Friday, August 03, 2012

Crossroads


This delicious block has been on Pinterest the past few days and I'm pretty impressed. It was shared by Bee In My Bonnet, a blog that is new to me, and it strikes me as an excellent way to deal with scraps.

Bee/Bonnet writes that she made it as a result of a 2-1/2 inch square swap. But she doesn't share a tutorial. I can see that it is made from eight four-patch blocks made from the 2-1/2s along with eight blocks that start with a 4-1/2 inch square of white. Where I'm getting stuck is on the measurements for the elements that go across the corners of those white blocks. I'm thinking that she had to start with squares that were 2-7/8 inches to make the intersections meet right. Drawing a diagonal across the square and stitching 1/4 inch to the side of the diagonal would yield what I think would be the right measurement. Alternatively, she could use 2-5/8 inch squares and stitch directly on the diagonal to get the same measurement. But looking at her block, there is at least one instance where a diagonal corner element is the same fabric as one of the 2-1/2 inch squares. Perhaps she drew a diagonal on one of them and stitched on that line? Wouldn't she have lost 1/8"?

I'm going to have to fool around with this over the weekend. Unless one of you readers with drafting and measurement skills would care to comment?

BTW, this is Post 1497. That means my 1500th is coming up probably next week. There will be a give away. Stay tuned . . . .

10 comments:

Pati said...

I love this block too! I'm thinking that she took a 2 1/2" block and sewed it right down the center on the diagonal to get that little corner. Have fun playing with it and let me know!

pcflamingo said...

This is from the book Quilts from the Heart by Karin Renaud. The pattern is Arkansas Crossroads and it's on page 26 of the book. Karin donates quilts to our charity quilting group From Our Heart in Washington state (we used to be a Project Linus chapter - long story).

The single block requirements are 2 cream squares 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and 12 assorted bright squares 2" x 2".

You draw a line on the wrong side of the 2" square corner to corner and sew on that line - attaching that square to the upper right corner of one of the cream squares. Make 192 of those. Then you make 96 with bright squares sewn the same way in the upper right AND lower left corners of a cream square.

Probably easier to buy the book! I got mine from Amazon.

pcflamingo said...

Probably would work the same way with the 2 1/2" square brights on the 4 1/2" background piece, I'm thinking.....

LizA. said...

I've made this block doing exactly what pcflamingo said--draw the diagonal and stitch on it. Or, as Bonnie does, eyeball from corner to corner. If you use 2.5" squares, sew another line @3/8" and cut between the two for the bonus triangle squares.

Glenda in Florida said...

Ditto, to what your first four visitors said. I have the book and have always admired it, but starting with 2 1/2" squares would fit my stash better too. Don't know why I didn't think of that myself!

Janet O. said...

I really like this block--yes, a great use for scraps. Thanks to Pat (pcflamingo--don't you love her glasses?) for the dimensions.
Lori, at Bee in My Bonnet, is a very nice woman. She did a trunk show and lecture at a LQS about this time last year.

Pat said...

I popped over to her blog -- really love how these blocks look sewn together! This would be a great leader-ender for the 4 patches. I also love that the blocks are 16" -- FAST!

Sharon said...

Another way to make those 4 patches and the X blocks is to go to Missouri Star Quilt Company on YouTube. You can make the 4 patch blocks quickly with a 2 5" squares, and then the X block is also described. Look under Scrappy 4 patches and X blocks.

Melinda said...

Love this block and the bright cheerful colors. As others have said, 2 1/2 sewn right down the middle will work. I hope to see some of the blocks you make.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Cute block! Glad I was on the tail-end of commenting and someone else has done the math already. ;)