Summer Sampler Series : Greek Cross

The first block I selected to make for the Summer Sampler Series is the Greek Cross, which can be found on Page 209 Block 1646c of Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns. According to The Quilted Cross by J Michelle Watts, “The Greek cross is one of the original forms used by Christians. Before Christianity, this cross was an emblem of the Greek goddess of crossroads, Hecate.”

The Greek Cross is a traditional equal nine patch made up of half square triangles (HSTs), squares and rectangles. Nine patch blocks consist of nine squares, three across and three down. They are simple and were often used as a teaching block to children as they learned to quilt.

This block can look dramatically different depending on your color choices and where you decide to leave “white space”.

Greek Cross Quilt Block Tutorial

Please note, all seams are 1/4″; Final block size 12.5″ unfinished

Step 1. Cut your fabric:

Pattern Piece Fabric Color
Center Cross Cut 1 4.5” x 4.5” Turquoise
Cut 4 2.5” x 4.5” Turquoise
Background Cut 4 2.5” x 4.5” White
Cut 2 5” x 5” White
Corners Cut 1 Each
(Total of 4*)
5” x 5” Purple, Yellow, Orange, Pink

*If you chose to use the same fabric color/pattern for each corner piece, you will only need to cut 2 squares.

2. Place 1 White 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle and 1 Turquoise 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle right sides together. Sew together along the 4.5″ edge. Press. Repeat for the other 3 sets of white and turquoise 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles.

Resulting squares

3. Cut your 2 White 5″ x 5″ squares along the diagonal. Repeat for your colored 5″ x 5″ squares. Set aside one of each of the resulting colored half square triangles (HST). You will only need 1 of each color.

4. Sew 1 White HST to 1 Colored HST along the long edge, creating a square. Press. Repeat with the remaining 3 White HSTs and 3 Colored HSTs.

5. Your resulting square should be slightly larger than 4.5″. Trim your block to 4.5″. Tip: Using a quilting ruler, place the seam down the diagonal of the ruler. Trim at the top and right of the square.

6. You now have all 9 squares needed to assemble your quilt block. Lay out your squares and sew together the top row, middle row, and bottom row. Press. Sew the rows together. Press.

You’re done!

Be sure to post your block and any questions in the Flickr group.

Greek Cross



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    Elizabeth @ Don't Call Me Betsy

    July 13, 2011

    Super cute, Faith! I love the colors you used, they work so perfectly in this block 🙂

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    July 13, 2011

    Love your colours….going to get at that later this morning….thank you

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    July 13, 2011

    Nice! Looks like a very fun block to make!

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    July 13, 2011

    I love this block and have a ufo quilt that is made up of it entirely!!! Funny, it was already on my list for my Itty Bitty Block Project! Great block!

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    July 13, 2011

    I love this one! Thanks!

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    Jan May

    July 13, 2011

    Love your fabric choice – be interesting to see the results with mine 🙂

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    July 13, 2011

    LOVE your solids! This quilt is going to be fabulous!

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    July 13, 2011

    Just finished mine!

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    July 13, 2011

    Only 7 more hours of work and then I’m heading home to make mine! Love the tutorial!

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    July 13, 2011

    I really love your fabrics. Is it bad to use the same ones? They are just so cheery and summery….and I already own them!

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      July 13, 2011

      Of course you can! Go for it!

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    July 13, 2011

    So fun- I love the colors you chose. I have a project in the works with this block, minus the triangles. It is so versatile! Can’t wait to see your whole quilt Faith.

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    July 14, 2011

    I loved how this turned out today. Didn’t realize until tonight when I was posting my churn dash block from another quilt along, that this Greek cross is the same block, just different placement of the white space and color. So fun!

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    July 14, 2011

    I did two. I love your colors. Makes me want to make another one in all solids too…gotta pare down the stash first though!!

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    July 15, 2011

    I love that you are using solids. I am in Pink Chalk’s solids club and need ideas for using some of my fabrics.

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    July 17, 2011

    I LOVE this block! Thanks for sharing and for the tutorial!

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    Shawn Schumacher

    July 18, 2011

    Done! Thanks!

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    July 18, 2011

    Really love those Art Gallery/Patricia Bravo solids. Gorgeous!

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    July 27, 2011

    i really like this block, and your post about making a whole quilt with this block. i’m a pretty new quilter, and have what is probably a really stupid question… why is the block made with so many pieces, why not just do the middle row or column with a short white piece, one long turquoise piece and a one more short white piece?

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    February 25, 2012

    I love your block and directions. The colors make it really pop!

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    May 7, 2014

    Thanks for the tutorial! Linking up to it here:


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