As I was saying in my post yesterday, I am queen bee this month in the Siblings Together Bee 2. I couldn't find a pattern I really wanted to use so I played a little bit with an high-tech quilt design software (aka Excel) to put on paper/screen the idea I came up with, which could work for a bee. I decided on this block that I have called Cross Roads. It is a "pixelated" block that can be chain pieced very easily. Read on if you want to know how to piece it with, what I like to call my "extreme chain piecing" method, which is also an excellent method to avoid any confusion/mistake when you are piecing a pixelated block. All the squares are sewn as arranged for the block. I used this method when I worked on my Super Mario blocks and it was perfect with all these little 1' squares.
The block is not difficult as it is made of squares only. My block finishes at 18' and is made of 81 squares (2.5'). If you have a Sizzix machine and the 2.5' square die, this is ideal to cut your fabric for this block!
So for this block you will need:
40 background squares (white/cream/beige/off white for my block)
16 green squares
13 blue squares
12 red squares
and starting from your last row (I) make a pile of your pair.
Don't cut the thread between your groups of 3 squares and go and collect row 4 starting from I4.
Repeat until there is no lose square left! You will get an elongated version of your final block like this, which needs to be squeezed!