Traditional Tuesday - Block 42

Greek Cross
Block 42 - Greek Cross
I know I talk a lot about versatility, but that really is an important part of quilt making. And to me this is a very well designed block for versatility. Above is the traditionally shaded Greek Cross, but take a look at what changes in value placement can do. By just shifting the values on each patch, a whole new block emerges.

Look at the variety of blocks that can come from just changing the values. Do you see Churn Dash and Shoo Fly? And our infamous Poppy block?
Three fabrics with good contrast are needed. I chose a red print, red solid and white.

From the red, cut 2 - 2 7/8" squares.
From the white, cut 2 - 2 7/8" squares AND 4 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles.
From the red print, cut 1 - 2 1/2" squares AND 4 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles.

Make 4 - 2 1/2" half square triangles out of the 4 squares. I finger-pressed the white on the diagonal to use as the sewing guide. You could draw a line if you need more visibility.
Sew 1/4" away from either side of the line. (Hard to see the line here, but it's there.)
Cut apart on the line and press to the dark. Trim to 2 1/2"
Lay out the units as shown. Sew the print  and white rectangles together to make 4 - 2 1/2" squares.
Lay out like a 9-patch and sew together. Make sure the pieced 2 1/2" squares are facing the proper direction or you'll end up with a different block! The block will be 6 1/2" unfinished.


  1. Such a versatile block! and I love the colours you've used!

  2. Just wanted to say thanks for MM/TT I love your interpretation of the blocks. They are great examples for my Girl Scout Project Fabric Arts Program, you can do what you want, or can do, it doesn't have to be perfect, you just have to try it.


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