This is the archive listing of all Quilt Blocks in the Quilt Block Library assigned to the Patterns Category having a 5×5 grid.
The X Plus Quilt Block is a 5-patch block with a central 'plus sign' design. When blocks are arranged in straight sets, the corner units make an "X." The block became fashionable among quilters around 2010 after a Japanese Quilter entered an award-winning quilt in the Tokyo Quilt Festival that featured the block.
The original block design is attributed to Nancy Cabot (1938) under the name Spool Block, but it is also sometimes referred to as the Japanese X Block.
The block lends itself well to scrappy designs, as shown in the featured image above, but is sometimes made restricting the X in each block to one color
Below is a photo of a sample block:
And here is what a grouping looks like:
Skill level: Confident beginner
The Missouri Puzzle Quilt Block incorporates most of the "basic" patchwork units: the 9-patch, the rail fence, squares and half-square triangles. The units are arranged in a star design, and makes an excellent skill-building block for a beginner quilter.
The simplicity of the design also makes it strikingly modern when made with solid fabrics.