Arkansas Cross Road Quilt Block Tutorial

Arkansas Cross Road Quilt Block Tutorial

If you have scraps, then this quilt block is a real winner!  Personally I love the design shape.  This is a fantastic quilt block for scraps.  All dark and medium scraps are welcome.  I’m using 2 1/2″ units as the basis for this quilt, but they can be any size you choose.  This makes a large quilt block of 16 1/2″ square.  All seams are based on 1/4″

Make as many or as few quilt blocks until it reaches a size you are happy with.  Each block will consist of four units.  The units contain four patch blocks.  Read more about four patch blocks in the link.

Four Patch Favorite

Requirements for each unit

12 x 2 1/2″ scrap medium and dark squares
2 x 4 1/2″ white or cream homespun
Sew 8 of the 2 1/2″ squares into pairs, then sew the pairs into 2 four patch blocks ensuring that the centre seams are nested.  Press.
Use a pencil to draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the remainder four 2 1/2″ squares.
Then take the 4 1/2″ white homespun square.  Lay a 2 1/2″ square, with the drawn line, face down on one corner, and the same on the opposite corner.
Sew along the lines then trim off the corners leaving a 1/4″ seam.  Finger press.
Now position the blocks as shown for the first unit.
Repeat these steps again 3 times, before sewing the units together.
The only tricky bit is placement of the diagonal units.  Note that the diagonal blocks must be placed differently for each unit.
Ensure that each unit is correctly orientated before sewing the units together.
Sew each unit together as a four patch.  Then sew the units together as a four patch to make the block.  Press.
I made six of these blocks for a baby quilt.  Here is the link to the finished quilt.
If you enjoyed this quilt block tutorial, you may also some of these block ideas.  They are always a wonderful way to use your scraps!
or this simple but favourite perennial block.
Hoping you are having a really lovely quilty day,

10 thoughts on “Arkansas Cross Road Quilt Block Tutorial”

  1. I love this block. I have made a quilt using the block. This will be my second. It just makes me feel good. Thank you for the use of the pattern. My first was for a daughter; this one’s for me.

  2. Susie,
    I love this quilt block and the completed quilt. You and I are kindred spirits. I love old fashioned blocks and I love to make scrappy quilts. Your blog is my FAVORITE!!

  3. hello came here from today’s email link. I’ve seen this tutorial before but didn’t comment before, when I was a newbie and wasn’t sure what to say. Anyway, love this simple design and always enjoy reading your emails/tutorials 🙂

  4. Thank You so much, saw this on Facebook. Fell in love! Went to the site referred and unable to pull up! Went searching to where I could find. I feel like I’ve been given a Christmas Present. Thank You

    1. Dear Mary Ann, thank you for letting me know. It is back on line now. You should be able to see it now!
      All the best,
      Susie x

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