King David's Crown Quilt Block Tutorial: 5", 7½", 10", 12½" and 15" finished

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Let's dive right into a majestic pattern that'll have you feeling like royalty in no time. We're about to take on the King David's Crown quilt block, a design that might look tricky but is surprisingly simple.

Don't let the name fool you, this design doesn't require a crown on your head or even an ounce of royal blood. With our step-by-step guide, you'll be the ruler of your sewing machine in no time.

Those pointy pinnacles of patchwork perfection are as easy as sewing on a line. I promise.

Let's tackle those triangles of textile triumph together!

Your personal throne room—or rather—quilting studio awaits.

The King David's Crown quilt block tutorial starts here

As always, beginner-friendly, illustrated instructions are the backbone of the tutorial. There's more free goodies available for you to download to help you. They are:

Cut. Sew. Press. Time to turn fabric into MAGIC!

General Instructions

Several abbreviations are used on this page. They are:

  • SA - seam allowance
  • RST - right sides together
  • CB - Corner Beam units

1/4" SA are used through this tutorial. 

Highlighted in yellow, pressing instructions are easy to spot.

To press, first press the patches in the closed position as they came off your sewing machine. This sets the seam, melding the fibers of the threads into the fibers of the fabric.

Then press the SA to the dark unless otherwise noted.

Download and print paper piecing pattern

Print the paper piecing patterns you need

To download the pattern, use the most current version of Adobe.

For accurate results, on Adobe's Print Menu page, under 'Page Size and Handling' set 'Custom Scale' to 100%. Then print.

Click here to see what it looks like on the Print Menu page.

Choose your finished block size from the chart below. Print the corresponding number of pages for a total of 4 Corner Beam units and 1 copy of the template page.

Print Corner Beam
Paper Piecing Patterns & Template

Pattern Templates
Print 1 copy
Copies to
1 2" 2" and 3"
1 3"
2 4" 4" and 5"
4 5"
4 6" 6"

After printing, use the 1" square graphic on the printed page(s) to double-check that your patterns printed at the correct size.

Cut the pattern pages into the four Corner Beams, trimming roughly 1/8" to 1/4" past the outside dashed line. No need for perfection here.

The template is a bit different. Cut on the lines for the upper left and lower right corners. The angled sides can be a rough cut.

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Step 1: Cutting patches for your King David's Crown quilt block

King David's Crown block designKing David's Crown design

Sample Block Size:  10" finished / 10½" unfinished

Grid: 5x5

Design Type:   Star | Uneven 9-patch

Please label all your patches. We refer to their numbers and names in this tutorial.

That fetching turquoise and green is the Spring Wildflower print from Tula Pink's True Colors line. Those fabrics seem to pop up everywhere in my quilting. They're just such happy little things. ;)

To print a copy of the block design and cutting chart to use at your cutting table, click here.

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Cutting Chart for a
King David's Cross Quilt Block

~ Paper PLUS Traditional Piecing ~

PatchFabricQtyFinished Block SizeSub
5'' 7½'' 10'' 12½'' 15''
1 Bac 4 1½"x2½'' 2''x3½'' 2½''x4½'' 3''x5½'' 3½''x6½'' ----
2 Med 1 1½''x1½'' 2''x2'' 2½''x2½'' 3''x3'' 3½''x3½'' ---
Beam Med 4 2¾''x2¾'' 3¾''x3¾'' 4¾''x4¾'' 5¾''x5¾'' 6¾''x6¾'' yes
Bac 4 2⅞"x3¼" 3⅜''x4¼'' 3⅞''x5¼'' 4⅜''x6¼'' 4⅞''x7¼'' yes
Unfinished Block Size 5½'' 8'' 10½'' 13'' 15½'' na
Grid Size 1'' 1½'' 2'' 2½'' 3'' na

Subcutting the patches

Stack your Beam patches on top of each other, edges even. It doesn't matter for this shape if the fabrics are right or wrong side up. Either way is fine.

Match the trimmed edges of your template with the upper left and lower right corners of the squares.

