Block # 1412 Mock Maltese Cross
I'm super excited this time because my block is on the cover! You can see it to the left of the list of names, at the very top. To celebrate I will be giving away a copy of the issue. I'll also be giving away a second copy courtesy of the folks at Quiltmaker. I hope you're as excited as I am. Please read to the end to find out how you can get your copy. This offer ended midnight Sunday, May 7.
Congratulations to our winners Luiza G. from Brazil & Terri N. from Iowa, USA.
I want to share the story of my block with you. I belong to a quilt guild called the Connecticut Piecemakers and every year we have a pot holder exchange at our Christmas holiday luncheon. We make either a holiday themed pot holder or one themed for everyday use. I chose to make a holiday pot holder. When I started to think about a design I thought of poinsettias.
I selected the block for editing and then clicked the “Easy Draw” tab to edit the block. I then deleted the square in the middle that I didn’t like. I’m only going to work with one quarter of the block so I converted the rest of the lines into guides. Next I converted two of the lines in the point to guides.
I then used the “shape” tool to extend the remaining line to the edge of the block while trying to maintain the same angle as the original point. To do this turn off the “snap to grid points on worktable” button. The reason I did this is because I needed the pattern to be compatible to foundation piecing.
Next I connected the nodes with a line to create the other side of the point. I also added a diagonal line across the points where the square used to be. I then used the “shape” tool to stretch one of the lines on the point heading towards the center. This was also done to facilitate foundation piecing.
Then I zoomed in to center of the block so that I could make sure that the two images had indeed connected at the node. I repeated this step two more times to fill the remaining two quadrants. To complete the block add a horizontal and vertical line to delineate the four quarters. Then I colored the block. I started with a value placement similar to the original block.
As I was trying to think of a name for my block decided against using the name “Iron Cross” because it has negative connotations. As for calling the block “cross pattee” I wasn’t too keen with the idea either. If a history geek like me had never encountered the word before I didn’t think it would resonate with folks. So I went out on a limb and named it Maltese cross variation even though it doesn’t look exactly like a Maltese cross. My block is a bit of a mix between the two. Just like the cross pattee, on my block, the ends of the four cross points are flat. Yet instead of the sides of the cross points being concave, the sides on my block are straight, just like a Maltese cross.
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Happy Quilting, Janice