Double Plus Block

After another absence I am back…this time with a block for my Do Good Stitches Bee.  It is my month to set the block and after much back and forth I came up with this block….

double plus block

To make this 12 1/2 inch block (unfinished) you will need:

5 (five) x 3 1/2 inch squares of your main color
10 (ten) x 3 1/2 inch squares of low volume prints
5 (five) x 1 1/2 inch squares of your secondary color
4 (four) x 1 1/2 inch squares of low volume prints

STEP ONE – Make the small cross


  • Layout your 1 1/2 inch squares in the desired layout.
  • Sew the three squares in three rows.  Press seams as desired (I pressed mine open).


  • Sew the rows together again pressing seams as desired (I pressed my seams open).
  • Trim the finished block to 3 1/2 inches square.

trim block

STEP TWO – Make the block

Layout your block as below…


  • Sew your squares into rows and then your rows into a block.
  • Iron your seam as desired – I ironed mine open to get the block to sit as flat as I could.
  • If required, trim final block to 12 1/2 inches. Repeat the process until you have as many blocks as you need….

Our quilt will be a rainbow of color, with each block having two bright colors per block… but I think it would be fun to do a block with just two colors – one for the big blocks and one for the small blocks.

As a caveat to this blog post it is the first one I have done on my new MacBook.  My old computer gave up the ghost a couple of weeks ago (one of the reasons I have not been posting) and I am still finding my way around this machine.  My hope is a new computer will encourage me to post more… heres hoping!

14 thoughts on “Double Plus Block

  1. I absolutely love this block! Thank you so much for sharing so generously! Have a fabulous cheerful sunny day

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. What a great pattern! Let’s me use my tiny scraps and larger ones too. Sorry about the computer. It sucks to have to learn a whole new OS.

  3. Lovely block, it’s going to be great in rainbow colours, like a flock of parrots in flight! Good to see you back in the blogosphere, I hope you’re enjoying your MacBook as much as I do!

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  6. I LOVE my MACBOOK PRO! Hope you will love yours also! Thanks for the new block ideas- both are charming and look like fun!

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