Tutorial for 20" x & + block by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
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November Siblings Together Block – Giant Cross & Plus Block

Unbelievably, we’re just a few hours away from November and it’s my turn to chop up all the fabric and sew all the blocks together for Siblings Together.

I received from Moda some lovely Mimi…

…and then spent a while deliberating what block to actually do. I’ve always liked the x&+ block and thought it would be fun to ask everyone to make one giant block that will be 20″ when finished. 

Giant 20" x&+ block cutting instructions by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

I’m not going to do a tutorial as there is already a fabulous one over at Badskirt so instead, I’m going to give you the details here for turning it into a giant block which will measure 20.5″ before joining. And I’ve been trying to channel my inner Lynne by playing with Touchdraw in an attempt to give you clear & pretty pictures!

To make a 20″ X and + block you will need to cut….

Giant 20" x&+ block cutting instructions by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

And then join them together following the tutorial (although here’s a pic because I got a little carried away in Touchdraw!)  

Giant 20" x&+ block cutting instructions by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Being a bigger block, one thing I found helpful was using a pin to match the diagonal seams of the cross corners – particularly when joining the central strip to the two outer strips – as a little difference at one end can be quite a big difference by the time you get to the end of the strip (I may be talking from experience here….!!!!)

And here’s my November Bee Block – isn’t the Mimi gorgeous?!

Giant 20" x&+ block cutting instructions by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

I can’t wait to get all the blocks back and hope you have fun making it! (you can see the finished quilt here!)

S x

Today’s sky ● overcast and miserable. Meh

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