I feel sure that this quilt block should be called Scotch Cross, rather than Scottish Cross, but I’ll stick with the name that it goes by. In fact this lap quilt pattern is based on the Scottish Cross quilt block, but I have simplified it enough to make it a substantially different block. It is in fact one single block, but made in four quarters rather than row by row.
The true Scottish Cross quilt block would not have the triangles rotating around the cross as I have made them.
The quilt measures 36″ square and I have used 1/2 yard each of green and yellow with 3/4 yard of white fabric.
9.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles: eight yellow, eight white
3.1/2″ squares: thirty two white, sixteen green, sixteen yellow
3.7/8″ squares: sixteen each in green and white
Making the Scottish Cross lap quilt
Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares. Place a green and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This produces two half square triangles which are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the green and trim the corners of the squares.
This lap quilt can best be made in quarters. Lay the squares out as shown. There’s a yellow and a white rectangle at the top and the bottom with two yellow and two white squares down each side. The middle of the block contains two white and two green large triangles – each one made with two squares and four half square triangles of that particular colour.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other. Make four of these quarters.
Sew the quilt blocks into pairs, rotating the blocks so that the green triangles are vertical in one of the pair and horizontal in the other. The yellow squares should form that half cross in the middle that you can see in the right hand photo.
Sew the pairs of blocks to each other taking care that the yellow squares form the full cross in the middle. That completes the Scottish Cross quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. You’ll notice that I haven’t put a border on this quilt – I think that if I had used one I would have put a 2.1/2″ strip of green around the quilt just to frame it.
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