Homespun: Cross Arm Unit

Now that the corner units are done I do a little happy dance because I feel the most tedious part of this quilt is over and everything else is downhill. Part of the work for these units are already done since the 1 1/2″ red and white strips are sewn, it is simply a matter of cross cutting them to use for the bottom half of the unit.

Making the Middle Cross Arm Unit

  • Cut 7 strips of white at 5 1/2″ x WOF (width of fabric). Sub cut to 3 1/2″ for a total of 80 rectangles.
  • Cut 6 strips of each color 2 1/2″ x WOF. Sew the red and white strips together. Press toward the red. Cross cut the strips at 1 1/2″ for a total of 160 units
  • Cross cut the three red and white strips at 1 1/2″ for a total of 80 units.
  • Alternating color and sizes, sew the units as shown. Press seams toward the rectangles.

Sew the 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ rectangle to the unit as shown below. Press toward the white.

Completed middle cross arm unit

Make the top and bottom rows

Arrange all the corner units and 40 of the middle cross arms as shown. Matching seams, sew the units into rows. Press toward the center.

Corner and middle cross arms for top and bottom rows.

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