It’s All Greek To Me

I waste invest plenty of time on Pinterest…who doesn’t?  There are just so many things to discover and it’s a great place for inspiration.  That’s where I stumbled upon the Greek Cross block.  It’s quite possibly my new favourite block.  It’s sort of like a Churn Dash but…not.

I whipped up a quick pattern and thought about using Kaffe Fassett fabrics to make up the cross part of the block however I figured that might be too busy for what I was going for.  I ended up going with Kona Solids (Pond & Mango for the crosses, Bone for background) and Cotton & Steel (XOXO #2 Pencil) for the corner half-square triangles.  The finished block size is 12″ x 12″.  I managed to get the top done in a day and will post a picture once it’s quilted and ready to go.

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Greek Cross in Pond

Half-square Triangles have to be one of the most common blocks in quilt making.  A quilt I’m working on is made up of 302 HST….this Greek Cross one has 80.  Needless to say, I’m becoming an expert a HST.  If you need a bundle of HST, I’ll tell you how to do the ‘Magic 8’ method which will save you so much time.

 

Here’s how you can cut 8 HST at once:

First determine what size your finished half-square triangles will be.
Example:  Let’s say you want to make 3” finished half-square triangles.  Add 7/8” to that (3 7/8”).  Multiply that by 2 (this would be 7 3/4”).  Therefore, you will need squares that measure 7 3/4” to make your 3” finished half-square triangles.

Based on the above formula, cut two squares from your desired fabric to size.  Then draw a diagonal line (with an erasable pen or chalk) from corner to corner on the wrong side of one square.  Placing right sides together, stitch a quarter inch on both sides of the drawn lines.  This is where you need to be careful – without moving the sewn fabrics, you will make four cuts: Vertically at the center, horizontally across the center, and diagonally along both drawn lines. Et voila!

I usually add about a quarter inch extra to my original squares (The example is 7 3/4″, I would cut mine at 8″) and use the Triangle Square Up Ruler by Quilt In A Day to cut the triangles to size.

 

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