Saturday, September 5, 2015

Fieldcrossings Quilts (adjusted for 5" squares)

I loved this pattern from Elizabeth Olwen called the Fieldcrossing Quilt.  I only had 5" squares, so here's the adjusted instructions to make the block.
{check out my finished quilt here}

If you're going to make a quilt the same size as the one she has pictured, you'll need:
-  69 patterned 5" sqaures 
- 23 neutral 5" sqaures 
Her quilt has a her blocks laid our vertically with this number of blocks in each row: 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2

If you want to do a smaller baby blanket, you'll need:
- 27 patterned 5" squares
- 9 neutral 5" squares.
You'll make 9 blocks total with a 1, 2, 3, 2, 1 orientation when you lay out your quilt.

For our sample block, I chose three 5" squares that I felt went well together.

Pick the square that you want to be in the middle and cut 1/4" off of two sides.

Cut a diagonal line in the remaining patterned squares and each of the neutral squares.

Lay out your neutral and patterned triangles like the picture below.  The orientation of the white triangle matters, so do it exactly like I did.  Place right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam.

Press the seam allowance to the dark side.

Lay out your sample block so you be sure to sew the remaining patterned triangles to the correct side of your middle piece.

Place one patterned triangle with right sides together, pin, and sew.

  Repeat with the other side.  Your middle section will look like this when you're done:

Iron the seams away from the middle to prepare for nesting.

Sew your first unit to one side of the middle, then the other - and you've got your block!  Clip off the little triangles hanging over the edge and then sash the blocks together. 

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