The crossed canoes quilt block is a paper pieced block, but still a simple one. I have made it here as a 12″ square finished size, using two different colourways to give some variety. Each quarter is made individually and then the quarters are sewn together.
You can download the template here.
I have done something differently in the cutting out, but this only works on some blocks. However it does save on fabric when you can do it.
Cutting out the fabric
I have printed the template out five times – one for each quarter and one to cut the individual templates from. The numbering is already marked on the templates, but I usually write the fabric colour on each template as well, just as an extra safety device.
The templates are for the finished sizes of the pieces, so make sure that you leave a good 1/4″ all the way round for seam allowances.
Sewing the crossed canoes quilt block
Place the first piece of fabric on the back of the template, with right side up. Hold the template up to the light so that you can check that the template is centrally placed, with the 1/4″ seam allowance even all round.
Place the second piece of fabric on top of this with right side down. Pieces A2 and A3 are the same measurements as each other, but mirror images. As you are working on the back of the template, you’ll find that A2 actually covers the space for A3. It’s always a good idea to place the fabric in the place that you wish it to cover before you flip it over and sew it in place. Reduce your stitch length – I put mine to 1.5. Sew the triangle in place, flip it to right side up and press.
Now place the other triangle in place on the other side of the central triangle, right side down. Sew the seam, flip the triangle so that it’s right side up and press.
Finally add the red triangle in the corner in exactly the same way. Lay the block with the paper on top so that you can see the lines and trim all the way round on the lighter seam allowance line outside the block.
Make two quarters in this way.
For the second pair of quarters I have reversed the blues so that the central triangle is dark blue, the outer triangles are light blue and the corner triangle is yellow.
Assembling the crossed canoes quilt block
Rotate the quarters so that the red or yellow triangles are always in the middle, with the two yellow triangles diagonally opposite each other. Sew the blocks together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other to complete the crossed canoes quilt block.
I’ve shown a basic quilt made using only one colour choice of the block. This one uses just four blocks, sewn together in two rows of two.
When you use the colour choices that I have made above, you can make a very different quilt – I am thrilled to bits with this one!
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