Holy Cross Quilt Pattern Tutorial

This holy cross quilt pattern does double duty. The entire quilt fits a hospital bed. But the medallion alone is baby quilt size.

Holy Cross Quilt PatternHoly Cross quilt pattern depicting a traditional Christian cross

Cross Quilt Design Inspiration

This cross quilt design was inspired by Randy C. (a visitor to Scrapish.com). He sent me an email stating, "I’m looking for a cross block. I would like to make a quilt with the cross in it, I’m fairly new at quilting so any help I would appreciate it."

After further inquiry I discovered that he wants to make "charity type quilt[s] for seniors in nursing homes as well as those less fortunate in hospitals." He's "also looking at making quilts for babies and children born prematurely."

What a noble endeavor!

Traditional Christian Holy Cross

The traditional Christian cross is made up of a horizontal crossbeam that intersects a vertical beam dividing it into a one-third top arm and a two-thirds descending arm.

Once intersected, the crossbeam piece reveals left and right side arms that are equal in length to the top arm.

Prerequisites

Let's get started on your cross quilt pattern. Yes, this is a long page, but the quilt is very easy to stitch up once all the pieces have been cut.

I suggest that you read through all instructions and study the Cross Quilt Pattern Medallion Assembly Diagram below before cutting any fabric.

If you’re unfamiliar with how to cut strips and make strip sets, please review these instructions:
https://www.scrapish.com/how-to-cut-strips.html
https://www.scrapish.com/strip-quilting.html

Cross Quilt Size

Quilt Size: 51 x 94 inches, approximately

Yardage Requirements

Fabric A: 5/8 yard (white)

Fabric B: 4 3/8 yards (blue)

Backing: 2 yards 108 inch wide backing fabric

Batting: prepackaged 90 by 108 inch queen size batting

Binding: 3/4 yards

Cross Quilt Pattern Medallion Assembly Diagram

cross quilt pattern medallion assembly diagram

Easy Holy Cross Quilt Pattern Instructions

WOF = Width Of Fabric

All seams are stitched with right sides of fabric together using a 1/4 inch seam.

Yardage has 42 inches of usable fabric.

Cut Fabric for Medallion

Step 1 Cut fabric for inner cross.
From Fabric A cut 1 (5 1/2 inch x WOF) fabric strip; subcut
1 (31 1/2 inch x 5 1/2 inch) strip (crossbeam)
2 (2 1/2 inch x 5 1/2 inch) strip (Bridge)

From Fabric A cut 1 (5 1/2 inch x WOF) fabric strip; subcut
1 (24 1/2 inch x 5 1/2 inch) (Descending Arm)
1 (11 1/2 inch x 5 1/2 inch) (Top Arm)

Step 2 Cut fabric for inner and outer outlines of the cross quilt pattern.

From Fabric A, cut 5 (1 1/2 inch x WOF) fabric strips.
From Fabric B, cut 5 (1 1/2 inch x WOF) fabric strips.

Step 2 Cross Quilt Pattern: cut fabric for inner and outer outlines of cross.

Step 3a From Fabrics A and B make 3 strip sets. Press seams toward Fabric B.

Step 3 Cross Quilt Pattern: From Fabric A and Fabric B make 3 strip sets. Press seams toward Fabric B.

From each of two of the strip sets, subcut 1 (25 1/2 inch) length (for Descending Arm)
and 1 (12 1/2 inch) length (for Top Arm).

From the third strip set, subcut 3 (13 1/2 inch) lengths (for crossbeam).

Step 3b From 1 (1 1/2 inch x WOF) of Fabrics A and B strips (cut in Step 2), subcut

1 (13 1/2 inch x 1 1/2 inch) strip (leftover 28 1/2 inches).

Stitch together lengthwise to make 1 (13 1/2 inch x 2 1/2 inch) strip set (for crossbeam).

Step 3c From 3b leftover Fabric A 1 1/2 inch strip, subcut

3 (9 1/2 inch x 1 1/2 inch) strips (Endcaps C).

From 3b leftover Fabric B 1 1/2 inch strip, subcut

4 (5 1/2 inch x 1 1/2 inch) strips (Endcaps A).

Step 4 Cut up last Fabrics A and B 1 1/2 inch x WOF strips:

From Fabric A strip, subcut 1 (9 1/2 inch x 1 1/2 inch) strip (Endcap C).

