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!