The Crossroads quilt block is a super simple little block that can stand on its own in a scrap quilt, join other units to form a framed block or whirly-pinwheel design, or serve as the core of various log cabin blocks. Crossroads can probably do even more than I’ve listed, but that’s as far as my thinking has taken me this week.
The block is comprised of a rectangle and two squares, certainly nothing unique. However, my sew and cut method of constructing it is a little different and makes the process fast, accurate, and enjoyable. This is the perfect quilt block for using up all those scraps you have saved.
First, cut two 4 ½” squares from different fabrics.
Place the squares right sides together and sew two parallel sides, using a quarter-inch seam allowance.
Cut the unit in half.
Finger press the two units open. The units measure 4” x 4 ½”.
Cut two 4” x 4 ½” rectangles from contrasting fabrics.
Place the rectangles on top of the units, right sides together. Sew down two sides, perpendicular to the seam.
Cut the units in half and finger press open. You now have two Crossroads blocks that are mirror images of each other. The blocks should measure 4” square.
For a scrap quilt, I position my blocks with the rectangles in the center. This isn’t necessary, but I like the effect.
For a whirly-pinwheel quilt, I make all my rectangles the same color and position them in the center as well.
In part two of this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use the Crossroads block as the core of a Courthouse Steps block along with my super simple way of constructing this traditional log cabin block. I love log cabins! The third quilt I made as a new quilter was a queen size log cabin quilt that I still snuggle under while hibernating in the winter time. For me, it’s the equivalent of comfort food.