For the Alpine Cross Quilt pattern I have used both the alpine cross quilt block and a simple 25 patch block. I love the way that the grid forms and the white square in the middle of each diamond reminds me of a light blinking – or maybe I’m just being fanciful!
The quilt measures 49″ wide by 79″ long. I have used eight alpine cross quilt blocks and seven of the 25 patch blocks – these are all 15″ finished size squares. The fabric requirement is 3/4 yard of white and 1.3/4 yards each of both the blue and the turquoise.
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Cutting requirements for the alpine cross quilt blocks
3.1/2″ squares: sixty four turquoise, eight white
3.7/8″ squares: sixteen each in turquoise and white, sixteen each in blue and white, thirty two each in blue and turquoise
For the quilt border you will need six 2.1/2″ strips of blue fabric cut across the width of fabric.
Cutting requirements for the 25 patch blocks
3.1/2″ squares: seven white, eighty four each in blue and turquoise – but don’t cut these squares till you’ve read the full pattern as you can save some time with strip piecing
Making the alpine cross quilt block
Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour pairings listed above. Lay two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ square either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will give you two half square triangles which are now 3.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in five rows of five. There’s a white square in the middle. The middle row and the middle column are both made using two turquoise squares, then one white square and then two more turquoise squares.
There’s a blue/white half square triangle on each corner of the central square and a blue/turquoise half square triangle either side of each corner. The corner squares are turquoise/white half square triangles with the white placed outermost.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the alpine cross quilt block. You’ll need to make eight of these.
Making the 25 patch block
This is a nice easy block – five rows of five squares. I’ve used some strip piecing to speed things up a little. Sew together a 3.1/2″ strip each of turquoise and blue along the length. Cut this panel at 3.1/2″ intervals to make strips which contain a square each of blue and turquoise and which are 3.1/2″ wide and 6.1/2″ long. These can now be used within the block – basically you are saving time by sewing one long seam rather than lots of 3.1/2″ seams to join these squares. You will also need some individual blue and turquoise squares.
Lay the squares out in five rows of five. You’ll see that in the photo the square at the end of the fourth row is blue when it should be turquoise – luckily I noticed this before I sewed them together, but forgot to take another photo.
I’ve used two pairs of squares from the strip piecing with one individual square in each row, and basically I’ve alternated blue and turquoise across each row except for the middle row where I’ve put a single white square.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. You’ll need to make seven of these.
Assembling the alpine cross quilt
The blocks are sewn together in five rows of three blocks each. Rows 1, 3 and 5 are all the same as each other: an alpine cross quilt block at each end with a 25 patch block in the middle.
Rows 2 and 4 are the same as each other: a 25 patch block at each end with an alpine cross quilt block in the middle.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
I’ve made a simple frame for this quilt with 2.1/2″ strips of blue fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 79.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the alpine cross quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
Last week I promised some photos from my trip to Gibraltar and you can find them here.