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Cross Design Quilt Block 

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clipart picture of a cross style quilt block

Cross Quilt Blocks are blocks that have a cross shape as the most dominant feature.  This is usually obtained by subdividing some of the patches into rectangles.

the grids of a 4-patch cross style blockAs you can see from the picture on the left, this cross style block is a 4-patch, that has been further divided into 16 patches. 

The center square covers 4 patches, and is twice the size of the corner blocks.  If you choose to make each patch finish at 2 inches, than the center is cut 4 1/2 inches to finish at 4 inches.

The degree of difficulty with this block is the rectangles.  The rectangles take up the space of 2 patches, but the darker stripes are thinner than the white stripes.

You need to calculate a combination of 3 wider light strips with 2 dark stripes that will finish at 4 inches.  One easy calculation is to make the 3 light strips finish at one inch.  You now have one inch left over for the dark strips.  Since you need two of them, they will finish at 1/2 inch.

If you don't like the proportions,  you can make minor adjustments.

You always have to be careful with cross style blocks.  See Cross Design 01 for a few design tips for blocks with crosses.

Notice in the picture below how well the Sawtooth, another 4-patch quilt block, looks with the 4-patch Cross Block.  The churn dash, a 9-patch block,  doesn't match as well.

 

clipart picture of a Churndash quilting block clipart picture of a Cross style quilting block clipart picture of a Sawtooth quilting block

 

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