Cross Block Tutorial

17 June 2013

I have been loving all of the cross block projects that have been floating around flickr.  Rachel made a gorgeous quilt with this block but in a larger size which you can see here.  I believe the original inspiration came from Ashley's (Film in Fridge) Marcelle Pluses quilt, and Alexia Abegg's book, Liberty Love.  I had a hard time finding a tutorial on how to make them so I thought I would put one together for you guys!  This tutorial is for a 5" finished block.  I was able to make a 20" pillow cover with 16 blocks and I loved how it turned out.  Here's how I put mine together!

To make one block you will need:
Background Print:
  • (4) 2.5" x 2.5" squares
  • (4) 1.5" x 1.5" squares 
Main Print:
  • (2) 1.5" x 1.5" squares
  • (1) 1.5" x 3.5" strip

I started by sewing a 1.5"x1.5" background square to the 1.5"x1.5" main fabric which made the top of the cross. And then did the same for the bottom of the cross. Then I sewed the 1.5"x1.5" background squares to the 1.5"x3.5" strip.  When you are finished with that, you will have something like what is pictured below.

Then, I sewed the rows together.  I started with the 2.5" background square and sewed it to the top of the cross and then to the other 2.5" square.  Then, I did the same for the bottom row.  When that is done, your block will look like what is pictured below.

All you need to do now is sew your rows together and you will have a finished block!

I made 16 of these blocks to make a 20" pillow cover.

Just in case you want to make a 20" pillow cover, here is what you will need...
Background Print:
  • (64) 2.5" x 2.5" squares
  • (64) 1.5" x 1.5" squares 
Main Print:
  • (32) 1.5" x 1.5" squares (in sets of 2)
  • (16) 1.5" x 3.5" strips (each one matching a set of 2- 1.5"x1.5" squares)
And then finish however you like.
Here is a great tutorial for an invisible zipper.
Katy of i'm a ginger monkey also did a great 5 part series on how to finish a pillow.  You can check it out here.


  1. Great tutorial! I absolutely love this cross blocks with the low volume background -- perfection!

  2. awesome! love yours. Here's how I made mine:

  3. I just love this. Thanks for the tutorial.

  4. Love your pillow! Thank you so much to the great tutorial and supplies list! Can't wait to make one!

  5. Such a gorgeous pillow!! I was trying out feedly today, which I really like, but it won't let me leave comments using my phone. :( you have so many posts I want to comment on!! (I haven't read blogs for months and months!) Anyway, just want to say hi! :)


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