CROSSED SQUARES QUILT BLOCK PATTERN



Crossed squares quilt block

Crossed squares quilt block

This Nancy Cabot quilt block pattern is a ten patch and there aren’t many of them around.  I’ve made it here as a 20″ square – in different colours it could be a crib quilt on its own!

Cutting requirements

2.7/8″ squares:  thirty two each in red and white

2.1/2″ squares:  twelve red, twenty four white

Making the crossed squares quilt block

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

 

All the 2.7/8″ squares are used to make half square triangles.  Place a red 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 to produce two half square triangle units.

 

Crossed squares quilt block layout

Crossed squares quilt block layout

 

Lay the squares out in ten rows of ten.  As usual, try and find the larger patterns to check on your placement.  The quilt block is completely symmetrical so you can check one side against the other.  I began by placing all the half square triangles round the edges first – they form a series of darker red triangles facing towards the centre.

 

First five rows of the crossed squares quilt block

First five rows of the crossed squares quilt block

Last five rows of the block

Last five rows of the block

The first five rows of the crossed squares quilt block on the left and the second five rows on the right.  As you can see they are mirror images of each other.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together.  It goes together really quickly.

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