I decided to go 'simple' for this bee block..thinking 'simple' is best for putting the fabrics in the spotlight. Then, I fell in love with this block, (Greek Cross). The block makes up fast with nice clean lines and the fabrics just sing! I'm pretty sure that the next baby quilt I make, the Greek Cross will be my block of choice.
Below you will find the tutorial for this fun little block.
You will need the following:
2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch rectangle template
4 3/4 inch square rectangle template
4 1/2 inch square rectangle template
scissors or rotary cutter
Fabric: 3 different pieces:For this bee I selected: calico, dots, gingham
Creating the block:Cutting the fabric you will need to cut and place pieces by unit.
|Fabrics stacked and ready to assemble|
Cut 1 calico 4 1/2 in square [for center]
Unit #1 creates 4
Cut 4 calico 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch rectangles
Cut 4 gingham 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch rectanglesUse 1/4 inch seam, press open
Unit #2 creates 4
Cut 2 gingham 4 3/4 inch squares
Cut 2 dots 4 3/4 inch squares
Place facing fronts together using one gingham and one dot fabrics, draw a diagonal line corner to corner then stitch 1/4 inch from the line on each side. After you've stitched 1/4 seams on both sides of the drawn line, cut along line to create two completed units.
|Units ready to layout|
|Ready set Row! Using 1/4 inch seams.|
| Press seams open.|
Almost done! There are only 2 remaining seams! I told you this was a quick and easy block. :)
Now for this step, I pin! I'd rather take the few seconds to pin matching seams than to dig out the seam ripper dealing with drifting stitches. I think it might take a total of 45 seconds to pin the rows together matching seams.
|Pin matching seams! This prevents drifting stitches!!|
Press open your row seams and ta~da! You have a brand new Greek Cross quilt block.
with love as always,
Carol a.k.a. Beulah