Friday, September 12, 2008

X-Blocks Tutorial

If you loved the giveaway quilt but didn't win, here's how you can make one for yourself!



I used the X-Blocks Bellybutton. It is a super fun, fast tool. It is used to work with nine-patches but you can also use it the way I did.






And this cutting mat isn't required but makes trimming a lot simpler. Do you already have one of these? I did but wasn't fond of it because it seemed like it was so hard to spin it. Then a friend told me to take the black square off the back and flip in around and put it back on. Well, I tried it and it spins a lot smoother. Just a tip!



So you start out by sewing three strips of fabric together. Make sure the light colored strip is in the middle. X-Blocks come in different sizes and each one has instructions to the width to cut your strips depending on what size you have. You place your X-Blocks on the "rail fence" like this.




Then you trim around the edges.


The block you just made will make half of the blocks in the quilt.


To make the mirror image block you just need to flip your X-Blocks over. Notice the writing on the X-Blocks is backwards. (the fabric in the pictures is about to change, don't let that confuse you)




Lay them all out so they make this pattern.


After that you know the drill. Sew them in rows and sew the rows together. I took a picture of the final layout before I started to sew them together. That way if I got mixed up as to which block went where on the way back and forth from my machine, I could just double check on my camera.


When I bought the Bellybutton sized X-Blocks I also bought the bigger one. The Bellybutton is designed to fit in the center of the "nine-patch" of the bigger one. Someday I will play around with that too!


14 comments:

Tine said...

This is beautiful! Must get myself one of those rulers!

We Six Nasons said...

Really great tutorial. Thanks for showing us how you made the blocks for your giveaway quilt. I will have to get one of the bellybutton rulers someday.

em's scrapbag said...

Great tutorial. Cool ruler!

Simply This and That said...

Great Tutorial! Awesome quilt! I can't believe I missed the Give Away! I'm so far behind in blogging! I must catch up, before I miss anything else! What a yummy quilt. I like your idea for my vintage blocks. Thank you! ooxx`jodi

jacquie said...

thanks! never would have guessed that this is how this quilt was made.

ChristyH said...

You make me wish I was into quilting again. Those look like fun quilts.

quilterpolly said...

great tutorial:) love your blocks. I need one of the rulers:)
Polly

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh wow 2 great tools I don't have. I'll have to book mark this. It looks like something I'd like to do.

Roslyn Atwood said...

Sweet, have to acquire one of these rulers it made a very pretty quilt!
Roslyn

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your blog and the x-block ruler is new to me. I would like to get one (or 2 or 3 or 4!!) -- do you sell them? Otherwise, can you tell me where you got yours? If it is in the Seattle area I might be able to purchase one when we're over there soon. Your tutorial is super. Are there books published on pattern ideas for the x-block ruler?

Arlene

kimquiltz @ an oft traveled road said...

Really beautiful quilt!

Terri said...

is there a pattern for the folded piece at the top of your blog? it looks like one of those things you did when we were kids where you did the open and close each way. love it. if there is a pattern for that one, can you let me know? your x-block tutorial is great too!

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Anonymous said...

What size strips are you using?

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