Monthly Mini Quilt for May!


This month your mini quilt wall is going to grow a little bit bigger and a lot cuter! Here’s your free mini quilt pattern for May… Criss Cross by Nadra Ridgeway.

I asked Nadra to pretty-please join us as a guest designer because I LOVE her blog ellis & higgs and I think she has some of the most darling quilt and mini quilt patterns around. You can see them in her Etsy shop here.

Nadra is also a fabric designer for Riley Blake and she really wanted to use fabric from her new collection Arbor Blossom for this mini quilt – it just wasn’t available in time. But I have some on the way and will use it for the June Mini Quilt! 🙂

Here’s my Criss Cross mini quilt. I absolutely love it! Nadra’s instructions are excellent so whether you choose soft colors like hers or brights like mine – I know you’ll love your’s too.

Criss Cross Mini Quilt Pattern by Nadra Ridgeway

Finished size 12½” x 12½”

Materials needed:

  • Two 5” x 5” squares of red, pink, yellow, light yellow, green, light green, blue and light blue print fabric

  • Background fabric: 1 Fat Eighth

  • Backing fabric: 14” x 14”

  • Batting: 14” x 14”

  • Binding: 2¼” x 60”

Join the pieces using a ¼” seam allowance.



Select one red and one pink fabric square and draw a diagonal line on the back of the pink square. 

With right sides facing, place both squares on top of each other and use pins to hold them in place.

Stitch ¼” from each side of the drawn line. Cut the stitched unit apart on the drawn line. Press the two Half Square Triangle (HST) units you have created with the seam allowance towards the darker fabric.

Draw a diagonal line on the back of one HST unit perpendicular with the seam. With right sides facing, place both HST units on top of each other with colors opposite to each other and use pins to hold them in place. Stitch ¼” from each side of the drawn line. Cut the stitched unit apart on the drawn line. Press the two Quarter Square Triangle (QST) units you have created towards one side. 

Next trim the two QST units down to 3½” x 3½”. 

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the background fabric squares. Layer a background fabric square on the top right corner of a QST unit. 

Attention: when sewing on the background fabric squares, make sure that the red (dark) triangles are pointing up / down and the pink (light) triangles to the left / right!

Stitch on the drawn line and trim away ¼” from the seam. Repeat on the bottom left corner. 

The Criss Cross block should measure 3½” x 3½”.

Repeat the above steps to make a total of 16 Criss Cross blocks.

Lay out and assemble the Criss Cross blocks as shown in the image above. Press the seams open. The finished quilt top should measure 12½” x 12½”. Make a quilt sandwich with your quilt top, batting and backing fabric and quilt as desired. Trim off excess batting and backing fabric and bind the quilt using my favorite quilt binding tutorial

I hope you have lots of fun sewing up this darling mini quilt free pattern! See more of our monthly mini quilt patterns here.

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  1. What a cute mini quilt, a lovely little spring quilt. And a great give away :-).
    Thank you for the give away and the lovely mini quilt patterns.

  2. Fun pattern. So simple yet doesn’t look simple. Why didn’t someone think it this sooner. Love this quilt perfect use for my charm oack

  3. Kerry Leach says:

    So cute! Thank you for the tutorial. I’ve started working on neonatal quilts for the local hospital and that would make such a lovely one to do. Kindest regards, Kerry 😀

  4. Brenda LaCroix says:

    Thank you! I love florals especially those with pink roses!

  5. Karen Chaudoin says:

    This quilt is so cute both versions. I am going to try it in reproduction fabrics.

  6. Lover it! and love the fabric! Do you think you could do a printable version of the pattern?

  7. Great Tutorial. Love this mini quilt-its exactly what I was looking for to decorate the front hall desk! Thank YOU!

  8. Kim E Warner says:

    This adorable! I can’t seem to find your link to download the pattern. I would so appreciate your help! You do lovely work, thank you, Kim

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