I’ve made the Easter Cross quilt with a cross in each quilt block and also a cross within the overall design. The block is my own design and you may be pleased to know that it is made with only squares and rectangles. I haven’t used a single triangle!
The quilt measures 67″ square, using 1 yard each of dark blue and medium blue, 1.1/2 yards of light blue, 1.1/4 yards of red and just 1/2 yard of yellow fabric. I made nine blocks, each one 21″ square finished size.
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Cutting requirements for the Easter Cross quilt
3.1/2″ squares: fifty two medium blue, eighteen red, eighteen yellow, seventy two dark blue
6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles: seventy two light blue, thirty six dark blue
9.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles: nine yellow
2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles: fifty four light blue, fifty four red
For the border you will need seven 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric cut across the width of fabric.
Make the Easter Cross quilt block
The block is simple to make, with the pieces laid out in seven rows.
Make rows one and seven with a dark blue square at each end. Place a medium blue square in the middle and two 6.1/2″ light blue rectangles between them.
Rows two and six have a 6.1/2″ light blue rectangle at each end. In the middle there’s a red square with a medium blue square either side of it.
For rows three and five place a 2″ light blue rectangle at each end with a 6.1/2″ medium blue rectangle just inside them. The middle of these rows consists of a yellow square with a red 2″ rectangle either side.
Finally for the fourth (middle) row place a 9.1/2″ yellow strip in the middle with a 2″ red strip either side followed by a medium blue square either side and a 2″ light blue strip at each end.
Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block. This now measures 21.1/2″ square and you need to make four of them.
Make the alternate quilt block
In the alternate block I have swapped the dark blue and medium blue pieces, but left the red, yellow and light blue pieces exactly the same. As you can see, this gives a darker block and I have used this to form the shape of the cross within the quilt.
Make five of the alternate block.
Assemble the Easter Cross quilt
Sew the blocks together in three rows of three. Place an Easter Cross block at each end with an alternate block in the middle for rows one and three.
In order to make row two, place three alternate blocks side by side.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Add the quilt border
For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric. Sew a 63.1/2″ length to the top and bottom of the quilt. Then make 67.1/2″ lengths for the sides.
That completes the Easter Cross quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.
Here’s the video:
I think that I may have mentioned problems with my computer over the last few weeks. Last week it became a far more serious problem so I took a trip back to Ludlow for my wonderful computer man to work his magic on it. Luckily he was able to fix the problem while I re visited my old haunts around Ludlow.
The Feathers Hotel is a 17th century coaching inn. The front view is stunning and it’s easy to see how it came to be known as ‘the most handsome inn in the world’. I had a very welcome coffee in there to escape the constant rain.