This week my quilting life has been full of just one block – a paper pieced X block of varying sizes.
I made the original block pattern, a 4 inch x 4 inch block, for the next border on the PMQG medallion quilt.
I used the PMQG Medallion Border paper piecing pattern to make the border for the group medallion which is taking full advantage of the fabulous Botanics range by Carolyn Friedlander.
Don’t you just love the center Dresden flower – my clever fellow PMQG officer, Kelly of Blue Bird Sews made it.
After finishing the first 24 X blocks for the Guild Medallion I turned around and did another 48 X blocks to make the border on my Medallion….
Yep you read right… I had to make two lots of cross blocks to get my border done, because I did not measure my paper piecing pattern before I started sewing. My printer had “scaled to fit” my first set of block so they were just slightly smaller than 4 inches. Lesson for the day: always measure your printed pattern before you start work.
For some unknown reason I then thought “wow wouldn’t be fun to try a larger cross with some Lizzy House fabrics” and in a moment of insanity started making these blocks…
I was at least smart enough to blow the pattern up to 6 x 6 inches and I am liking how this quilt is starting to look. You can find the pattern for the larger crosses here… Cross block pattern.
Believe it or not I am contemplating adding some smaller 4 x 4 blocks to my Constellation quilt to bring a nice variety to the top. If I do not get too sick of these blocks, I will have a wip update in a couple of weeks.
25 thoughts on “Lots of X’s”
I really like these! You did a great job!
Thanks… I must admit but the last round of blocks I was an expert at making them…lol.
They all look great! Very fun little border for a medallion quilt…will file away for my future medallion quilt.
I seriously love the border you added to Ashley’s quilt. It is similar to this but works so well with the other pieces you did. You are a Medallion natural.
OMG, those Lizzy House fabrics look so gorgeous in a cross block. I love the contrasts you’re using! The top one looks as if it’s made from ice crystals. You make me want to get cutting and laying out again, but I’m stuck with tying one quilt and waiting to sandwich, pin and quilt another, and I won’t let myself start a third quilt until they’re done.
Wow you are restrained. I have 12 on the go at the moment. I really have to get this madness under control.
I have the fabric pulled and sorted for 6 more, sitting boxed and labelled in my fabric cupboard… together with the design I want to use. I don’t think that counts as quilts started, do you? Besides, I’m just about to go away on holiday, and need to get these two done before I go so I can tidy my sewing room. Or at least rediscover my table…
wow Cath, that botanics medallion is amazing! The cross blocks are really stunning and even might be paper piecing i can handle, lol.
Liz it is a great paper piecing pattern to easy yourself into the technique. I hope you take the plunge.
Love the x’s!! And in Botanics it’s fantastic! But in Constellations, it’s absolute perfection!
I’ll definitely be making use of this pattern 🙂
It is a great block and I know I will be using it again…. just not for a little while!
Goodness! That’s almost 80 Xs, and they all look lovely. I hope you can reuse the ‘scaled to fit’ ones elsewhere.
I think I will need ideas for borders in the next few months, so I will have to file this one away in my memory.
I have really gotten a little carried away with the x’s, but I do think I have a use for the wrong sized ones. The last thing I need is more orphan blocks!!!!
Wow!! Awesome! I agree–the Constellations crosses are perfect! And I just love Botanics and that Medallion! Can’t wait to see the wip updates! I, too, am stuck on one quilt that I need to layer, baste & quilt. I want to get it finished in time to gift it in person in 2 weeks, and my sewing time is so scarce, I feel like I need to use every free second to work on it!
Delivery deadlines are a great motivator… I keep trying to put arbitrary deadlines on myself but I keep breaking them.
Oh for some reason these remind me of a grandma block sort of like a cheats version if that makes sense. They do look addictive though, and I have been known to suffer from OBD (Obsessive Block Disorder) 😉
oh! how cool are these blocks?! i love these. i am tucking these away for when i get my medallion quilt back as the final border 🙂 LOVE. the constellations version is perfect!
Oh, I love the paper pieced X blocks, especially in that Lizzy House fabric!
Loved making my blocks and love your blocks too!
Your Medallion is beyond gorgeous… Have you just scaled every thing up to make it bigger?
Can’t wait to see it!!!
Love Love Love those constellation cross blocks. Just beautiful!
You have made a great border with your X blocks. I’m going to have to try this sweet block!
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Love the little blocks, can’t wait to use them in a small quilt!!! Thanks for sharing!!!