My Across the Sea quilt (pictured below) lies at the foot of my bed and every time I see it I smile. It was the first quilt-along I hosted, with my friend Sarah, and I still love the design.
Cross Quilt Block Sewing Tutorial
(4) 4.5″ x 2.5″ arms
Background Fabric: (4) 4.75″ x 4.75″ corners
(4) 2.75″ x 4.5″ arms
12.5″ x 12.5″ square up ruler
First: Sew your blocks with a SCANT 1/4″ seam. (A scant quarter inch seam is slightly smaller than 1/4″ and for me this means moving my needle over one place to the right.)
1. Lay out your fabric as you like it.
2. Sew the arms to the middle square of the cross.
3. Sew the background arms to the cross arms. (You can do this to all arms now or just the top and bottom.)
4. Turn your fabric over to the back and press the seams OPEN. Press again on the front.
5. Sew the corners to the cross arms on the top and bottom rows.
6. Press the seams open as in step 4. (If you didn’t sew the side arms of the background on already, do it now.)
7. Take your top row and place it right sides together with your middle row. Line up the seams and pin the top and middle rows together.
Sew them together making sure the seams on the bottom are flat as you go.
8. Sew the bottom row to the middle row as you did in step 7.
9. Press seams open and press the front.
Squaring Up your blocks:
The block you just completed will be close to 13″ x 13″ but before we sew them together for the quilt top, they need to be trimmed to 12.5″ x 12.5.”
Using your 12.5″ x 12.5″ square up ruler, position the ruler in the middle of the block and trim the excess from each side so your block is now 12.5″ x 12.5″ square.
You might also want to check out my Starflower Block Tutorial or my Improv Log Cabin Tutorial!