Lots of X’s

This week my quilting life has been full of just one block – a paper pieced X block of varying sizes.

paper pieced cross blockI made the original block pattern, a 4 inch x 4 inch block,  for the next border on the PMQG medallion quilt.

Botanics fabric lineI 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.

bontanics medallion quilt wipDon’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….

medallion quilt wipYep 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…

Constellation crossesI 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.