The double cross quilt block is a four patch block attributed to Hearth and Home. It’s obviously based on the spool quilt block, but I rather like the extra bits around the spool. I have made it here as an 8″ block, but you could make it into a 12″ block using 3″ finished size squares.
Cutting requirements for the double cross quilt block
2.7/8″ squares: seven blue, seven white
2.1/2″ squares: two blue
Making the double cross quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 2.7/8″ squares. Place a white square and a blue square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a seam either side of the marked line and then cut along the line. This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. The two blue squares are placed in the third place on the second row and in the second place on the third row. All the other squares are half square triangles and you’ll have to check the photo to see which way to place these.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the double cross quilt block.
For the first quilt idea, I just placed the blocks all pointing in the same direction.
This makes a perfectly acceptable quilt design, but I felt that a much better result was achieved when I rotated the blocks.
Across each row there are two blocks with the spool facing one way and two blocks with the spool facing the other way. This throws up that rather lovely star in the middle of the quilt and I think that it gives a more interesting quilt to look at.
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