CROSSES AND LOSSES QUILT BLOCK

Crosses and losses quilt block

Crosses and losses quilt block

The Crosses and Losses quilt block is a four patch block attributed to the Ladies Art Company. It also goes by the names of Fox and Geese or Bouncing Betty. It’s a very simple block but there are strikingly different variations in design depending on how you sew several of these blocks together.

Cutting requirements for the crosses and losses quilt block

For each quilt block you will need four white 2.1/2″ squares, two 2.7/8″ squares in both black and white and one 4.7/8″ square in both black and white.




Making the crosses and losses quilt block

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Crosses and losses quilt block layout

Crosses and losses quilt block layout

Make half square triangles with both the 2.7/8″ squares and the 4.7/8″ squares.  Place a black 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 triangles.

Lay the patchword squares out as shown on the right.

Make four patch units

Make four patch units

Sew the squares together in two rows

Sew the squares together in two rows

Sew the small squares and half square triangles together in pairs and then sew the pairs together to create two four patch units.  Sew each four patch unit to a large half square triangle and then sew the two rows together to complete the crosses and losses quilt block.

First layout option

First layout option

Alternative layout option

Alternative layout option

The interesting thing about this quilt block is how many different ways several of them can be sewn together.  The most straightforward layout is when all the blocks face in the same direction as shown on the left.  However you can get a totally different look by rotating two blocks (top right and bottom left) so that you create a large white square in the middle.

Another crosses and losses quilt block layout option

Another crosses and losses quilt block layout option

Tote bag using crosses and losses quilt block

Tote bag using crosses and losses quilt block

The crosses and losses quilt block layout that I liked the best was this one – in fact I liked it so much that I made a tote bag using this design for the front panel.

Quilt Ideas

This section has been added a long time after the original article was written, which explains the difference in size of images.

Crosses and losses quilt image

Crosses and losses quilt image

Crosses and losses with alternate

Crosses and losses with alternate

I have shown here a quilt using just the crosses and losses quilt block (on the left) and another one using it alternated with a simple eight by eight block (on the right).

Of the two, I think I have to say that I prefer the quilt using the crosses and losses quilt block on its own – it has cleaner lines than the other one.

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Comments

  1. Brandy Alvarez says:

    WHat would be a good block to pair with this one to create yet another pattern?

    • Hi Brandy. My apologies for the delay in replying. I have added two quilt images to the pattern – one of the crosses and losses block only and one using an alternate checkerboard block (8 by 8). Hope you find this helpful.

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