Cross Orchard Block Tutorial: 52 Twisted Tradition Block Quilt Along


IMG_9185This weeks block was inspired by the vision of my orchard in blossoms this past week.  It was so beautiful to see the orchard in bloom – I look forward to it every year.

Cross Orchard Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 15” x 15”

I twisted the traditional block ‘Cross Variation’ for our next block. We’re going to turn this into a circle of apple trees. You can leave the block just as leaves, add some flowers , or even apples!

Cutting Instructions



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The more shades of each fabric you cut – the scrappier your block will look.
Fabric A (brown)
4 – 3” squares
2 – 3.75” squares
Fabric B (blue)
4 – 3.75” squares
6 – 3.5” squares
Fabric C (green)
6 – 3.5” squares
12 – 3” squares
Fabric D (white)
2 – 3.75” squares
2 – 3.5” squares

Optional

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1 – 5” square – small scale flowers
1 – 4-7/8” square of Heat N Bond Ultra Hold (or compatible)


Directions

We’re going to start by making our Half Square Triangle (HST) Blocks.
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You will need to make 4 sets (8 blocks) of Fabric B and C HSTs and 2 sets of (4 blocks) Fabric B and D HSTs. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other of the 3.5” squares. Stitch a ¼” seam on both sides of this line. Once each side is stitched, cut along the line you drew.
IMG_9233Iron towards fabric B. Square up to a 3” square.
Now we’re going to make our combination HST blocks.
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Match your 3.75” Fabric A and 3.75” Fabric B right sides together and your 3.75” Fabric B and 3.75” Fabric D right sides together. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other of the 3.5” squares. Stitch a ¼” seam on both sides of this line.
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Once each side is stitched, cut along the line you drew. Iron to one side.
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We’re going to use the HSTs we just made to make our combination HSTs. Match your new blocks, right sides together with the 3.5” squares of Fabric C. Draw a line from one corner to the other, perpendicular to the same you just made. Stitch a ¼” seam on both sides of this line.
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Once each side is stitched, cut along the line you drew. Iron towards Fabric C.
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Square the blocks up to 3” squares. You will need a total of 16 combination HST blocks – 8 in each color way.
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Layout the HSTs and Combination HSTs along with the solid 3” squares of Fabric A and Fabric C.
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Sew the 36 squares together into one block.
This next step is completely optional. I wanted to add flowers to my trees since my orchard was recently in bloom – it’s just too beautiful not to embellish the block.
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I found a great charm square of fabric with perfect little white flowers on it for me.
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Take whatever charm square you find with small flowers (or apples or whatever) and fuse a square of Heat N Bond UltraHold onto the back.
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Once you have your fusible ironed on – fussy cut as many flowers from the fabric as you can.
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This particular square had just the right amount of flowers! Peel the paper off the back of the fusible and iron to the trees as seems pleasing to your eye.
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Now that the blossoms (or apples or whatever) are fused on, your ‘Cross Orchard’ block is complete!
Thanks for following along and I hope you enjoyed this block tutorial!
 
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2 comments:

  1. I really like this block--the colors and the design are great. Can't wait to try it--maybe in larger sizes.

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