Cross of St George Quilt Block

Cross of St George quilt block

Cross of St George quilt block

With today being St George’s Day I couldn’t resist making a Cross of St George quilt block.  It’s not flag shaped because I wanted a square, but I’ve made it as a 9″ square.  It would look quite neat in a quilt border, I think.

According to wikipedia, the cross of St George was adopted back in the 11th or 12th Century.  St George was considered to be a warrior king and so his cross was seen as a fitting emblem during the Crusades.  The red cross was adopted into the Union Flag in 1606 although it has no official standing within the UK.  It tends to come out at sporting fixtures – or today on St George’s Day.




Cutting requirements

Four 4.1/2″ white squares

Two 4.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ red strips

One 9.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ red strip

Cross of St George quilt block layout

Cross of St George quilt block layout

Making the Cross of St George quilt block

This is a very basic block – lay the fabric pieces out with the white squares in the corners, one small red strip vertically between each pair of white squares and the long red strip running horizontally between the pairs of white squares.

Sew the squares across the rows

Sew the squares across the rows

Sew the squares and short red strips together across the rows.  You then have three rows of patchwork.  Sew these to each other to complete the Cross of St George quilt block.

I have planned to use a red cross block in my world war I quilt, but it will be on point so I need to make a block that has red diagonals – then they will show as a red cross when the blocks are positioned diagonally.  I just need to finish my poppy frame on the quilt so that I can work out what size I need to make the red cross blocks.

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