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CR4Last week, I left you with the framework of the Cross Roads block: a square with a big X in the middle.

If you look at the block, you will notice that all the spaces between the crossed lines of the X are the same.  This is good for two reasons:

  1. It means you don’t have to worry about the orientation of your block when you sew it together with the other blocks (i.e. there is no “top” or “bottom”), and,
  2. It means you only have to draft that quarter-square triangle ONCE!

Note: If you’re a beginning quilter, when I mention “quarter-square triangles” or QSTs, I mean a right triangle with the longest side of the triangle to the outside of the block (or unit.) I probably should have defined it when I first mentioned it a couple of weeks ago…

Let’s get back to our draft:

CrossRoadsC1I will focus on the bottom QST.  One thing you should notice is that the triangle is NOT the full width of the block.

Another is if you use the corners of this triangle to make the arcs (or even the corners of the block itself) the circles will look “flattened out” under the cross-wise strips and the sashing. This is why I drew those reference lines.  I will be using those to place my arcs.

  1. Place a small tick mark on the bottom line of the block (NOT the sashing or the reference line) at the mid point of the block (in this case 6″ since the block is 12″.)
  2. Place two more tick marks on the bottom line of the block 1″ towards each corner (in this case, at 5″ and 7″.)
  3. Open your compass, placing the needle on point where the reference lines intersect (the center of the sashing at the corner) and the pencil point where the tick mark and the bottom line of the block intersect. (This will be longer than 6″ since the center of the arc is actually the center of the “cornerstone” in the sashing. DO NOT expect it to be an even number.)
  4. CrossRoadsC2

    Here I drew the line completely to the side of the block instead of the diagonal. You can do it this way if you are drawing the complete block.Draw an arc from one reference line (diagonal) to another (side of the block.)

    Draw an arc from one reference line (diagonal) to another (side of the block.)

  5. Move the needle of your compass to the other side of the block where the reference lines intersect.
  6. Draw a second arc, the same dimension as the first. (These two arcs should overlap exactly at the edge of the block, and the ends should be slightly apart on the reference line.)
  7. CrossRoadsC3aPlace the needle point of your compass back at the first reference intersection you used.
  8. Open your compass to where the pencil point is on top of where the inner (5″) tick mark and the bottom of the block intersect.
  9. Draw the inner arc.
  10. Move your compass to the other side of the triangle where the reference lines intersect and repeat.

If you want, you can draw the arcs in all the other QST of the block and use this to play with color. Or you can just photocopy the QST and tape the entire thing together and then copy the whole.

So, in conclusion, when you draft the pattern from an existing quilt (whether it’s a picture or you have the actual quilt), work from big to small. Break the quilt into repeated colors, shapes, etc. until you have broken it down into blocks and then individual pieces.

Exactly the opposite of how you piece a quilt.

A4A8fullNow as to my quilting…

I know I updated you over the week-end on Flower-Pot.  I have since drawn the quilting motifs and sandwiched it, but I haven’t actually STARTED the quilting. (The excuse I’m using is that Miko is sacked out on my table…)

Aiming for Accuracy got a new block as well (the top one), and we are now starting to sew some of the block into units. I’m wonder how long I can keep them aside using the skirt hanger until the units are too big, and I have to switch them to the design wall instead of the Cross Roads blocks (obviously not a third world dilemma.)

I did a little Stash Enhancement earlier in the week with my friend, Valerie.  I was relatively well behaved, but I ended up with no red (which is strange because I really should have had red on the brain with the Cross Roads arcs.)

And, lastly, all other quilting projects are on hold while I do a complete overhaul of my Guild’s web site.  I had hoped to be doing a little “now and then” over the Summer, but even though the spirit was willing….

And that is the report from lovely Lowell, Mass.