Crossroads Quilt

Hi, Tacha here! I’m part of the Fat Quarterly Team and am Hanies on Flickr. But more important than that, I am the Mum of two little girls and now that Spring has sprung we are out and about a lot more. I decided that I needed a new quilt to throw on the floor wherever we are so we can have impromptu picnics or snuggle up if the sun goes behind the clouds! We live in Germany so it isn’t that warm yet!

I fell in love with the Just Wing It line and its great colours. I wanted a design that would show off all the prints and make good use of every tiny piece of a layer cake. I hope you like what I came up with.


1 layer cake of Just Wing It by MoMo
2 1/2 yards of white solid
10” square of dark grey solid
8 strips 2 1/2″ x width of fabric for binding
4 yards of backing fabric
64” x 78” of batting


59″ x 74″

Step 1 – Cut and Organise your fabric

The quilt is made up of 20 blocks.

Divide your layer cake into 2 groups of 20 squares 10”.

One group (A) will be the corners of the blocks and the other group (B) will be the centre bars and small squares of the blocks.

From EACH of the squares to be used for the corners, group A, cut:
4 strips 2 1/2” x 5 1/2”
4 strips 2 1/2” x 3 1/2”

From EACH of the squares to be used for the centre bars and small squares, group B, cut:
2 strips 2 1/2“ x 8 1/2“
7 squares 2 1/2”

From the white solid, cut:
240 strips 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”
40 strips 1 1/2” x 10 1/2”
71 strips 1 1/2” x 14 1/2”

From the dark grey solid, cut:
12 squares 1 1/2″

For each block you will need:

4 strips 2 1/2” x 5 1/2” and 4 strips 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” from 1 of the group A prints
2 strips 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” from 1 of the group B prints
3 squares 2 1/2” from a different group B print
2 squares 2 1/2” from a different group B print
2 squares 2 1/2” from a different group B print
12 strips 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” of white solid
2 strips 1 1/2” x 8 1/2” of white solid
2 strips 1 1/2” x 14 1/2” of white solid

Play around with the groupings of group A and group B fabrics until you are happy.

Step 2 – Make the Blocks

Now you are ready to make the blocks!

Sew the block together in rows.

Start with the centre row. Take 4 white strips 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, 3 squares 2 1/2″ of a group B print, and 2 squares 2 1/2″ of a different group B print. Sew together as shown.

Sew a white 1 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ strip to the top and the bottom of this row.

Sew a white 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ strip to both ends of the 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ strips. Sew the 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ strips to the top.

Sew the 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ strips to the side of these strips. Make 2 of these rows.

Sew a white 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ strip to either side of each of the remaining 2 1/2″ group B squares.

Sew the 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ strips to either side. Make 2 rows like this.

Sew the rows together as shown.

Step 3 – Sash the Blocks

Arrange the 20 blocks in a 4 x 5 layout. Rotate alternate blocks by 90°.

Sew the white 1 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ strips between each block in each row.

Sew the remaining white 1 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ strips and dark grey 1 1/2″ squares into 4 strips of 4 white 1 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ strips and 3 squares 1 1/2″.

Sew the rows of blocks together and sashing strips together as shown.

Step 4 – Finish the Quilt

Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. Baste.

Quilt as desired. I quilted a simple all-over meandering stitch but I think this would look fabulous with straight lines to complement the squares and rectangles of the design.

Sew the binding strips together and bind your quilt.

There are some great tutorials if you need help with basting, quilting or binding your quilt. We have compiled a list on our tutorial page on Fat Quarterly.

Head over to Fat Quarterly if you would like to download this quilt pattern as a pdf file. You may also download the Printer Friendly version included at the end of this post.

Issue 5 of Fat Quarterly is all about precuts and is packed with fabulous patterns to make the most of your charm packs, layer cakes and fat quarter bundles.

Tacha Bruecher
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