Use this tutorial to make cross blocks fast. Here I show you how to make hot pink cross blocks that have 1 inch wide crosses. Mix up your quilt by using different widths. My inspiration has been with all the great cross quilts on flickr lately. Color combo inspired by this pillow.
Gather your fabric. I used hot pink and off white. Both are a heavier weight 100% cotton. Amount of fabric will depend on how big you want your finished quilt. This tutorial will show you a quick way to make the blocks and then you can make as many as you choose!
Cut two strips that are 1.5 inch wide by 18 inch long
See 1.5 inches wide
See 20 inches long
Now cut one of these strips up into 3 strips that are 6 inches long. (I know- why cut 20 inches long if you are only using 18 inches? Well, I always cut extra for my mistakes which always happen. wink wink)
So now you have one long strip 1.5 inches by 20 inches and 3 small strips that are 1.5 inches by 6 inches
Now cut two white strips that are 3 inches wide by 20 inches long.
We will be sewing it up like this- with the pink in the middle
Sew up one strip of white to the pink. 1/4 inch seam or so.
See stitched one white to the pink.
See the other white strip stitched on the other side of the pink. Seams both on the same side.
See my messy back in case you weren't sure which side the seams should be
I pressed the seams out on all my squares. I am not sure if this is the scientifically correct way to press the seams for this type of square- I'm just telling you what I went with. Keep in mind when buying the white that you don't want one that is too see through or the seams might show through.
Press the front too. We like pressing around here
Now with the the strip on its side like shown- cut the big strip into 3 pieces- each 6 inches long.
See the three pieces. Now they are all roughly 6.75 by 6 inches. It's okay if they are a little off- that is what gives this quilt its flavor.
Now cut each of these three squares in two pieces. You can slice right up the middle if you want your crosses perfect or you can mix it up. I cut mine all slightly different. Some more than others.
Remember those three pieces we cut back in the beginning? Well we will be using them here like this.
Sew the pink strips to one half of the white/pink combo strip
See stitched like this
Seams in the back
Whoops little messy- but seams in the back is the important thing here.
Looks like this in the back before you press it again.
Press the seams out again. It starts to look neater
Press the front too.
Ta da! You just made three blocks super fast! You can add white borders if you like or just stitch them up sans borders.
Also, for your next three batch cut different width strips. I did it like this:
3 strips with 1 inch wide pink
3 strips with .75 inch pink (this one is tiny and the seams wouldn't press really neat but I love the smaller crosses)
3 strips with 3.5 inch pink.
And so on and so forth
I always used 3 inch whites on the sides- I just make more scrap that way.