Cross and crown quilt

Cross and crown quilt

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.

Cutting requirements

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

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles


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.


Layout of the crown part of the quilt block

Layout of the crown part of the quilt block

Sew the squares together across the rows

Sew the squares together across the rows

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.


Blue strips form the cross part of the quilt block

Blue strips form the cross part of the quilt block

Completed cross and crown quilt block

Completed cross and crown quilt block

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

Sew sashing between the quilt blocks

Sew sashing between the quilt blocks


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.


Use red squares for cornerstones

Use red squares for cornerstones

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.


Quilting fabrics

Quilting fabrics


I came across Art Gallery fabrics at a trade fair that I went to recently.  They are such gorgeous fabrics that I’ve decided to begin stocking some of them.  Do take a look at them in the shop:



Here’s the cross and crown quilt video:



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  1. Hello Rose,
    Love your quilt and the colors. It’s another winner and perfect for Easter. Glad your 3 children were there to celebrate the day with you. Certainly hope you are feeling better and enjoying the spring weather.
    I love viewing your videos. I usually print all the step by step instructions after I’ve watched them.

    • Hi Claire, Thanks for your kind comments. I’m glad you liked the cross and crown quilt. I’m definitely feeling a lot better, thanks. Rose

  2. Hi Rose ,I have recently bought a new Janome DC3050 although there is nothing wrong with my old Elna it was a “just because ” moment !
    I have also bought a 1/4 inch foot and can’t believe the difference it has made ,no more unpicking (I am not very confidant ) Can’t wait to use the new quilting foot as well .
    I just love your vidios but could you give us a nice nig smile ? love and hugs Sheila xx

    • Sorry Sheila – I’m trying to remember everything I want to say in the videos so maybe I do forget to smile. I’ll try and remember that as well!

  3. Annmaree says:

    Thanks Rose for sharing all of your great patterns, you make it so easy to understand how it all happens.

  4. Forgot to tell you to have a nice Easter. the weather today feels like Spring I know it will not last but it sure feels nice. And yes I think I will pig out on chocolate my weakness. Thank you for all your ideas

  5. Love all the quilts you make am making one of my own. Not as nice as yours. I am doing it for my new grandchild. The first one. She will have a few quilts as soon as I get good at making them. I will send a picture when I get it finished. I am working in flannel don,t know why. Probably because it was cold out. She is going to be born in June so she won’t need it until next winter. Oh well

    • First grandchild – how exciting. She can always lie on a quilt even if it’s too warm to lie under one – and of course every baby needs way more than just one quilt!

  6. Dear Rose, thank you for another super pattern, I have recently been housebound and it has been so lovely to follow your patterns and you email updates. Thank you for sharing, keep up the excellent work and I hope you have a fabulous time with family this Easter. x

    • Thanks, Pamela. Sorry to hear that you haven’t been well, but I’m glad that the patterns helped pass the time. Best wishes for Easter. rose

  7. Hello Rose, Thank you for your clear instructions. I have watched your video’s for ages and look forward to them. Have a wonderful time with your children and a peaceful Easter.

  8. Happy Easter Rose, I just want to let you know how much I enjoy your patterns, I have made quite a few of your quilts, loved the cat in the window one. Good luck with your new machine, the same thing just happened to me, still getting used to the new one. Take care and enjoy your family get together.

    • Thanks, Sharon. I’m glad you like the patterns. Luckily the controls on my new sewing machine are very similar to those on my last one, which helps. Best wishes for Easter. rose

  9. I enjoy all of your videos & patchwork patterns with clear instructions. They’re terrific! I’d just like to ask, do you ever get the chance to actually quilt any of them – if so, could we see the completed project? It would be wonderful to see them that way…Thanks a bunch!

    • Thanks, Carol. This year is the year of the UFO. I am making a determined effort to finish quilts. I have several nearly finished now so I think I might post a video every now and then explaining how I quilted them and why. Thanks for your interest. rose

  10. As always Rose another spectacular quilt.
    Thankyou so much for sharing all your beautiful designs with us all….
    Looking forward to the next one.

  11. Marilyn Larkin says:

    Dear Rose,
    Thank-you for completing yet another wonderful design in spite of all difficulties. Wishing you a wonderful Easter celebration with your family. Enjoy

  12. Betty Berney says:

    Thanks, I enjoyed this and will try making cross and crown for quilts of valor. Happy Easter.

  13. I love your website and the cross and crown is just beautiful with the colors
    you used! Thanks for sharing at this blessed Eastertime….enjoy your family!1

    • Thanks, Alice. I’m glad you like the pattern. It’s quite a striking quilt block, isn’t it? Best wishes for Easter. Rose

  14. You have some of the best patterns!!!! Your attention to detail is awesome. I have a problems sometimes reading and understand a pattern but your videos and pictures make it so easy. I am SO glad that I found your website and videos!!!!!!!!

  15. this is great, one that I can make. I love doing half squares, its one of my favorites. Thank you. Happy Easter and happy family times, don’t forget to take pictures.

  16. Nikki Moshier says:

    I just found a new way to make 1/2 triangles that I want to try and with your lovely explanation I can try them out with this block. I can see the crown made in pinks. Back the quilt with princess fabric and some little girl will love it! I make charity quilts so thank you for the inspiration.

  17. Marge Tarleton says:

    This quilt pattern is lovely. Hope you have a wonderful Easter with your family as well. I will probably have to work but I am still thankful and will enjoy what I am able with my family.

  18. great pattern especially for Easter season.

  19. Elizabeth says:

    That is so pretty. Thank you for the pattern. Can you tell me how big one cross and crown block is when finished.

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