Clementine Quilt Along: Block 4

Month four of the Clementine Quilt Along from the Fat Quarter Shop was released this week! This month’s block is called Coconut Cross, and it is just as cute as the first three blocks. This quilt along benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the free block patterns are published on the Fat Quarter Shop blog on the 25th of each month. They only suggest you make a $5 donation to St. Jude’s for each pattern you download. Here’s my version of the block:

Finished Coconut Cross blocks

Without my Twenty Stash-Teen goal, I might not have been so willing to cut into my Tula Pink stash. I’m loving how these Tula fabrics make these blocks sing!

Tips & Tricks

My first tip for this month is to press your seams open as stated in the directions. There aren’t enough seams to match to make pressing to the side better. Pressing your seams open will also cut down on bulk as you get closer to finishing your blocks.

As always, I have another fabric-saving tip for you this month. I saved 5 inches of background fabric, for a total of 15.5 inches saved so far!

  • Cut one strip 3 3/8 inches and cross cut your 8 squares, per the directions.
  • Trim that strip to 3 inches to cross cut 6 of your 3-inch squares.
  • Cut three strips 3 inches – instead of the 4 in the directions – to cut your remaining 3-inch squares.
  • Cut one strip 2 3/8 inches and cross cut your 8 squares, per the directions.
  • Trip that strip to 2 inches to cross cut 12 of your 2-inch squares.
  • Cut two strips 2 inches – instead of the 3 in the directions – to cut your remaining 2-inch squares.

Fabric Pull Picture

I have a thing for taking pictures of my fabrics for a new project before I do any cutting. There’s just something about seeing the whole fabrics next to the finished blocks to show just how awesome our craft is.

four fabrics selected for this project

Cut it up. Sew it together. Cut it up again. Sew it together again. This is why I love quilting.

Get Caught Up

If you’ve missed any of my previous blocks and tips, you can take a look here:

So are you quilting along? Share your pictures with #clementinequiltalong and tag me so I can see them too! I’m @loveofthread on Instagram and Twitter.

2 Responses to Clementine Quilt Along: Block 4
  1. Roseanne Reply

    Hi Joni,
    I love reading your tips for each of these blocks, and the fabric savings are worth the price of admission alone. Fifteen and a half inches of savings is a LOT! And wow, how the fabric looks SO different when it is cut up.
    ~smile~ Roseanne

    • Joni Reply

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the tips! I’m just not ambitious enough to do anything meaningful with those leftover half strips, that I try to save cutting anytime I can!

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