X-Blocks Comes To Seams To Be Sew Today…

Scraps From My X-Blocks ProjectHi Everyone, I have a fun new project for you today featuring the X-Blocks ruler. When I saw all of the most irresistible patterns that you can make with these rulers I jumped at the chance to participate in this blog hop. I know I’ve said in the past that I dislike specialty rulers, but sometimes a specialty ruler can do more than just one pattern type and I’m always happy to have the options available to me in that respect. With these rulers, I definitely see the potential possibilities with even taking old blocks you may have made that let’s say didn’t piece correctly or are warped to the point you didn’t wish to use them in your project. X-Blocks blows that out of the water and lets you use the rulers to allow you to create something new and fun with those types of blocks.

My project today uses the

7 1/2-Block Ruler From X-Blocks

7 1/2-inch X-Block Ruler

I chose to do the Patchouli Pattern.

It’s actually a very easy block that most of you could do with normal piecing techniques, but the instructions in the pattern are what make this an impressive pattern and how you use the ruler to create the pattern makes this easy peasy, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced quilter. I will note, this pattern does need you to read the instructions because you are reversing the ruler to create half of the blocks, so it is important to read the directions.

Patchouli Pattern

I love this pattern and what I love most about it besides the easy creation of the pattern is that you can use the edges of the blocks you cut off in the borders also.

I did not make mine as large as this pattern is, I wanted to keep it small as I have a lovely spot for it in the dining room and needed to follow the dimensions of the wall.

First, I’m going to offer some tips when using any X-Blocks ruler.

I chose to use my Island Batik fabrics from what was sent me last year. We got these little bundles of 5-inch scrap rolls, and I always wondered what was I going to do with them. I used those for this project. I have used some of them in little pieces here and there, but for the most part, I had never cut into them like I did with this project.

The pattern itself calls for jelly rolls or honey rolls. I do not own anything like this, in fact, I am not someone who would buy these kinds of bundles. I’m old-fashioned and set in my “I buy it by the yard” ways… so for me, buying rolls of already cut fabric would just never happen.

Island Batik Bundles

Once I opened each roll, I then separated them by basic colors.

I then cut them into the 2 1/2-inch strips and 1 5/8 strips that were needed. I also cut the sashing that comes between the columns. I arranged the strips in mostly a scrappy way, trying to not have the same color in each block, in other words, if I used a purple, another purple didn’t go into the same strip set.

After you stitch your strips, you then cut your strips into blocks.

I did cut mine a little bit larger than it called for in the pattern and this didn’t seem to affect things once I used the X-Blocks ruler.

Once you cut your blocks, you then need to press them again. Some of the blocks need the seam to go one way and the others need the blocks to go the other way.

When you cut your strips into the blocks, you should average 4 blocks per strip set.

I then separated them into 2 blocks in one pile, and 2 blocks in another pile per strip set.

Originally I had ironed my seams all in one direction, and I wasn’t happy about having to re-press them but, I understand at least why it was done because you can’t separate the strips into the way they need to be pressed when your stitching them, so you either do not press at all, or you press in your preferred manner knowing you will re-press them.

The basic reason is that once you are ready to stitch your blocks into the rows, your seams are already the opposite directions because you pressed the seams the way the directions tell you to.

Next… I used a secret weapon to make cutting my blocks with the X-Blocks ruler.

One of my favorite tools in fact…. some of you who have followed me the last few years can probably guess what that is…

Calibre Arts Rotating Mat

My Calibre Arts Rotating Mat in the 14-Inch size… let me show you why this mat worked out so nicely…

How this works basically is you set your block down, line up your ruler, make your first cut along the edge… do not move the ruler.

Turn mat 90 degrees, without having to move your ruler at all, make your next cut, rotate mat again, cut, and rotate again for the last cut.

This is so much nicer than having to always line up the ruler with the seam and your cuts come out so nicely, no jagged edges, and all my blocks measured the 7 1/2-inches they should be.

This is how my project turned out…

Marian's Patchouli

I know this seems a bit small, but like I said, this goes in a really limited wall space in my dining room, so it’s been made to fit that area.

