Saturday, July 21, 2018

It's Greek to Me!

This month, Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to make a quilt with a block or blocks that create a secondary design in the quilt.  I decided to play with a favorite block...Churn Dash, also known as Greek Cross.  I pulled out scraps that were leftover from a previous project....can you tell I really would like to be at the beach?  Most of the fabric is from the Island Batik line Abalone.  LOVE the colors!

According to Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, this block, and it's alternative layouts, have TWENTY FIVE different names, all from the same period, including Shoo Fly, Monkey Wrench and Lincoln's Platform. So..I made mine like the Greek Cross version.  It is just a matter of where you place your lights and darks.  This is a 9" finshed block, and I made sixteen blocks.  

Here are the cutting measurements for one block:

Light Fabric
Fabric one            Cut two 4" squares, cut once on the diagonal
                           Cut four 2" x 3.5" rectangles

Cross color           Cut one 3.5" square
Fabric 2                Cut four 2" x 3.5" rectangles

Corners                    Cut two 4" squares, cut once on the diagonal   You can make your corner  Fabric 3               all the same color, or two different colors like I did.  

1. Sew the Fabric one and Fabric 3 triangles together. You will have 4 HST.  Press seams to the dark and trim your square to 3.5 inches.

2. Sew the 2" x 3.5" fabric one and fabric two rectangles together.  Make 4.

3. Sew the block together as shown in the block assembly diagram below.  Make 16 blocks total for a nice size baby quilt.  This is going to go to Project Linus!

It was a fun quilt to make, and I hope you give it a try!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

and don't forget to join my first ever Sew Along starting July 25.....

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