How to Make this Easy Crown of Thorns Quilt Block

Posted by Elaine Huff on

The Crown of Thorns quilt block is an easy block that creates a lovely quilt. Traditionally it is made with only a light and dark (or medium) color but it looks beautiful with more colors and even scrappy! Toward the end of the tutorial I've included several layout/color options to show how versatile it is! Let's get started!

crown of thorns quilt block

Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Crown of Thorns Quilt Block:

  • Light/White: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 8 - 3" squares
  • Medium/Focal Fabric: 1 - 4.5" square
  • Medium/Green: 6 - 3" squares
  • Dark/Blue: 4 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and 2 - 3" squares

crown of thorns fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Rail Unit:

Step 1:

Match up a Dark/Blue 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle with a Light/White 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle and sew together along a long side. Press the seam allowance toward the Dark/Blue fabric as shown in the picture below.

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Step 2:

Repeat Step 1 for a total of four Rail units as shown below.

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Half Square Triangle Units:

Step 3:

Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back of a Light/White 3" square and match it up with a Medium/Green 3" square. Then:

  • Sew 1/4" on both sides of the marked line (top left image)
  • Cut along the marked line (top right image) You'll have 2 units.
  • Open up one unit and press the seam allowance toward the Medium/Green fabric (bottom left image)
  • Trim/square up the unit to 2.5" square (bottom right image)

You can find my detailed tutorials for making a basic Half Square Triangle block at https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-half-square-triangle-block and https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/two-easy-methods-for-making-half-square-triangle-quilt-blocks

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Step 4:

Repeat Step 3 for a total of 12 Half Square Triangle units.

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Step 5:

Now repeat Step 3 only use a Dark/Blue 3" square in place of the Medium/Green 3" square for a total of 4 units as shown below.

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Corner Units:

Step 6:

Arrange three Step 4 and one Step 5 Half Square Triangle units as shown in the picture below.

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Step 7:

Sew the units into two rows and press the seam allowances as shown in the picture below.

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Step 8:

Sew the two rows together and press the seam allowance away from the Dark/Blue Half Square Triangle unit as shown below.

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Step 9:

Repeat Steps 6 through 8 for a total of four Corner units.

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Putting It All Together:

Step 10:

Lay out the Rail units, the Corner units, and the Medium/Focal Print 4.5" square as shown in the picture below.

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Step 11:

Sew the units into three rows just like a typical Nine Patch block.

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Step 12:

Press the seam allowances toward the Rail units as shown in the picture below.

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Step 13:

Sew the three rows together, and...

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Step 14:

Press the seam allowances away from the center of the block as shown in the picture below. You're done!

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Layout Options:

Here's the basic 4 x 4 layout done with a two color block:

crown of thorns quilt 1

Here I've added a third color:

crown of thorns quilt 2

And this shows what it would look like with sashing and cornerstones:

quilt 3

This example shows using scraps for the "thorn" Half Square Triangles.

quilt 4

I put a focal print in the center for this example:

quilt 5

Here's an on point layout with blank blocks in between - very sweet!

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This design uses a large simple Hourglass block inbetween the Crown of Thorns blocks.

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Finally, here is an example where each block has a different coloring. I think this is my favorite!

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Conclusion:

This block went together quickly and I really had fun putting all the layout options together! Hindsight being 20/20, I should have chosen a smaller focal print for the center of the block (or a different coloring). I think it gets lost in between the Dark/Blue fabric.

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Happy Quilting!

Elaine

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P.P.S. To figure out yardage for a quilt, check out this post: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-much-fabric-do-i-need


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