Cross Roads Block // Tutorial

Today I am happy to share a tutorial as part of the Sew Red for Women Blog Hop.  Leah of Burgundy Buttons organized the Sew Red for Women blog (and blog hop!) in order to call attention to heart disease and raise money to fight it. Heart disease is the leading cause of death of women in the United States, and affects individuals, families, and neighborhoods.

According to Leah’s blog, over 80% of heart disease is preventable–take a minute to take the American Heart Association’s My Life Check   (I actually took the survey, and was not at all surprised to learn that I need to eat healthier. I was, however, surprised how much it impacted my “healthy heart score,” since everything else was on track.) Thank you, Leah, for working to raise awareness about heart disease, and for inviting me to participate in the blog hop. 

And now, on to the tutorial!

Fabric A: 2 strips 3 1/4” x 7” (dark pink solid)
Fabric B: 2 strips 3 1/4” x 7” (stripes)
Fabric C: 1 square 3 1/4” x 3 1/4” (feature print)
Fabric D: 2 squares 7 1/4” x 7 1/4” (red solid)


This block is a 9 patch set on point with setting triangles.  Use starch or starch alternative when ironing your strips and squares to lessen distortion sometimes caused when sewing bias edges.

1.  Cut the 2 red 7 1/4” x 7 1/4” squares (Fabric D) in half along the diagonal; you will have 4 half square triangles.  Cut 1 of the dark pink fabric strips into (2) 3 1/4” squares (Fabric A).  Set aside.

2. Sew the three remaining 3 1/4” x 7” strips as shown below: Fabric A-Fabric B-Fabric A. Press seams.

3. Cut the pieced strip into 2 pieces measuring  3 1/4” x 8 3/4”.

4. Cut remaining pink strip (Fabric A) into 2 squares 3 1/4” x 3 1/4”. Sew 3 remaining squares together: Fabric A-Fabric C-Fabric A. Press seams.

4. Pin at seams and sew 3 pieced strips together. Press.

5. Set 9 patch on point. Center 1 setting triangle (Fabric D) on edge of 9 patch, pin, and sew. Center opposite setting triangle, pin, and sew. Repeat for remaining 2 triangles. Press carefully.  Note: Do not stretch or distort the fabric as you sew or press.

6. Trim block to 12.5” square.

7. Add your block to the Sew Red for Women flickr group!  Happy sewing.

Different fabric choices, randomizing setting triangles, or including corner triangles will change the look of the block.  I’m working on a Spring Cross Roads quilt right now–check out the blocks here and here.

If you would like to make this block or any of the others,  Burgundy Buttons is selling fabric packs that conveniently contain the fabric needed to make each block. Fabrics used are from Chemistry by Cosmo Cricket + Moda solids. 

To celebrate the third block, the gals over at Sweetwater have generously donated a really cute pink heart charm to one lucky winner.  Head on over to Sew Red For Women for details on how to win!
Finally, looking for blocks you have missed, or want to look ahead to the future? Here is a list of participating bloggers:

February 3
Leah of Burgundy Buttons
March 3
Fat Quarterly’s Tacha of Hanies Quilts
April 3
Me! Swim, Bike, Quilt
May 3
Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting
June 3
Charlie of Qubee Quilts
July 3
Jessica of Twin Fibers
August 3
Melissa of The Polkadot Chair
September 3
Amber of A Little Bit Biased
October 3
Amy of Diary of a Quilter
November 3
Amy of Amy’s Creative Side

December 3
Sherri of A Quilting Life
January 3

Fat Quarterly’s Lynne of Lily’s Quilts
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  1. Posted April 3, 2012 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Thanks Katie! I just took the survey and need to improve on my physical activity.

  2. Posted April 3, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Katie. Great looking block.

  3. Posted April 3, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    What a pretty block. I did the survey. Since I don’t know what the medical numbers are for me (I know blood pressure is always good), I can see that I need to eat better.

  4. Posted April 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    great block for a great cause

  5. Posted October 4, 2012 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    I just came across the Sew Red for Women blog tour & getting caught up on everyone’s blocks! Love your block & it’s a great cause!

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