Cross Within Cross Quilt Block

Cross within cross quilt block

Cross within cross quilt block

I thought that the cross within cross quilt block was particularly appropriate in the week leading up to Easter.  It’s a four patch block attributed to Nancy Page – one of the newspaper columnists who published quilt block patterns in the 1930’s.  I’ve made it here as 16″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the cross within cross quilt block

4.1/2″ squares:  five white

2.1/2″ squares:  eight pink, five white

2.7/8″ squares:  four each in pink and white, four each pink and purple

4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  eight purple




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the cross within cross quilt block

Make half square triangles with the 2.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares 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.  This will produce two half square triangle units which are not 2.1/2″ squares.

The cutting requirements above clearly state pink/purple for some of the half square triangles – so I wish I could explain why I promptly made some purple/white units – which are not needed in this block!

Cross within cross quilt block layout

Cross within cross quilt block layout

Anyway, once you’ve made the correct half square triangles, lay everything out as shown.  There’s a large white square in each corner and in the middle.  Around the central square place a purple rectangle on each edge with a small white square in the corners of this central section.

Between each corner square there’s an 8 patch unit which is the same on each edge of the block.  The first row of this unit has a pink square at each end with a pink/purple half square triangle between them.  The second row is made with a pink/white half square triangle at each end and a purple rectangle between them.

Sew the squares within each section

Sew the squares within each section

Sew the squares together within each section first.  This will give you three distinct rows.  Sew the units together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the cross within cross quilt block.

Cross within cross with horizontal setting

Cross within cross with horizontal setting

I’ve come up with two quilt suggestions for this block.  In the first one I have put sixteen blocks in four horizontal rows of four blocks.

Quilt with diagonal setting

Quilt with diagonal setting

Then I tried a diagonal setting and that made another completely different looking quilt – very pretty, but you do rather lose the crosses within the overall design.

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Comments

  1. Both options and both colours are beautiful.

  2. Hi Rose, I agree it is an appropriate quilt for this time and it would make very nice lap quilts .I have done a number of yours because you make it so easy to understand and your pictures to go with it. I particularly like the color in this on. Thanks and please continue.

    • Thanks, Lois. I don’t think that I’ve used pink and purple together like this before – and you’re right, they do look good together.