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 3, 2014. Here are the free patterns !

Double Cross 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

Tessellating Crosses pattern by Elisabeth Preininger at Elisabeth's Weblog

Hugs & Kisses quilt block tutorial at Little Miss Shabby

Hot Nights in the City quilt by Gail Fountain for Maywood Studios as seen at Fabtalk

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

Hot Pink Cross quilt tutorial at Betty Ninja

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 

Lattice Quilt Tutorial at From the Blue Chair

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

Friendship Squares Quilt, free block pattern by Bethany Reynolds

Winding Walk by Jinny Beyer for RJR Fabrics

Off the Grid by John at Quilt Dad as seen at Moda Bakeshop

 Plus Quilt Tutorial by Jeni at In Color Order

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

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.

Japanese X and + Quilt tutorial, inspired by Setsuko Inagawa, by Amy Gunson at Badskirt 


Crossed Quilt Block Tutorial at The Long Thread

Cross Plus Tutorial at Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts

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 Quilt Inspiration.


  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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