From  Fabric B strip, subcut 4 (2 1/2 inch x 1 1/2 inch) strips (Endcaps B).

Step 5 Cut fabric for Rows 2 and 4 right and left side panels:

From Fabric B cut 2 (13 1/2 inch x WOF) fabric strips; from each WOF strip subcut

1 (26 1/2 inch x 13 1/2 inch) strip (Row 4 Left and Right Panels) and

1 (13 1/2 inch x 13 1/2 inch) square (Row 2 Left and Right Panels).

Assemble Medallion

Assemble Top Arm

Step 6a Stitch one Endcap A to one end of Top Arm fabric piece. Press seams toward Fabric B. Now this is the top end of the cross quilt pattern.

Step 6 Cross Quilt Pattern: assemble top arm: Stitch one Endcap A to one end of Top Arm fabric piece. Press seams toward Fabric B.

Step 6b Stitch one Top Arm Strip Set to each long side of Top Arm/Endcap A (right sides together, Top Arm Strip Set on top and Fabric B edge aligned with Fabric A edge). (It helps to stitch with Top Arm Strip Set on top.) Press seams toward Fabric B.

Step 6b Cross Quilt Pattern: Stitch one Top Arm Strip Set to each long side of Top Arm/Endcap A. Press seams toward Fabric B.

Step 6c Stitch one Endcap C to the top end of the cross. Press seams toward Endcap C.

Step 6c Cross Quilt Pattern:Stitch one Endcap C to the top end of the cross.
Press seams toward Endcap C.

Step 6d Stitch Row 2 Left and Right panels (13 1/2 inch square) to the left and right sides of Top Arm/Strip Set/Endcap unit.

The Top Arm section (Row 2) of the cross quilt pattern is now complete.

Step 6d Cross Quilt Pattern: Stitch Row 2 Left and Right panels (13 1/2 inch) to the left and right sides of Top Arm/Strip Set/Endcaps unit. The Top Arm section (Row 2) is now complete.

Assemble Crossbeam Section

Step 7a Stitch one Endcap A to each end of Crossbeam. Press seams toward Endcaps A.

Step 7a Cross Quilt Pattern: assemble crossbeam Stitch one Endcap A to each end of the Crossbeam. Press seams toward Endcaps A.

Step 7b Stitch one Endcap B to each short end of the two Bridge pieces. Press seams away from Endcaps B.

Step 7b Cross Quilt Pattern: Stitch one Endcap B to each short end of the 2 Bridge pieces. Press seams away from Endcaps B.

Step 7c Stitch one Crossbeam Strip Set, short end to short end, to each of the two Endcap B/Bridge/Endcap B units. Press seams away from Endcaps B.

Step 7c Cross Quilt Pattern: Stitch one Crossbeam Strip Set, short end to short end, to each of the two Endcap B/Bridge/Endcap B units. Press seams away from Endcaps B.

Step 7d With Fabric B at bottom, stitch one Strip Set/Endcap B/Bridge/Endcap B/Strip Set unit to top of Crossbeam unit.

With Fabric B at top, stitch one Strip Set/Endcap B/Bridge/Endcap B/Strip Set unit to bottom of Crossbeam unit.

Press seams toward Strip Set units.

Step 7d Cross Quilt Pattern: With Fabric B at the bottom, stitch one bridge/Strip Set unit to top of Crossbeam. With Fabric B at the top, stitch one Bridge/Strip Set unit to bottom of Crossbeam unit.

Step 7e Stitch one Endcap C to each short end of assembled crossbeam. Press seams toward Endcaps C.

The entire crossbeam section (Row 3) of the cross quilt pattern is now complete.

Step 7e Cross Quilt Pattern: Stitch one Endcap C to each short end of assembled crossbeam. Press seams toward Endcaps C.
The entire crossbeam section (Row 3) is now complete.

Assemble Descending Arm

The Descending Arm is assembled in the same way as the top Arm. For pictures, see Steps 6a to 6d.

Step 8a Stitch one Endcap A to one end of Descending Arm fabric piece (25 1/2 inch x 5 1/2 inch) as done in Step 6a. Press seam toward Endcap A. Now this is the bottom end of the cross.

Step 8b Stitch one Descending Arm Strip Set to each long side of Descending Arm/Endcap A unit (right sides together, Descending Arm Strip Set on top and Fabric B edge aligned with Fabric A edge) as done in Step 6b. (It helps to stitch with Descending Arm Strip Set on top.)

