First we will make the diagonal half squares (DHS) or half square triangles, which ever you prefer calling them. You can use which ever technique you want to make them, but this is my favorite.
First, mark your lightest squares diagonally through the center. (This will be a cutting line when you are finished.) Place your black or black and white print 3 3/8 inch square, right sides together with the 3 3/8 inch marked square. Sew on either side of the drawn line, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. Cut this square in half on the cutting line. You will now have two diagonal half-squares, which should measure exactly 3 inches. Repeat with the remaining 3 3/8 inch squares. Press them all to the darkest fabrics, all 16 should be pressed the same way.
Now sew a red strip between two of the units you just made. Notice how those units are turned, putting the black DHS in the center next to the red strip.
Make two units like this.
One of those units will be turned around when you put the block together.
Two Red Cross quilts. The second one is made just by turning alternating blocks.
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Updated June 22, 2020
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