The Flowering Cross quilt block is one of those lovely blocks that has a pretty name and you can see exactly how it came by its name. It’s classified as a four patch block and I have made it here as a 16″ square.
Cutting requirements for the flowering cross quilt block
2.1/2″ squares: four purple, twenty dark pink, sixteen light pink, sixteen white
2.7/8″ squares: four dark pink, four white
Make half square triangle units
There aren’t many half square triangles in this block, you’ll be pleased to hear. Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make them. Place a dark pink 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 will produce two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowances towards the pink and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.
Make the flowering cross quilt block
I have chosen to make all the corner units first because I think that’s the simplest option. These are nine patch units: there’s a purple square in the top left corner with three dark pink squares around it. There’s another dark pink square in the bottom right corner and two pairs of light pink squares in the remaining spaces.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
You need to make four of these.
The units to go between each pair of corners are just as simple to make.
There are two pairs of white squares and one pair of half square triangle units. These are placed so that the white triangles are against the white squares, forming that arrow shape.
Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other. Make four of these.
You can now lay out the complete block. Rotate the corner units so that the purple square is always in the corner of the block. Place the white/pink units between each pair of corners, always with the pink triangles nearest the middle of the block. In the centre place four dark pink squares.
Sew the squares together to make the four patch in the middle of the block and you’ll see that you now have three distinct rows to sew together.
Sew the patchwork pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the flowering cross quilt block.
This is how the block looks when nine blocks are sewn together in three rows of three.
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