Wonky Cross Block Sew-Along

on April 26 | in Quilt Block Sew-Along, Sew-Alongs, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 86 Comments

Elizabeth Hartman from Oh, Fransson! shares her last installment our Block Sew-Along series. We’ve had a Triangle Block, Spiderweb Block, Dresden Plate Block and today Elizabeth shows you how to sew Wonky Cross Blocks.

Don’t don’t forget about the great quilting resources at Oh, Fransson! (Quilt Making Basics, Quilt Patterns, Quilt-Alongs and much more!). Elizabeth also has a variety of quilting and sewing patterns for you to purchase. Thanks for a fun series, Elizabeth!

If you’re sewing along we want to see what you create! You can:


There are several names for blocks like these. Some people like to call them cross blocks. I prefer to think of them as “plus sign” or “intersection” blocks. Whatever you want to call them, these are simple, graphic blocks that can be made quickly and easily. If you’re someone who isn’t as enthusiastic about the more labor-intensive blocks I’ve been talking about during the last two weeks, this block should be a refreshing change of pace. If you’ve been hesitant to try a “wonky” block, this might be a good place to start!

All directions assume a quarter inch seam allowance, with seams pressed open.

For each 8.5” x 8.5” (8” x 8” finished) block, you’ll need an 8.5” x 8.5” fabric square and two contrasting fabric strips (the two strips should be cut from the same fabric). There’s no fussy measuring on this one. Your strips just need to be about 10” long and between 1.5” and 2.5” wide.

Lay the 8.5” square on your cutting mat and make a wonky vertical cut, dividing the square into a left and right half. Place one of your contrasting strips between the two halves. Sew the two halves to either side of the contrasting strip, as shown above.

Now, make a wonky horizontal cut through the center of your block. Place your second contrasting strip between the two halves. Sew the two halves of your block to either side of the contrasting strip, aligning both halves of the perpendicular contrasting strip as best you can. Square up your finished block to 8.5” x 8.5”

I sewed four different blocks together to make a 16.5” mini quilt. If you make a mini quilt like mine, I recommend varying the size of your contrasting strips and the degree of the angles on your wonky cuts.

This is a simple, forgiving block, so have fun and don’t be afraid to try lots of different variations!

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86 Responses to Wonky Cross Block Sew-Along

  1. Jen L says:

    Fabulous – so much easier than the way I would have thought of doing it!

  2. Monika says:

    Thanks for this tute! It looks like it´s fun – so I´ll try it out the next days… 🙂

  3. Annabel says:

    These tutorials have been wonderful, thank you! I am new to quilting and these are very accessible and inviting.

  4. Lauree Myler says:

    oh fransson! you are amazing!!!

  5. Cat says:

    wonderful tutorial.

  6. Kelli says:

    I had to take my machine in to get serviced so I am behind on my sew-along, but I will catch up quickly as soon as I get it back. I’ve got all these great ideas in my head now and no machine to try them out on!

  7. Ethne says:

    Thanks Elizabeth – another great tutorial

  8. Cinnamon Sangria says:

    great tutorial. Thank you!

  9. Marcia W. says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. I’ve been sketching cross/plus/intersection block patterns since saw these.

  10. Jodie says:

    Gosh, you make this look so easy. I have loved all four blocks.

  11. ~Helena~ says:

    Thanks for walking us through that, I can’t wait to give it a try.

  12. Michelle says:

    That will burn through soooo many scraps, thanks!

  13. Melissa says:

    I finished the Fourth! Here is a link to the last block as well as a picture of all 4 blocks together.


    Thanks so much Elizabeth!! These were so fun to make and your tutorials were so easy to follow! I look forward to quilting along with you again in the future.

  14. Julia says:

    Awesome! Again, I am lamenting my current lack of free time! Such a greay job picking blocks to share!!

  15. Karen says:

    These look great – I am going to try these in a “sampler” quilt.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  16. Baby Bedding says:

    Looks very simple! I’ll have to try this. Thanks!

  17. Christina says:

    Wonky is best! Hooray for less measuring.

  18. Manechka says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I wish there were more coming!

  19. Marcelle says:

    Thanks Elizabeth for these tutorials!!

  20. Carla says:

    This is so great. I just started making some blocks for this kind of quilt. This technique is way faster then what I was doing. What a thrill to find this tutorial. Thanks so much!

  21. Sara says:

    I am working on a “non-wonky” type of this quilt or rather a tessellation patterned quilt. It was kind of hard to figure out my background fabric, but I finally decided on turquoise to go with the pink,blue,green,yellow,orange and browns in the main geometric shapes. My first queen size quilt too–EXCITED! Thanks for your great tute!!

  22. Hooray for wonky blocks! Even wonky quilters like me can make them. Thanks, Elizabeth for sharing it 🙂

  23. jenn says:

    this is one I’d love to try!

  24. Rose L says:

    Oh does this have to be the last of Elizabeth’s blocks? I love her tutorials!

  25. char says:

    I love how complicated it looks, but so easy and carefree. Makes me go “now why didn’t I think of that?” I’m going to do this block, make a quilt, and impress all my friends!