Press seams toward strip set units.

Step 8c Stitch one Endcap C to the bottom end of the cross as done in Step 6c. Press seam toward Endcap C.

Step 8d Stitch Row 4 Left and Right panels (26 1/2 inch x 13 1/2 inch) to the left and right sides of Descending Arm/Strip Set/Endcap unit.

The Descending Arm section (Row 4) of the cross quilt pattern is now complete.

Stitch Medallion Together

Refer to the Cross Quilt Pattern Medallion Assembly Diagram above.

Stitch together the three sections that make up the cross medallion.

Step 9a With right sides together, stitch the Crossbeam section (Row 3) to the Top Arm section (Row 2), matching the Endcap B seams with those of the inner outline (Fabric B) of the Top Arm. Press seam toward Top Arm section (Row 2).

Step 9a Cross Quilt Pattern: stitch the cross quilt sections together.

Step 9b With right sides together, stitch the Descending Arm section (Row 4) to the
Crossbeam section (Row 3), matching the Endcap B seams with those of the
inner outline (Fabric B) of the Descending Arm. Press seam toward Descending Arm.

After Rows 2, 3 and 4 are stitched together the center of the medallion looks like the one shown in the photo below. The seams of the inner outline (Fabric B) of the cross match.

Center medallion seams stitched and matched.

Step 10a Cut top (Row 1) and bottom (Row 5) background fabric pieces:

From Fabric B cut 2 (15 1/2 inch x WOF) fabric strips, subcut each into

1 (35 1/2 inch x 15 1/2 inch) strip for total of two.

Step 10b Stitch Row 1 Panel to Top of Cross section. Stitch Row 5 Panel to Descending Arm section. Press seams toward Panels.

The cross quilt pattern medallion is now complete.

Add Borders to Cross Quilt Pattern

For Steps 11a and 11b refer to the Cross Quilt Pattern Assembly Diagram below.

Note: For the long border strips, you may want to cut them a little longer (maybe by 1 or 2 inches) than the mentioned measurement and trim them to size once stitched on.

Step 11a Cut and add Side Borders 1 and 2: From Fabric B cut 5 (8 1/2 inch x WOF) fabric strips. Remove selvage ends. Stitch together each strip short end to short end.
Subcut 2 (94 1/2 inch x 8 1/2 inch) strips (leftover 21 inches).

Stitch one side border strip to each side of the cross quilt pattern medallion. Press seams toward borders.

Step 11b Cut and add Top and Bottom Borders: From Fabric B cut 2 (8 1/2 inch x WOF) fabric strips. Remove selvage ends. Stitch together each strip short end to short end.
Stitch left over fabric piece from cutting side borders to end of the fabric strips pieced together for top and bottom borders.

Subcut 2 (51 1/2 inch x 8 1/2 inch) strips.

Stitch one border strip to the top and one to the bottom of the quilt top.

Cross Quilt Pattern Assembly Diagram

Cross quilt pattern assembly diagram.

Your cross quilt pattern quilt top is now complete!

Finishing Your Holy Cross Quilt

Batting: You'll need batting cut to at least 55 inches X 98 inches. You can purchase prepackaged queen size batting, which is about 90 by 108 inches. Or purchase it off the bolt cut more to the size needed.

Backing Fabric: 2 yards of 108 inch wide backing fabric. Cut it to approximately 55 inches X 98 inches.

Step 12 Put the cross quilt pattern quilt sandwich together. Layer it in this order: backing, batting and quilt top. Pin baste the three layers together.

Step 13 Now quilt the three layers together. Quilt as desired (of course) or may I suggest a straight line quilting pattern of diagonal lines, first going from left to right and then going from right to left of the quilt. Make the grid lines about 2 inches apart.

Step 14 Bind your quilt. From the 3/4 yard of fabric cut 8 (2 1/2 x WOF) strips, trim selvage ends and join to make a single long binding strip.

Cross Quilt Pattern Baby Quilt

Cross Quilt Medallion

The medallion, or center of the quilt, is large enough to make a baby quilt. If you only want to make it here's what you need:

Medallion Size: 35 x 48 inches

Fabric A: 5/8 yard (white)

Fabric B: 1 3/8 yards (blue)

Backing: 1 1/2 yards

Batting: prepackaged 45 by 60 inch crib size batting

Binding: 3/8 yard

Enjoy either quilt you make in this color scheme or your favorite colors. May you feel comforted!

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