This quilt design is shared with us from the December Spotlight Designer, Brenda Ratliff. Brenda designed this quilt with one of her favorite traditional blocks, the Greek Cross. The block has been oversized at 18”, which allows you to show off a feature print or novelty fabric in the center of each block. Or the larger size block could be made on its own for a pillow!
BEFORE YOU START
- All sewing assumes a ¼” seam allowance.
- Finished quilt is approximately 66” wide x 66” tall.
- Block size is 18”.
27 Fat eighths (or a variety of scraps)
2-3/4 yds background fabric
Fabric pencil or tailors chalk
Basic sewing supplies
1. Using rotary cutter, ruler and rotary mat, cut the following from the background fabric:
• (18) 7-1/2” squares
• (36) 3-1/2” x 6-1/2” rectangles
• (12) 3-1/2” x WOF (width of fabric) strips for sashing
CREATING THE GREEK CROSS BLOCK
- For one block, choose three of the fat eighths. Use (2) 7-1/2” squares and (4) 3-1/2” x 6-1/2” rectangles of background fabric.
- Using the <figure 1> illustration below as a guide, choose one fat eighth for fabric A and cut (2) 7-1/2” squares.
- Take one square from your fat eighth and one square of background fabric and put them right sides together. Draw a line diagonally on the back of your square and sew ¼” on either side of this line. See <figure 2>.
- Cut on the original drawn line and press your half square triangles open. Trim to 6-1/2”.
- Repeat this process with your other two squares to create (4) 6-1/2” half square triangles.
- Choose another fat eighth for fabric B and cut (4) 3-1/2” x 6-1/2” rectangles. Sew each of these together as shown in <figure 3> with the 3-1/2” x 6-1/2” background fabric rectangles and press.
- From the third fat eighth cut a 6-1/2” square for fabric C.
- Using the block illustration <figure 1> as the guide, sew your block together in rows. Then sew the rows together.
- Create (9) Greek Cross blocks using these instructions.
CREATING THE QUILT TOP
- Using a design wall or clean space of floor, arrange the blocks in a 3 x 3 grid. Keep in mind any directional fabrics.
- Cut (12) 3-1/2” x 18-1/2” pieces from six of your sashing strips. Sew these sashing pieces to your blocks in rows as shown in <figure 4>.
- Cut two of your remaining six sashing strips in half. Trim all selvedge edges from your strips.
- Sew each half strip to the end of a WOF strip. Sew these strips to your rows as shown in <figure 5> and trim.
- Your top is now complete! Quilt and bind as desired and enjoy.
Quilt design by Brenda Ratliff.
For personal, non-commercial use only.