The cross and crown quilt block is one of those blocks that has been around forever. There are many different versions and the one that I have made here is classified as a five patch block. It is very simple to make and I have used red for the crown and blue for the cross. The quilt measures 48″ square and I have used 1.1/4 yards each of white and blue with 3/4 yard of red fabric.
3.1/2″ squares: sixty four white, twenty red
3.7/8″ squares: thirty two each in red and white
3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangles: eight blue
3.1/2″ by 21.1/2″ strips: six blue
3.1/2″ by 45.1/2″ strips: five blue
Making the cross and crown quilt block
Use all the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place a red and 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 to produce two half square triangles. These are 3.1/2″ squares.
There are four crowns in each quilt block, so you will need sixteen of these. It’s a very simple nine patch layout with three rows of three. There are four white 3.1/2″ squares, one red 3.1/2″ square and four half square triangles. Each pair of half square triangles makes a larger red triangle.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together.
I have used blue for the cross part of the quilt block as well as for the sashing between the cross and crown quilt blocks. There is a 9.1/2″ blue strip between each pair of crowns and a 21.1/2″ blue strip across the middle joining the two pairs of crowns together. Note that the crowns have been rotated so that they are always facing away from the centre. Sew the two crowns and short blue strip together in the top and the bottom rows and then sew each pair of blocks to the blue strip in the middle. Make four of these. Each block is 21″ square finished size.
Assembling the cross and crown quilt
Join two of the cross and crown quilt blocks together with a 21.1/2″ blue strip. Repeat with the other two blocks. Join the two pairs of blocks together with a 45.1/2″ blue strip. This is more or less the same procedure that you used to join the individual crowns to make the quilt block. Sew another 45.1/2″ blue strip to the top and one to the bottom of the quilt. Unfortunately these are just too long to be made from the width of fabric so you will need to sew together two pieces of fabric to get this length.
I have used red 3.1/2″ squares for the cornerstones. You will need four of these. Sew one to each end of the remaining two 45.1/2″ blue strips and sew these to the sides of the quilt.
That completes the cross and crown quilt which is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found towards the bottom of the beginner quilting section.
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Here’s the cross and crown quilt video: