May 6th: Simple Cross Block Tutorial

As the weekend greets us on this fine Friday afternoon, I thought I’d share with you a lovely and simply modern block that you can easily whip up in under half an hour as you unwind from the working week!


I’m calling it the Simple Cross block. It’s basically just a modified version of the X Plus Block but without the ‘X’ bits in each corner. They’ve been replaced with four 4.5″ squares.

So here’s a guide on how to make to it!


First, using two contrasting or matching fabrics, cut the following measurements from each one.

*Grey = background / Blue = main print

Next, pair up the two 2.5″ blue squares with two of the 2.5″ grey squares. (Image 1)


Flip and pin each pair together and then sew a 1/4″ seam down the side that’s pinned. (Image 2)

Then press the seam on each duo towards the darker side of fabric with a medium steamy iron. (Image 3)

Next, take the rectangle piece and the two left over 2.5″ grey squares and sew each one to either end. Press the seams outwards towards the darker side of fabric. (Images 4/5/6)


After that, take two of the 4.5″ grey squares and place one of the blue/grey duo rectangles in between them. (Image 7)


Flip and pin the duo to one of the sides of either square and then sew a 1/4″ seam along it. Press the seam outwards towards the 4.5″ corner square. (Images 8/9)

Then, sew the other 4.5″ grey square to the other side of the blue/grey duo. Make another row with the left over pieces, resulting in two identical rows. (Image 10)


 Next, sandwich the row with the blue rectangle in between the top and bottom and rows. (Image 11)


Pin the centre row evenly to the top edge of the bottom one and then sew them together using a 1/4″ seam. Neatly press the seam inwards towards the centre row. (Images 12/13)

Lastly, pin the top row to the top edge of the centre row and sew them together. (Image 14)


Press the seam inwards again to finish the block.


The finished size of the block is: 10.5″x10.5″ (26.5cmx26.5cm).


 Share your finished blocks with me on Instagram or on my Facebook page!

Happy Sewing, Friends!


Inspiration: 500 Quilt Blocks by Lynne Goldsworthy & Kerry Green


5 responses to “May 6th: Simple Cross Block Tutorial”

  1. I’ve always loved the plus block, so simple but for some reason it really speaks to me. Have you seen the newly-published book titled “Modern Plus Sign Quilts” by Cheryl Brickey? I want to make them all! Thanks for this tutorial, Amanda. Inspires me to try to make this next quilt! ~Diana from Toronto


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