Friday, 15 April 2016

BOM April 2016 - Aegean Cross

I've done it again - despite all of my best efforts, the block of the month is turning into a block of the year! Now I don't want that to happen so here I am with a new block for you.

Aegean Cross is not an official name - it is the one that I decided for this variation on a Greek Cross block. I have a nice project in mind for it next time too and of course, it uses some pretty Tilda fabrics from the Spring Diaries collection.

Speaking of...don't forget that the free giveaway is still on until the end of April. Have a look at what you can win....



That is a fat quarter pack with NINE fat quarters in it!



All you need to do to enter is to leave a comment below this post and I shall choose a winner randomly at the end of the month. The winner will be notified in a special post on the first of may 2016. It may be worth subscribing by email so that you don't miss out on hearing about your prize.

Anyway, here is what we are making this week...



It is a pretty block with an antique feel but you could easily make it more modern with some solids and brights. You will see why I have gone the antique route next week. I promise that all will be revealed!

So, what do we need? This doesn't ask for much so choose three fabrics. You will need around a fat eighth of each and that will give you plenty left over.
Begin by cutting two squares 6" x 6" from fabrics one and two...



Lay them right sides together and sew all around the perimeter leaving no gaps. 



Cut the square diagonally twice...



This will produce four HST units...



Press them and make sure that they are nice and square. Next, cut two 2" squares from your third fabric and a 2" strip from the first.



It doesn't matter how long the strip is. As long as it is 2" wide and long enough (about 10" will be plenty for what comes next and you can cut another one if your need it).

Sew a square to the end of the strip and attach the new unit, square down to one side of a HST unit...



The longer strip means that you will always be accurate with your measurement. Attach another HST unit to the other side of the strip and trim the excess away from the end...



Repeat this whole process for the other two HST units...



Note how the square/strip unit is inverted though.
Next the middle strips and centre square. Cut a 2" square from fabric one and a 2" strip from fabric three. Join the longer strip to one side of the centre square...


Join another strip to the other side 



and then attach the strip unit to the bottom of the top half of the block...



And then the bottom half...



And That's it! This block would work nicely in a quilt with the fabrics swapped around. But I have other fish to fry for you and you will find out all about it next time!

The two floral fabrics in this block are from the Tilda Spring Diaries collection and if you cannot wait for the prize, you can find out about them from:
Tilda - groves@stockistenquiries.co.uk  or by phoning 01453 883581

Of course this BOM was made on my wonderful Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200 QCP Special edition sewing machine from www.janome.co.uk  

Don't forget about the giveaway though. leave me a comment below and I will keep my fingers crossed for you!

Thanks so much for stopping by. See you next time!
Debs
xx