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Category: Modern Quilt Blocks

This is the archive listing of all Quilt Blocks in the Quilt Block Library assigned to the Patterns Category that are considered “Modern Quilt Blocks.”

X Plus Quilt Block

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

Traditional X Plus Quilt Block

Below is a photo of a sample block:

Photo of an X Plus Quilt Block

And here is what a grouping looks like:

Photo of a grouping of X Plus Quilt Blocks

Block Construction

Click the pattern cover below to download the pattern for a 10" version of the X Plus Quilt Block.

Coloring Sheets

Click to download coloring sheets

Wonky Stars Quilt Block

The Wonky Star Quilt Block is a 9-patch made around a central square. The "wonky" star points are made using triangles sewn on a background square at various angles.

The Wonky Stars Quilt Block is a favorite of mine because it's not a fussy block to make and it's very forgiving.  Once you've made a few, you can practically make these on auto-pilot! They use a very simple to learn improv technique. (Click the image below to download the instructions.)


Block Construction

Click to download pattern

Coloring Sheets

Click to download coloring sheets.

Plus Sign Quilt Block

Skill level: easy-peasy

The Plus Sign Quilt Block has become extremely popular over the last decade, finding it's way into many modern designs. Plus, (pun intended!) it is frequently seen in baby quilts.

The block is designed around a 3 x 3 (or nine patch) grid, but can be easily simplified by combining one row of squares into a rectangle, a huge time saver.

Striking designs can be created by using a limited color palette and randomizing the placement of the block on the quilt.  The block also renders well in scrappier designs with broader color schemes. If you isolate the design with sashing, the plus icon pops out and is accentuated, while a layout of mono-colored Plus Sign blocks without sashing creates a unique lattice effect.

Grouping Example

Illustration of a quilt made with Plus Sign Quilt Blocks

Block Construction

Image of Exploded version of the Plus Sign Quilt Block
Exploded version of the Plus Sign Quilt Block

Coloring Sheets

Click to download coloring sheets for the Plus Sign Quilt Block.