Flag Plus Block
This is what I'm aiming for when I get all the blocks from my hive:
|Yes, I do all my sketching on graph paper with ball point pens.|
I think I'll make smaller pluses for the blank rectangles on the sides. Not sure yet though, I'll see what happens when I receive blocks from my bee mates.
This is what each of the larger blocks will look like. My color scheme is black and white/lowish volume background with bright jewel color pluses.
|Flag Plus Block|
Here goes the tutorial!
Background (I chose scrappy, low volume b&w fabrics):
 5.75" by 7.5" rectangles
 2" by 2.5" rectangles
 2" by 3.5" rectangles
Plus color (I chose a yellow floral that I'm really into right now):
 2" by 8.5" rectangle
 2" by 4.5" rectangle
First we'll sew together each side section of the Plus. You'll take the two 4.5" plus color rectangles and the two 3.5" background rectangles and sew one of each together along the short side. You should end up with two segments like this:
|Plus sides. Each is one 3.5" background rectangle and one 4.5" plus rectangle.|
Next we'll sew each side of the block together. You want to sew one of the side sections of the plus you just made between two of the large background rectangles along the long sides. Sew one large background rectangle to the top of the side section, and one to the bottom and you'll end up with two larger segments that each look similar to this:
|You will end up with two of these side sections.|
Next you'll sew the middle portion of the block. It's also the middle section of the 'plus'. Take the 8.5" Plus rectangle and sew a 2.5" background rectangle to each of the short sides. Yours should look something like this:
|8.5" plus rectangle with both 2.5" background rectangles sewn to it.|
Finally we'll sew these three sections together to make the block! I've laid out each section the way I'm going to sew them together: When you're laying them out, just make sure that each side segment is rotated so that the plus section is butted up next to that middle plus section, as depicted below.
|Final block layout.|
First sew the left side to the middle, then the right side to the middle. Press your seams towards the center, or open, whichever you prefer. Now you should have a completed Flag Plus block measuring 16" by 12.5"!
|Final block, once again.|
I also made a second block that ended up being a little scrappier. Same principal, I just pieced one of the larger background rectangles.
|Another slightly scrappier Flag Plus block!|
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and I'll be sure to share the finished quilt once I get all the blocks and all the details figured out! If you have any questions or comments feel free to let me know!
Linking up to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.