|Crosses and Dots quilt|
The blocks are nine patch blocks made from nickel (5") squares or 5" wide strips of fabric. In this block, I prefer to use a 5" strip down the center of the block if I have the fabric available though three 5" squares sewn together works also. I used both methods in this quilt depending on what fabric I had available for each block.
Using nine 5" charm squares makes a nine patch block that finishes at 13 1/2". The large size means you don't have to make alot of blocks to make a quilt. I have used many variations of nickel nine patch blocks throughout this challenge. I use just 20 blocks for a lap size quilt that's 54" X 68". Crosses and Dots has only 12 blocks but with the added sashing and cornerstones is actually 4 1/2" longer and wider than if I had made 20 blocks and used no sashing!
On another note, this challenge ends on December 9th, my 55th birthday. If you are wondering if I completed the challenge, the answer is YES!! On this blog, you will find 55 ways to use 5" (nickel) squares of fabric in your quilting after my next post. Stay tuned, there will also be a give-away posted on December 9th.