly instructions:


5.   Referring to the layout in graphic 9, piece the units together into a finished block.  Sew pieces into rows first, then combine the rows to finish the block   Pin at the intersection to ensure precise points.

Your completed unfinished block will measure 14 ½ inches.
14 inches after sewn into a quilt!



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