What’s cool about this pattern is that when you set it in a different way

How it looks height wise...

you still get the same pattern, it just looks slightly different and gives a new and fun effect to your project.

My outer borders have not been added as I ran out of black fabric and it hasn’t arrived yet. Took me awhile to even find it, but I am just now waiting for it to arrive.

Every part of this pattern was also stitched with Aurifil thread. I love using the medium grey thread to piece with.

There is a very fun giveaway going on with this blog hop, Doris is offering all of the X-Blocks rulers as a giveaway prize. I wouldn’t mind winning this one myself.

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The full schedule for X-Blocks Blog Hop Is below.

May 7th
Just Let Me Quilt
What About Rheema
Quilt Fabrication

May 8th
May 9th
May 10th


I would like to thank Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy for hosting this fun blog hop, and Doris at X-Blocks and Quilting Queen Online for sending the ruler and the pattern for us to try out the ruler and the patterns.

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I hope you all have a faaaaaaaaaaaaabulous day!

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79 Responses to X-Blocks Comes To Seams To Be Sew Today…

  1. kathy Persons says:

    Love the bright colors

  2. Paula says:

    This is great!

  3. Sarah@123quilt says:

    So pretty! I love what you made for this blog hop. 🙂

  4. Margaret Nelson says:

    i need one of these rulers FO Sure!

  5. Judy says:

    I love how your quilt turned out – and the colors you chose. It will look beautiful on the wall.

  6. Ronelle says:

    Your quilt is absolutely stunning. Thank you for sharing with us, Marian.

  7. Anna lutzbrown says:

    Very very pretty si many color ways and ruler ideas…. happyness04431@yahoo.com

  8. Nicole Sender says:

    Great tutorial! I found it very helpful! Love your quilt!

  9. Amy says:

    It turned out just beautiful, Marian. It will look lovely in your dining room. Glad that you joined us!!

  10. Amy says:

    It turned out beautiful. Love the Batiks that you used. It will look lovely in your dining room. Thanks for joining us!!

  11. Cathy Calloway says:

    Lovely batik quilt. Thanks for the nice clear tutorial on the x block tool. Fun to see the many projects in the blog hop

  12. Barb K. says:

    Your batiks are wonderful for this project!

  13. Lucy Brown says:

    Thanks for showing how you usedthe rotating cutting mat, I love mine also and use it all the time!

  14. Nancy says:

    I love your project.I need to get busy and make one!!

  15. Allison Evrard says:

    I am just amazed at how the X-Block rulers make such a complicated block so easy.

  16. Kaholly says:

    Oh, my goodness! How delightful!

  17. Carol Kussart says:

    Your wall hanging is going to be so pretty. The black will set the whole thing off. I love these rulers, and the more projects I see, the more I love them. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Susan says:

    Great start, Thanks for the tutorial and I am anxious to see the finished project – it’s amazing already.

  19. Melody Lutz says:

    Great tutorial with some SWEET results! Thank you for sharing.

  20. Christi says:

    I love the quilt. Great colors, batiks and 30’s are my favorite fabrics.

  21. Colette says:

    Gorgeous quilt. Love the fabrics you used too.

  22. Brandy says:

    This looks like so much fun!

  23. Janet T says:

    Very cheerful quilt. It reminds me of the sunrise.

  24. I am checking out this ruler. Looks very interesting.

  25. Angela J Short says:

    Beautiful quilt. So pretty. Have a wonderful day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  26. mary says:

    That is gorgeous. The colors and the design are really nice.

  27. Nancy Myers says:

    I like this quilt, too. All these are just wonderful. That ruler is very versatile. Hope your black fabric comes soon. And I, too, think the Calibre rotating mat is just the greatest.

  28. Barbara says:

    Awesome quilt! Have to get to making one of these x-block quilts! Finally was able to get to the site!

  29. Cecilia says:

    I love the fabrics you used and the pattern. Thanks for the tips and for sharing your process.

  30. QuiltShopGal says:

    Beautiful design for a quilt, as well as your lovely table runner. Great idea. X-blocks can be great fun.

