Friday, August 10, 2012

Free Pattern Day: Plus and 'X' quilts

Among the simplest 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.  Here are the free patterns!  Note: This post was updated on April 18, 2016.

The Plus Side quilt, 48 x 60”, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Perfect Picnic quilt, 50 x 50”, free pattern at Birch Fabrics

The Crossing Quilt, 68 x 81”, tutorial at Kelby Sews

Scrappy Greek Cross quilt by Kenda’s Crafts, based on the Greek Cross tutorial by Fresh Lemon Quilts

At the Pond quilt, 59 x 77”, free pattern by Wendy Sheppard at Ivory Spring

Connect quilt, 70 x 70”, free pattern at Art Gallery Fabrics

Melodic quilt, 72 x 72”, free pattern by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics 

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

Positively Perfect Nap Quilt by April Rosenthal for Moda Bakeshop

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

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 (PDF download)

Cape Ann Quilt, free pattern by Oliver + S

Little Apples quilt, 51 x 59", 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

Winding Walk quilt by Jinny Beyer for RJR Fabrics

Tessellating Crosses pattern by Elisabeth Preininger at Elisabeth's Weblog

Plus Quilt Tutorial by Jeni at In Color Order

Double Cross quilt by Pam Rocco for Quilters Newsletter

Cinco de Mayo quilt, free pattern by Pam Rocco for Quilters Newsletter

Plus Signs quilt, 50 x 50”, free pattern by Pam Rocco for Quilters Newsletter  (PDF download

Crossing Paths Pillow Tutorial at A Squared W  

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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