Thursday, September 1, 2016

HIve 4 - September Block Tutorial

Am excited that it is finally my time to be Queen Bee. I have been quilting for almost 40 years and
lately I have been producing lots of tops and slowly getting them quilted. I am in traditional and modern quilt guilds, and also belong to a quilting art bee. I just love working with fiber and textiles, was also a professional weaver in a former life. Also started knitting, but quilting is my favorite.

I have chosen the X Plus block and these are the two main colors, turquoise and purplish red (fuchsia, magenta or pinks), prints or solids, can be scrappy. Here are some suggestions

You will need:

 8 - 3 1/2 inch squares in low volume whites, creams for the corner triangles. Can be scrappy, solids or prints.

4 - 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 rectangles of a black and white print or gray print or solid for the cross edges. Please use the same for all 4 pieces.

Choose either the turquoise, any shade or the purplish red/pink, prints or solids as the main inner cross.

1 - 2 1/2 by 6 1/2 inch rectangles

2 - 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch squares

4 - 5 1/2 inch squares of the alternative color of the middle center cross

Draw a diagonal line on the 8 - 3 1/2 low volume squares. Place 2 of the squares on the opposite corners of the 5 1/2 squares. Sew along diagonal lines, trim excess fabric and press.

Sew 2 - 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch B & W (or gray) rectangles to the ends of the 2 1/2 by 6 1/2 rectangle and 1 - 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 square to the each to the 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 B & W rectangle.

Sew diagonal blocks to each center B & W with 2 1/2 sq.

Then sew top and bottom strips to center horizontal strip

Block will be 12 1/2 inches unfinished (12 inch finished)

Here are some I made.

Thanks in advance,

Gayle in Austin, TX

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