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Cross Stitch Block Tutorial // Slice & Insert Method


This post is part of the Technique Tutorial Tuesdays Series. Click here to see all of the posts and learn more about the series. Scroll down for tutorial instructions.

Back in 2012 I posted the Cross-Stitched Quilt Block tutorial, which I was inspired to post after I made a Cross Stitch Heart Quilt.

Since then I have seen some really amazing quilts pop up on Flickr and Instagram using the tutorial. [one-third] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="450"] This one I shared with you all a few weeks ago, the Mr. Fox quilt by Samantha Davis.[/caption] [/one-third] [one-third] [caption id="attachment_5142" align="aligncenter" width="720"]Screen Shot 2014-02-17 at 12.03.54 PM A very special gift wall quilt by LethargicLass (Katy)[/caption]

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[one-third last] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="551"] Cross My Heart Mini by The Hohnstreiter Ohana[/caption] [/one-third]

The New Tutorial

I want to share with you a quick and easy way to make the Cross Stitch Block in multiple sizes. My original tutorial uses more of a basic piecing method, this new tutorial is much faster and uses a slice-and-insert method. The instructions for this method require the blocks be made slighter larger and trimmed down to keep everything as accurate as possible. Be sure to use a scant 1/4" seam allowance!

The Sizes

This block could be made in a ton of sizes, but here are the measurements for 10 different sizes.

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The Instructions

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  • Step 1: Cut out one square of the background fabric and two cross strips per the size chart above.
  • Step 2: Cut the square in half diagonally, creating two half square triangles.
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  • Step 3: Fold each half square triangle in half and finger press the center to leave a crease. Do the same with one of the cross strips.
  • Step 4: Line the center of the strip up with the center of the half square triangle and pin in place. Stitch them together with a perfect scant ¼” seam. Press the seam towards the cross strip.
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  • Step 5: Line the center of the remaining half square triangle up with the center of the pieced strip and pin it in place. Stitch them together with a perfect scant ¼” seam. Press the seam towards the cross strip.
  • Step 6: Cut the block in half diagonally again, at the other angle, creating two half square triangles.
steps7-8
  • Step 7: Fold one half square triangle in half and finger press the center to leave a crease. Do the same with the remaining cross strip.
  • Step 8: Line the center of the strip up with the center of the half square triangle and pin in place. Stitch them together with a perfect scant ¼” seam. Press the seam towards the cross strip.
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  • Step 9: Fold the remaining half square triangle in half and finger press the center to leave a crease.
  • Step 10: Line the center of the strip up with the center of the half square triangle. Make sure the two cross strips come together to create a perfect cross line.
steps11-12
  • Step 11: This is a great time to glue baste. Use washable school glue within the seam allowance, line the half square triangle up with the strip and heat set the glue. Then before you sew, you can open the block to make sure everything lines up (in smaller circle).
  • Step 12: Stitch them together with a perfect scant ¼” seam. Press the seam towards the cross strip.
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  • Step 13: Center the block under a ruler and trim it to your desired size. Example: If you are trimming the block to 3", line up the 1 1/2" mark of your ruler with the center of your block. Repeat when you trim all sides. Tip: If the ruler wants to spin and wiggle when you try to cut, try putting a few pieces of masking tape on your ruler to act as a grip. You could also use a larger ruler that will apply more weight to the block.
  • Step 14: Success! You now have a super cute Cross Stitch Block!
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#crossstitchblockalong

This simple X block isn’t anything new or groundbreaking it’s just a classic quilt block, but the quilt design possibilities are endless! Because of the amazing versatility of the block I think it would make a super fun Instagram quilt along. So to all you quilters who love the look of Cross Stitching, but not the handwork, get out your rotary cutters and fabric, it’s time to “Cross Stitch” along! crossstitchinstagramad This is a relaxed Instagram + Flickr based sew along with no deadlines, just sewing, sharing, and possibly a few giveaways thrown in for good measure! Just be sure to tag all photos with #crossstitchblockalong.

Alyssa


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  • Cristin @ Eve of Reduction says...

    Love it! What a cool concept.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Lea says...

    What a fun way to make this pretty block.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Kris says...

    You are amazing …I love this!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Hilary says...

    This sounds like so much fun! I can’t wait to get started on something :)

    On August 21, 2014

  • Julie @ The Crafty Quilter says...

    You are so clever! Cross stitch and quilting – what could be better? You’ve done a great job of combining the two!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Amy B. says...

    I love this! My mom used to cross stitch (her hands bother her now, so stopped pretty much), and I like to do it too a little bit (the modern patterns out there are great!), but now I’m planning to make her a cross stitch mini-quilt! Thanks for the tutorial!!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Patti says...

    I wish I had this new and improved tutorial (not that the first one was bad, I just had to do my own math) on Saturday! I just used it to make a pouch for the Triple Zip Pouch Swap! I added to your Flickr page!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Lynn says...

    Can wait to do this.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Britt-Inger says...

    I must try this. It looks so fun. Thanks for a super tutorial.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Debra Kay Neiman says...

    I think I will try this too. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Hope you will come back and share your version, can’t wait to see!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Paula says...

    Just ran across this via a link at Quilt Matters. I’ve been seeing this block everywhere and I love it. So glad I found this tutorial. You make it so clear, I’m sure I can do it!! Putting it on top of my to-do stack!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Virginia says...

    thanks, I’ll do this cute block in my new quilt.

    On August 21, 2014

  • #makeaquiltmakeafriend | The Hasty Quilter says...

    […] original plan was to use the cross stitch block pattern by Pile O’ Fabric and the fox pattern by Making Life Prettier, but I wanted Foxy to be smaller […]

    On August 21, 2014

  • My Own Medallion | Quilting Whilst Preoccupied says...

    […] I was browsing Pinterest early this year I fell in love with this beautiful quilt and the cross stitch block stood out to me as a must […]

    On August 21, 2014

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