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Introduction to the Greek Cross Quilt Block Pattern
Greek Cross Quilt Block Pattern

Greek Cross Quilt Block Pattern

© Janet Wickell

Greek Cross Quilt Block Pattern

The traditional Greek Cross quilt block can look very different depending on your choice of colors and color values. The differences might not seem dramatic when you view one block, but sew a group of blocks together and you'll see a much altered quilt, where different elements pop out to dominate the design.

The Greek Cross block looks good no matter how you choose to design it, scrappy or structured. Sew your blocks into rows, side by side, or place them on point and alternate them with plain squares or Snowball blocks.

I've written a second Greek Cross pattern; blocks finish at 10" square and on the last page you'll find a quilt that finishes at about 64" x 74". The proportions of patches in that version of the Greek Cross block are somewhat different from the proportions in this block. Take a look to see which you like best.

Finished Block Size: 12-inches square

Cutting Chart for One Greek Cross Quilt Block

Colors are given so that you can compare patches with my illustration. Choose any colors and color values that you like.

Blue for Rectangular Sides

  • one 3-1/2" x 18-1/2" strip

(Cut four 3-1/2" x 4-1/2" patches if you prefer not to strip piece rectangular units.)

Red for Half Square Triangles and Narrow Bars

  • two 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares
  • one 1-1/2" x 18-1/2" strip

(Cut four 1-1/2" x 4-1/2" bars if you prefer not to strip piece rectangular units.)

Neutral for Half Square Triangles and Center Square

  • two 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares
  • one 4-1/2" square

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