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Jane A. Stickle Quilt row B: JAS-B05 – Hot Cross Buns

This was an easy block again.

I have seen it done with appliqued diamonds. I don’t think I would have been able to achieve such a neat look if I had appliqued the diamonds. They’re too small and I’m not good with points.

I printed the pattern and then cut the fabric.


  • four 1 1/2 in square pieces for the diamonds
  • two 2 in x 1 1/4in pieces for the outer border
  • two 5 in x 1in pieces for the outer border
  • three 4 in x1 pieces for the sashing


  • eight 1 1/4 in x 2 in pieces
  • eight 1 x 1 1/2 in pieces

This is an easier pattern to put together.

A couple of tips. I pressed every piece after stitching. I discovered that the block looks a lot neater if I do so.

The second tip is to trim  the seam a bit less than 1/4 in because the pieces are quite small and therefore avoid bulky seams.

I stitched the four diamond pieces, trimmed them and pressed well.

Pay attention when you place the diamonds so that they’re all pointing to the centre. Stitch in twos.

Then add the rest of the strips.

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

Virtual quilt

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.


  1. It’s interesting a couple of people have commented on the background effect. I hadn’t even noticed. I thought it looked good but I always like the look of gingham.


  2. Beautiful! I love the gingham look. So tiny! I’d love to duplicate it, but woould have to make a larger version. There is an “Add an Eighth” ruler, similar to the “Add a Quarter” ruler, that might help with your trimming.

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  3. I am from Cape Town, South Africa. We have started with the Dear Jane and this is just to thank you for all die advice and help so far -will definitely make use of your help as we progress. My Hot Cross Buns look lovely, and it was very easy following your method

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  4. Thank you. I have to go back to myr DJ. I haven’t made any progress on it for honks. Thank you for the encouragement:)


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