Joannes Designs Week40 'The Night Cross' a lap quilt design using two contrasting fabrics and a border fabric. This is a stunning quilt and requires you to choose two very contrasting fabrics or your cross design will be lost. I have chosen light grey and black. Black and almost any patterned fabric will work well, especially brights or pastels.
There are several ways to make this block. The first one I have given instructions for is foundation paper piecing. For this you will need to print off multiple copies of the foundation paper pattern below.
The second method is to use the fabulous HST (half square triangle) and I have given a rotary cutting guide for this below.
Either method will work well - it is just personal choice. I have friends who love foundation paper piecing as it is so accurate and therefore the seams match up effortlessly. I also have friends who having tried FPP once, will never do it again as they hated removing all the paper at the end. I myself don't mind it and feel that there are times that it is the only option to making certain intricate blocks.
Each block in the quilt is made 10" x 10" finished. There are 16 Black Cross blocks, 9 Grey Cross blocks, 12 half Grey Cross blocks for the sides and 4 corner Grey Cross blocks. The side and corner blocks can both be made using some of the original block pattern. The border is made from strips cut 2 1/2" wide.
To download the pattern, fabric yardage guide, foundation paper piecing pattern or rotary cutting guide click on the images below.
My advice when making this quilt:
This is a very simple block to make. I have found it easiest to cut my fabric into strips first. This works best for either method of constructing the blocks.
1. Cut fabrics into 4" wide strips for the foundation paper piecing method - this will give you a little room to play if needed. For the HST method you will need to cut your fabric into 3 3/8" strips.
2. Below is a video demonstrating the paper piecing technique. Karen Johnson of Connecting Threads is the demonstrator.
I hope you enjoyed Joannes Designs Week40. Just 12 patterns to go!
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