Quilt Block of the Month: August

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 8" x 8" finished block 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.

Magic Cross

Finished Block Size
8" x 8"
Magic Cross


From Light Fabric:

  • Cut 1 (5 1/4") square. Subcut square on both diagonals to make 4 A triangles.

    Magic Cross

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

    Magic Cross

  • Cut 1 (3 3/8") C square.

    Magic Cross

From Medium Fabric:

  • Cut 1 (5 1/4") square. Subcut on both diagonals to make 4 D triangles.

  • Cut 2 (27/8") squares. Subcut each square on 1 diagonal to make 4 E triangles.

From Dark Fabric:

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


  1. Stitch an E and B triangle together along a straight side (Figure 1); press seam toward E. Repeat with remaining E and B triangles to make four B-E units.

    Magic Cross

  2. Stitch E-B units to D triangles along long angled side to make a B-D-E square unit (Figure 2). Repeat to make four units.

    Magic Cross

  3. Stitch A triangles to a square unit from step 2 referring to Figure 3.

    Magic Cross

  4. Stitch an F triangle to the B side of a square-A unit from step 3 to make a block corner unit (Figure 4). Repeat to make 2 corner units.

    Magic Cross

  5. Stitch an F triangle to the B side of a B-E-D square unit (Figure 5). Stitch an F-square unit to opposite sides of C referring again to Figure 5 to make a block center row; press seams toward C and F.

    Magic Cross

  6. Stitch corner units to opposite sides of the block center row referring to Figure 6 to complete the block. Press seams in one direction or open.

    Magic Cross

Helpful Hints

  • Choose one each light, medium and dark fabric 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.
  • Use common sense and press seams to cut down on bulk. Traditionally, quilters press seams toward the darker fabric. However, some blocks may benefit from pressing seams open. Pressing tips are often given in the pattern.
  • For more detailed help with quilting techniques, go to QuiltersWorld.com and choose Stitch Guide in the sidebar to access Quilting Basics or consult a complete quilting guide. Your local library will probably have several on hand that you can review before purchasing one.


Although this block is named the Magic Cross, it is a star block. With the light center square, it could be used as a signature block, or you could place a small photo at the center using printable fabric.

The block design is such that when used alone with no sashing, you will have on-point squares at the block centers and the corners.

To make the star “pop,” reverse the medium and dark fabrics.

Consult a complete quilting guide for ideas on how to do any of these things. If you are a first-time quilter you can learn the whole quilting process from Learn to Make a Quilt From Start to Finish by Carolyn S. Vagts, editor of Quilter's World, available at AnniesCraftStore.com. If you are a sometime quilter who needs a little refreshing of your skills, again consult a complete quilting guide (easily found at your local library, book or fabric store) or the Stitch Guide link at the Quilter's World website.

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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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