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!

Crosses and Losses ~ A Finished Quilt

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I finished my Crosses and Losses quilt yesterday (finally)! When I stitch on the last of the binding, I looked at the weather for the next day and saw that it was going to be 60 degrees…in February…in Chicago! Perfect for quilt photos, amiright? Of course I neglected to take into account the 25 mile per hour winds and the great snow melt, which meant sinking into an inch of mud. By some miracle, the quilt did *not* blow off the barn and into the messiness.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt is for my daughter, and she chose a hot pink minky for the back. Pretty much, unless it’s a summertime bed quilt, my kids will pick a minky backing 100% of the time. My husband too. I get a lot of comments and emails about how to baste and quilt with minky. I know it can be stretchy and messy and slippery. I use the same basting technique (tutorial here) that I use with all my other quilts and have great success.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I really love the low volume scrappy background paired with the bright colors. Cutting out the fabrics when I go this scrappy does take longer, but I think the effort is very well worth it in the end.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The binding is a scrappy assortment of pinks. For the quilting, I decided on a wider spaced meandering than usual. I wanted the quilt to be super cozy and have a nice drape. The final quilt measures 56″ x 48″.

Crosses and Losses Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Off to put it away in my daughter’s room and let her be surprised when she gets home from school!

Mayflower

Mayflower Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Throughout the end of January, I spent some time working on this little quilt featuring the vintage Mayflower block. The Mayflower is one of the 20 blocks featured in Vintage Quilt Revival. I thought it was a great option to showcase those new Carolyn Friedlander fabrics that arrived last month. I combined the new Carkai fabrics with some from Carolyn’s previous lines, and one purple Denyse Schmidt print from her Chicopee collection.

Mayflower Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The background of this quilt is a mixture of two white-on-white prints from Cotton + Steel. That wasn’t my original plan, but I ran out of the first fabric so I had to improvise. I think it was a happy accident though!

Mayflower Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The quilt layout was inspired by another Vintage Quilt Revival pattern – my Geometric Slide quilt. I still enjoy the look of blocks slowly traveling down the quilt.

Mayflower Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My Mayflower quilt is 36″ x 36″, and it serves an important purpose. I created it as a base for a couple tutorials I have coming soon on BERNINA’s We All Sew Blog – basting and binding. I will post here when those go live! I think they are great for beginners, but also for experienced quilters who enjoy seeing how others work.

Crosses and Losses ~ A Finished Quilt Top

Crosses and Losses : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This frigid weather has given me a perfect excuse to spend some quality time at my sewing machine. Earlier this week I finished my Crosses and Losses quilt top!

Crosses and Losses : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Chain piecing the remaining 24 quilt blocks was a good idea. I think it took me about three days to finish them – much faster than the first 18! These blocks finish at 8″ x 8″. I sort of wish I made 12″ versions for a slightly larger quilt. But since this is for my daughter, I suppose the smaller size is okay.

Crosses and Losses : Fresh Lemons Quilts

There were a lot of points to match up when I sewed the tops together. I took the extra time when I was pinning to make sure everything was aligned properly.

Crosses and Losses : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I braved the 5 degrees to get a few pictures in the snow. I love the pop of the brights against the low volume background (fabric and snow)! I think my daughter wants minky for the backing. That should make this quilt nice and warm for cuddling on the couch with her Nancy Drew.