Quilt Block of the Month - September

Have you ever wanted to make a quilt but couldn't find just what you had in mind? The editors of Quilter's World magazine have compiled some block patterns, from the thousands of traditional blocks available, that you can download for free. With a few basic skills and a variety of block patterns, you can create countless designs in no time.

A new block download will be available each month along with helpful hints, tips and tricks. We will also give you ideas for block combinations and possible quilt settings from time to time to help you create fabulous quilted projects. We hope these blocks will inspire you to experiment with quilt design and create your own layouts. So get a binder and some page protectors to fill with block patterns and samples to fuel your creative juices.

Crosses & Losses

Finished Block Size
8" x 8"
Crosses & Losses

Crosses & Losses
8" x 8" Finished Block


From Light Fabric:

  • Cut 1 (4 7/8") square. Subcut on 1 diagonal to make 2 A triangles.

    Crosses & Losses

  • Cut 2 (2 7/8") squares. Subcut each square on 1 diagonal to make 4 B triangles.

  • Cut 4 (2 1/2") C squares.

    Crosses & Losses

From Dark Fabric:

  • Cut 1 (4 7/8") square. Subcut each square on 1 diagonal to make 2 D triangles.

  • Cut 2 (2 7/8") squares. Subcut each square on 1 diagonal to make 4 E triangles.


  1. Stitch a B triangle to an E triangle (Figure 1); press seam toward E. Repeat to make four E-B units.

    Crosses & Losses

  2. Stitch an A triangle to a D triangle (Figure 2); press seam toward D. Repeat to make two A-D units.

    Crosses & Losses

  3. Stitch a C square to the E side of an E-B unit; press seam toward C referring to Figure 3. Repeat to make four C-E-B rows.

    Crosses & Losses

  4. Refer again to Figure 3 to stitch two C-E-B rows together making a bow tie unit; press seam in one direction or open. Repeat to make two units.

  5. Stitch together two each bow tie units and A-D units referring to Figure 4 for orientation to complete the block; press seams open.

    Crosses & Losses

Helpful Hints

  • Choose light, medium and dark fabrics for this block. Use scraps from other projects or purchase fat eighths (9" x 22") or fat quarters (18" x 22") to make one sample block.
  • Cut individual pieces from scraps or cut strips and then individual pieces from strips if using yardage or large pieces of fabric. For example, to cut several 2 1/2" squares, cut a 2 1/2"-wide strip the width of the fabric. Subcut the strip into 2 1/2" squares.
  • Use a 1/4"-wide seam allowance for all seams and stitch right sides together.
  • For more detailed help with quilting techniques, go to QuiltersWorld.com and choose Quilting Basics under Quilt Essentials, or consult a complete quilting guide. Your local library will probably have several on hand that you can review before purchasing one.


Use a medium instead of a dark for E to have lighter small bow ties mixed in with the dark large bow ties.

Alternately, replace the dark with a variety of lighter mediums and then pick a solid light that coordinates with the mediums and provides a good background.

Lay out the blocks so that the A triangles come together in the center to make a square and you can have a fluttering mass of large and small butterflies moving across the quilt.

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For more detailed help with quilting techniques, view our Quilting Lessons or consult a complete quilting guide. Your local library will probably have several on hand that you can review before purchasing one.

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