waste invest plenty of time on Pinterest…who doesn’t? There are just so many things to discover and it’s a great place for inspiration. That’s where I stumbled upon the Greek Cross block. It’s quite possibly my new favourite block. It’s sort of like a Churn Dash but…not.
I whipped up a quick pattern and thought about using Kaffe Fassett fabrics to make up the cross part of the block however I figured that might be too busy for what I was going for. I ended up going with Kona Solids (Pond & Mango for the crosses, Bone for background) and Cotton & Steel (XOXO #2 Pencil) for the corner half-square triangles. The finished block size is 12″ x 12″. I managed to get the top done in a day and will post a picture once it’s quilted and ready to go.
Half-square Triangles have to be one of the most common blocks in quilt making. A quilt I’m working on is made up of 302 HST….this Greek Cross one has 80. Needless to say, I’m becoming an expert a HST. If you need a bundle of HST, I’ll tell you how to do the ‘Magic 8’ method which will save you so much time.
Here’s how you can cut 8 HST at once:
First determine what size your finished half-square triangles will be.
Example: Let’s say you want to make 3” finished half-square triangles. Add 7/8” to that (3 7/8”). Multiply that by 2 (this would be 7 3/4”). Therefore, you will need squares that measure 7 3/4” to make your 3” finished half-square triangles.
Based on the above formula, cut two squares from your desired fabric to size. Then draw a diagonal line (with an erasable pen or chalk) from corner to corner on the wrong side of one square. Placing right sides together, stitch a quarter inch on both sides of the drawn lines. This is where you need to be careful – without moving the sewn fabrics, you will make four cuts: Vertically at the center, horizontally across the center, and diagonally along both drawn lines. Et voila!
I usually add about a quarter inch extra to my original squares (The example is 7 3/4″, I would cut mine at 8″) and use the Triangle Square Up Ruler by Quilt In A Day to cut the triangles to size.