August Block of the Month: Hot Cross Buns
|BACKGROUND FABRIC||MEDIUM FABRIC||DARK FABRIC|
|(20) 2 1⁄2” squares||(5) 4 1⁄2” squares||(1) 7 1⁄4” square|
|(1) 7 1⁄4” square|
Pro Tip: If your blocks are coming out a bit too small, size the cut fabric up by 1/8”. This will give you more wiggle room to size the block accordingly. Simply trim off the excess fabric after piecing.
Square in a Square
First start by drawing a diagonal line on the wrong side of all (20) 2 1/2” background fabric squares. You will stitch directly on top of this line.
Take (1) 4 ½” medium fabric square and place (1) 2 ½” background square right sides together in the top left corner. Pin together. Place another 2 ½” background square in the bottom right corner of the 4 ½” medium fabric square and pin
Sew directly on both drawn diagonal lines. Fold open the triangles and press *before* trimming to check that the edges of the background fabric match up with the colored fabric. This will help keep the square in a square… well, square.
If you’re satisfied with the edges, then trim the excess fabric 1/4” away from the seam. If you’re not happy with the edges, I suggest unpicking and sewing the seam again.
Repeat four more times for a total of five square in a square pieces.
Half Square Triangles
This is a faster method for half square triangles know as the “four at a time” method.
Layout the HSTs and Square in a Square pieces as shown in the diagram. The small arrows show the direction to press your seams.
Sew the top row together first, pressing the seams toward the darker fabric in the HST squares.
Then sew the rows together, pressing the seams open. When sewing the rows together, make sure to pin the seams so the squares will line up. Because there are triangles ALL the blocks, the selvage of the fabric can make the triangles warp if you’re not careful. So make sure to pin in place, and if you are still having problems, remember to starch your fabric!
Your block is done! Now share it on social media!! I love seeing all the different blocks that all you quilters create!
Remember, our Facebook group has all these patterns available as well. And we are giving away free longarm quilting at the end of the year for those that have finished their quilt! So stay tuned!