  26. That block looks like so much fun!!

  27. Maureen says:

    A clear tutorial and an interesting block.

  28. Ramona says:

    I really like the looks of this block. Thanks for another great tutorial.

  29. katinkaB says:

    Love all things wonky! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  30. Meghan says:

    Great tutorial. And I love the songbird background in the bottom-left block 🙂

  31. Cathy A says:

    It’s delightful and looks like a fun design to sew!

  32. Kim says:

    SIGH! I love her tutorials! So wonderfully done and helpful. When is she putting a book out?? 🙂

  33. alli b says:

    So simple when you see this 🙂

    great tutorial thanks.

    alli b

  34. Simple and forgiving. I’m ready to be wonkier than I usually am. Thanks for all the great tutorials (and giveaways).

  35. Molly says:

    these are so fun! I have been wanting to try “wonky” blocks, and this looks like a great place to start!

  36. Rachelle says:

    Thanks for another great tutorial…it seems much easier than it looks.

  37. Kimberly says:

    This looks like fun. Thanks!

  38. Dee says:

    Great tutorial. So clear. Thanks!

  39. Amy Grant says:

    very very nice! I really do need to attempt quilting, this series has really inspired me to try it out!

  40. Valerie says:

    Fun! Love the block!

  41. Barb B says:

    I thought this block was going to be way more complicated. I have a bin of strips just waiting to be made into a wonky cross quilt.

  42. Andi says:

    I have loved this block sew-along (even though I need to catch up!) I can’t wait to get all 4 of my blocks finished. Thanks for a great start to the week!

  43. Carolyn Wood says:

    Easy, fun technique.

  44. Anne D says:

    Love it. I think all the mini quilts look great.

  45. The colors are beautiful!

  46. Margaret says:

    Another great tutorial = simple and easy to follow – thanks.

  47. Nichole says:

    Thanks for the great, clear instructions. Love these blocks1

  48. I can’t wait to get started on all of these great blocks!

  49. Nancy says:

    I really like this block because it looks complex but is so easy.

  50. Megan says:

    Oh man, ANOTHER project to add to my ever-growing “Must Try This” list!

  51. Jeni says:

    This is fun!

  52. Christine says:

    I love the wonky cross blocks. They look like fun to make.

  53. Morgan says:

    Ooh I just love anything that doesn’t require precision at every cut.

  54. Sara Hemmeke says:

    I love how “wonky” has become a technical quilting term. 🙂

  55. Rochelle says:

    How cool are those cross blocks?!! I need to get off my computer, get the house cleaned up and get sewing!!

  56. sewlindaann says:

    Anything using scraps is great!! I think Wonky is the new beige!!

  57. qsogirl says:

    I just love Elizabeth’s tutorials. She is such a good teacher!

  58. upstatelisa says:

    OOOO! love this! we just made these blocks in red and white for a friend!

  59. Krystina says:

    See now this is totally my speed. Something that you can mess up, but that still looks great. Love it!

  60. Megan Presley says:

    I love this! And the colors are wonderful!

  61. alisha says:

    I love the fabric combination.

  62. Becca says:

    I like this wonky block! Thanks for the great tutorials!!

  63. Linda S says:

    Your color sense is very appealing. Thanks for the inspiration!

  64. Diana says:

    I love this block! Will definitely try sometime 🙂

  65. PeachRainbow says:


  66. Fawn says:

    Elizabeth always has such straight-forward and practical tutorials that always encourage creativity. I really love following her blog and I’m glad you got her to do some tutorials for quilting II month.

  67. Jenny says:

    thanks for the tutorial.

  68. Dolores says:

    Oh my goodness…totally not how I thought it was put together…what a great way to use leftover strips. I love just cutting up strips and seeing what happens but lately nothing has been happening so now I am totally inspired!:)

  69. Candy says:

    Thank you for the instructions. And I thought it was more complicated than that.

  70. Jessica says:

    I can’t wait to try this one!

  71. Carrie L says:

    I’ve just started making something like this. Fun to see her interpretation!

  72. Lisa says:

    What an easy and fun block to make. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  73. Thank You for the tutorial!

  74. Leah says:

    Great tutorial on this type of block design!

  75. Tong says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  76. Ellen B says:

    Another great block! Thanks, Elizabeth and Sew Mama Sew!

  77. Katie says:

    I love wonky designs.

  78. Rebecca says:

    I want to try this!

  79. Linda says:

    I am happy to see this tutorial. Thanks!! I hope to try this.

  80. Amy S says:

    Oh wow! I love how abstract this piece is…very neat!

  81. Rachel says:


  82. Amy says:

    Looks very simple! I’ll have to try this. Thanks!

  83. Pamela S says:

    I learn so much from Elizabeth’s tutes, no only how to create a block or quilt but also tips and expert advice ~

  84. Courtney says:

    too cute! thanks!

  85. Latrilla says:

    I have been looking for a tutorial for this design. I love the abstract look to the piece. Thanks for the instructions!

  86. Jodi says:

    Much easier than it looks! Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

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