Do you know how many different variations there are for the Cross Roads Quilt Block? Here I’m showing you how to make the block that was originally attributed to Nancy Cabot. Loretta Leitner Rising wrote the “Nancy Cabot” syndicated column for the Chicago Tribune in the 1930s. Quilters ordered pattern booklets by mail.
The Cross Roads quilt block uses three fabrics and is a sixteen (16) unit layout. The block contains half square triangles and squares made from strip sets. It’s a perfect pattern for a beginner looking to make a quilt block that looks a little more complex, but uses two basic patchwork techniques. Here is how you cut the fabrics to make one quilt block:
Making a lot of blocks? Check out our article on the different ways to make half square triangles. My favorite methods are two at a time (shown above), four at a time and eight at a time. With those methods, your outside edges remain on grain and not bias. Bias edges can stretch and cause headaches when sewing the quilt patches together to form the block.
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