Elizabeth Hartman from Oh, Fransson! shares her last installment our Block Sew-Along series. We’ve had a Triangle Block, Spiderweb Block, Dresden Plate Block and today Elizabeth shows you how to sew Wonky Cross Blocks.
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There are several names for blocks like these. Some people like to call them cross blocks. I prefer to think of them as “plus sign” or “intersection” blocks. Whatever you want to call them, these are simple, graphic blocks that can be made quickly and easily. If you’re someone who isn’t as enthusiastic about the more labor-intensive blocks I’ve been talking about during the last two weeks, this block should be a refreshing change of pace. If you’ve been hesitant to try a “wonky” block, this might be a good place to start!
All directions assume a quarter inch seam allowance, with seams pressed open.
For each 8.5” x 8.5” (8” x 8” finished) block, you’ll need an 8.5” x 8.5” fabric square and two contrasting fabric strips (the two strips should be cut from the same fabric). There’s no fussy measuring on this one. Your strips just need to be about 10” long and between 1.5” and 2.5” wide.
Lay the 8.5” square on your cutting mat and make a wonky vertical cut, dividing the square into a left and right half. Place one of your contrasting strips between the two halves. Sew the two halves to either side of the contrasting strip, as shown above.
Now, make a wonky horizontal cut through the center of your block. Place your second contrasting strip between the two halves. Sew the two halves of your block to either side of the contrasting strip, aligning both halves of the perpendicular contrasting strip as best you can. Square up your finished block to 8.5” x 8.5”
I sewed four different blocks together to make a 16.5” mini quilt. If you make a mini quilt like mine, I recommend varying the size of your contrasting strips and the degree of the angles on your wonky cuts.
This is a simple, forgiving block, so have fun and don’t be afraid to try lots of different variations!
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