Use the Beam template to cut the patch

Now for those mirror-imaged Corners.

Position your Corner/Corner.R rectangles on your cutting mat with the short edges on the top and bottom.

To get the mirror image patches we need with one cut, layer these rectangles in pairs, each pair RST. (If this is confusing, click here for a picture of the patches layered in this manner.) Then straighten the stack, aligning all the edges.

With a pencil, make a mark 5/8" in from the upper left and 5/8" in from the bottom right.

Mark the short top and bottom edges 5/8" in from the top left, and 5/8" in from the bottom right

Line up your ruler with these marks at the EDGE of the rectangles, and cut in half.

These shapes should be virtually the same size and dimension, though a bit of variation is not a problem. They are oversized on purpose. We want to make things easy on ourselves.

Line up your ruler with the marks at the edges and cut

Step 2: Assemble the Corner Beam units

Make 4   

Corner Beam unit from the fabric sideThe Corner Beam from the fabric side

To hold the Beam patch in place, I like to use the tiniest bit of Elmer's Washable Glue stick. Stick it to the back side of the pattern using those dashed lines for quick, precise placement.

Yes, your fabric will extend past the outside edge of the pattern in the lower right by roughly 1/4". We want something to trim instead of just squeaking by.

Use a bit of glue stick to position the Beam to the unprinted side of the pattern between the guidelines

Since our Beam fabric is darker in this sample, I want to make sure the wilder True Colors fabric doesn't show through the light white of my back ground. 

The simple way to insure this is to nudge the Corner patch a couple of threads past the long edge of the Beam. (red arrow) The background is a bit brighter at the edge where there's no Corner fabric underneath it.

With the wide edges of the patches are on the same side when properly positioned.

If you're new to making Corner Beams, hold the patches in place with your fingers and flip the Corner back to make sure it's right. Quick and simple. An easy way to avoid having to rip out a misplaced patch.

Position the first Corner RST with the Beam

Gotta love this unit! Since the seam runs from edge to edge, you can chain piece all four to save a bit of time. 

You do want to start and stop your stitches past the outside dashed lines on both sides. That's a good paper piecing habit to get into.

Stitch the seam


Position the Corner.R just like we did the first one. It's nudged again to prevent shadowing.

Position the second Corner RST with the BeamThe red arrow points to where I nudged the Corner over a bit.

Sew as before

Here's our Corner Beam in all its untrimmed glory, nice and flat after pressing.

An untrimmed King David's Crown block

To trim to size, lay the 1/4" line on your ruler directly over one of the outside solid lines.

Trim away the excess.

Turn your block 1/4" turn and repeat until all sides are trimmed.

Trimming the first side of our blockTrim one side at a time for the best results

Remove the paper now. Your edges are stable with straight of grain on the outside—just like a traditionally pieced block is.

King David's Crown after trimming to size and removing the paper pattern

Is there a time when I wouldn't remove the paper just yet?

Only, perhaps, if I knew I wasn't going to be putting King David's Crown together anytime soon. There'd be less chance I'd crumple the blocks and need to repress them.

Since I rip paper while watching TV, it pretty much gets done within a day of piecing.

Step 3: Assemble your King David's Crown quilt block 

Lay out your Corner Beam units with the points in the outside corners, and fill in with rectangles on the sides, a square in the center.

With paper piecing, and the points right where they should be, this block is as simple as a basic nine-patch to assemble. There's only the seams BETWEEN patches to match.

Our unit arranged into the King David's Crown design

Sew the units in each row together. 

I admit. I'm a through-and-through pinner. Even this simple a block I'm going to pin. I really like it when all the edges are nice and even.


You get to choose to pin or not to pin. Choose what works best for you.

After stitching, press the SA AWAY from the Corner Beams.

The units stitched into rows

All that's left is to sew the rows together and give your King David's Cross quilt block a final press.

Those last SAs are pressed AWAY from the Corner Beams again to avoid bulk.

Our finished King David's Crown

And from the backside, all neat and even.

King David's Crown quilt block from the backside

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