Friday, August 10, 2012

Free Pattern Day: Plus and 'X' quilts

Among the easiest of all quilt blocks are those that make 'plus' and 'X' designs. The strips can be made either skinny or wide, and the symbols can be centered, off-center, or tessellating.  The X's are sometimes combined with circles to make "hugs & kisses" quilts, and if the X's are continuous they make lattice designs. This post was updated on June 20, 2015. Here are the free patterns!

Through the Lattice quilt, free pattern by Patti Carey for Northcott Fabrics

King's Cross quilt, 60 x 60", by Tara Faughnan at Michael Miller Fabrics

Just Kisses quilt, 47 x 59", free pattern by Janice Zeller Ryan for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Hugs and Kisses quilt, 41 x 52", free pattern by Sue Pickering for Windham Fabrics

Criss Cross quilt, 56 x 66", free pattern at Riley Blake Designs

"Nough Said" Layer Cake quilt, 67 x 67", tutorial by Cindy Sharp for Moda Bakeshop

Kisses and Hugs
, 38 x 50", free crib/wall quilt pattern by Caroline Reardon ar Quiltmaker Magazine

Double Cross quilt by Pam Rocco for Quilters Newsletter

Positively Perfect Nap Quilt by April Rosenthal for Moda Bakeshop

Bella Crossing Quilt by Elizabeth Dackson at Don't Call Me Betsy

Cinco de Mayo by Pam Rocco for Quilters Newsletter

Simple Math Quilts by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Crossroads quilt, ~70 x 88", free pattern by Siobhan Rogers for Windham Fabrics

Uneven nine patch and star quilt by Laura Boehnke at All People Quilt

Hugs & Kisses for baby by Cindy Carter at Carter Quilter

Blushing collection, free patterns for quilt and table topper by Margot Languedoc at The Pattern Basket


Cape Ann Quilt, free pattern by Oliver + S

Little Apples, free pattern by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics 

Califon four-patch quilt, free pattern by Mark Lipinski for Northcott Fabrics

Tropical Punch by Karen Montgomery for Timeless Treasures Fabrics as seen at Fat Quarter Shop

 Binding Their Time by Sylvia Galbraith Jennings for RJR Fabrics

Happy quilt by Jennifer Heynen, free pattern by Jason Yenter at In The Beginning Fabrics

Winding Walk quilt by Jinny Beyer for RJR Fabrics

Tessellating Crosses pattern by Elisabeth Preininger at Elisabeth's Weblog

Hugs & Kisses quilt block tutorial at Little Miss Shabby

Plus Quilt Tutorial by Jeni at In Color Order

Below, Row 1: Adamant Argyle Pillow by KarrieLyne from Freckled Whimsy as seen at Sew We Quilt; Crossing Paths Pillow Tutorial at A Squared WRow 2: Cushion Couture Tutorial by John of Quilt Dad for Moda Bakeshop; Xs Pillow Tutorial by Piece N' Quilt for Moda Bakeshop.

Image credits and links: All images are copyrighted by their owners. Please respect their generosity in sharing their free patterns, and the restrictions they have placed on the use of these designs. Complete information can be found at the designers' websites provided in the links. The quilt montage was created by Quilt Inspiration.  If any links are broken, we'd love to know; email us at quiltinspiration {at} gmail {dot} com.


  1. Great.....I say a great quilt collection you've found to inspire me! Thank you and all those wonderful quilt makers who so generously gave us permission.

  2. What a great variety of quilts these shapes can make! Thanks for sharing all these stunners.

    I've had a cross quilt on my (long) mental to-do list for a while. Eventually...

  3. I wonder why those + and X blocks are called "Japanese". I am still putting those 240+ blocks together but have never seen a finished quilt in that design.

  4. Thank you so much for all of these different quilt patterns. You are AWESOME!!!


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