Crosses and Losses ~ A Block Tutorial

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Thank you for all the kind words on my finished Crosses and Losses quilt! I have had a few requests for a pattern or tutorial for this vintage block. I thought I’d whip one up and share it with you today.

Crosses and Losses is a quilt block from the late 1800s and was published in the Ladies Art Company quilt pattern booklets.

Crosses and Losses
Quilt Block Tutorial

Finished Size : 8″ x 8″

Notes: All seam allowances are 1/4″; HST = Half Square Triangle

Step 1. Cut your fabric.

Focal/Print Fabric:
Cut (2) 3″ x 3″ squares; then cut diagonally resulting in (4) HSTs
Cut (1) 5″ x 5″ square; then cut diagonally resulting in (2) HSTs

Background Fabric:
Cut (2) 3″ x 3″ squares; then cut diagonally resulting in (4) HSTs
Cut (4) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ squares
Cut (1) 5″ x 5″ square; then cut diagonally resulting in (2) HSTs

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 2. Pair each of your 3″ print HSTs with a 3″ background HSTs. Stitch together down the diagonal edge of the fabric. Press your seams as desired. I pressed mine open.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 3. Trim your resulting blocks to 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 4. Pair each of your 5″ print HSTs with a 5″ background HSTs. Stitch together down the diagonal edge of the fabric. Press your seams as desired. I pressed mine open.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 5. Trim your resulting blocks to 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 6. Lay out your trimmed squares and your (4) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ background squares, as shown.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 7. Stitch the 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ squares into rows, resulting in 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangles as shown. Press your seams towards the background squares.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 8. Stitch your 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangles together, as shown. Press your seams as desired. I pressed mine open.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 9. Stitch your top (2) block segments together, resulting in (2) large rectangles.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Step 10. Stitch your (2) large rectangles together.

Crosses and Losses Block Tutorial : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Congratulations! You’ve made your Crosses and Losses block!

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12 Comments

  1. Reply

    Anne Burden

    February 24, 2016

    Thank you for the tutorial. Will make this one. Sp pretty.

  2. Reply

    Brita

    February 24, 2016

    Thank you! I fell in love with your quilt, now it’s on my to-do list.

  3. Reply

    Lizzie

    February 24, 2016

    Yay, thank you Faith! Such a lovely block, and beautiful quilt you made with it.

  4. Reply

    Mary

    February 24, 2016

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! πŸ™‚ Can you tell I’m grateful and happy for this? πŸ™‚

  5. Reply

    Kim B.

    February 24, 2016

    I can’t believe you already have a tutorial up for this! You are so generous with the quilting community.

  6. Reply

    Gail Enno

    February 24, 2016

    Thank you so much for sharing this interesting block. Looks great.

  7. Reply

    Peggy P

    February 25, 2016

    Thanks Faith for sharing with us!

  8. Reply

    Lynnette

    February 25, 2016

    Thanks for making the tutorial! I loved your quilt – especially all the colors.

  9. Reply

    Pam Winterrowd

    February 25, 2016

    I would like to PRINT your tutorial in order to have it for later, but the pictures do not come up. Any ideas about this? I notice they are png files instead of jpeg; is that the hold-up? LOVELY pattern!

    • Reply

      Faith

      February 25, 2016

      Hmmmm that’s strange! So you can’t see the pictures in your browser? The pictures are definitely jpgs.

  10. Reply

    Pam Winterrowd

    February 25, 2016

    Well, when hit PRINT, the pics DID print.ha.

  11. Reply

    Elaine Griglione

    February 26, 2016

    Thank you so much Faith. Your generosity is much appreciated!!!

    God Bless,

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