  31. Susan says:

    I really, really like your piece, Marian. It’s very desert landscape, to me, and you live in an area of Colorado where that fits right in. What a beauty. I have the larger one (I think), and I’ve used it to make an American Hero quilt. I am going to have to investigate this pattern, because I like it a lot.

  32. Sandi says:

    Love your wall hanging and thanks for the tips.

  33. Vicki H says:

    Thanks for sharing your tips for the ruler.

  34. Donna W says:

    Thanks for sharing your quilt with us and some great tips for using an x-block

  35. Lisa Marie says:

    Thanks for the very thorough explanation of how this ruler and patterns work. So cool! Your project is looking just lovely, it will be a beautiful finish!

  36. Darlene Slocum says:

    Cute block. It looks like fun to make.

  37. Marti Morgan says:

    Beautiful quilt and colors

  38. Melany says:

    Great job Marian

  39. Nancy says:

    Wow! That quilt turned out so beautiful! Thanks for sharing .

  40. Doris Rice says:

    Beautiful colors for Patchouli. And I like your smaller version and the helpful hints. Great job!

  41. Cindy Shelley says:

    Very nice quilt, I love Batiks!!!!

  42. Cookie says:

    Thank you for your generous spirit and the talent and creativity you share with all us wantabees. I love the colors in your X-Box challenge.

  43. Ioleen says:

    This is amazing. Looks like stained glass. Love it ❤️❤️❤️

  44. Moira says:

    Very nice quilt. Thanks for the great walk-thru of your process to make it.

  45. Beth T. says:

    Thanks for walking us through your process. Very interesting, and your end result was quite striking–I’d love to have quilt that hanging in my dining room!

  46. Jayne P says:

    Thank you for such detailed instructions and pictures

  47. Sharon Aurora says:

    I’m like you in that I don’t normally like specialty rulers and I buy fabric by the yard. However your quilt looks fantastic!

  48. Delaine says:

    I just love your quilt! It looks almost like stained glass. Thanks!

  49. Bente says:

    Lovely quilt and the batiks are so beautiful!

  50. Mary says:

    That is the first time I have seen a rotating mat, and I need it!!!

  51. Daryl says:

    Well you know I LOVE that PATCHOULI quilt! Can you guess why??? LOL!! It is gorgeous!

  52. Laura says:

    Thanks for the reminder to use a rotating cutting mat. I have one and forget to pull it out. I am quite fascinated by the patterns created using these rulers.

  53. Audrey Neufeld says:

    I love your colours in this quilt. The x block ruler is one I would like to try, Thanks for sharing.

  54. sharon says:

    I love the batiks– I had not seen these rulers before this blog hop I will have to check them out at the next big quilt show

  55. Roseanne says:

    Hi Marian,
    I just LOVE the batiks you used in this quilt! How, it is just amazing how different patterns look with different choices in the fabrics, and this is certainly the case. Amazing and so very lovely!
    ~smile~ Roseanne

  56. Nancy A says:

    Your quilt is fabulous. I am getting more and more interested in this tool.

  57. KJH says:

    Your quilt turned out beautifully. I love the batiks used. The more I see, the more I want one of these rulers.

  58. Joan says:

    Oh how fun, and what a great way to use those 5″rolls! Nice job!

  59. Thunder says:

    I want to be you when I grow up…. Your designs never cease to amaze me. This is out of this world GORGEOUS💚💜💚💜

  60. Kathy E. says:

    This is such a perfect use of the lovely batiks! It is truly mesmerizing! i own the secret tool and love it! It makes getting those cuts so much easier and more exact. Remember a few weeks back when you recommended the scissors for trimming machine applique pieces? I ordered a pair and absolutely love it! Thank you a TON for that suggestion!

    • Marian says:

      How cool, I’m glad to hear you love them as much as I do. I also don’t always use my rotating mat, but for something like this, it was the perfect tool to own. I am glad I bought it now. 🙂

  61. lisa says:

    love love love ur site so much info on here

  62. Carol S. says:

    Love the fabrics in your blocks! It’s amazing how turning one way or the other creates a different design.

  63. Dawn F. says:

    I would generally agree with you that I don’t like specialty rulers because they usually only have one purpose, but this blog hop is convincing me otherwise on these guys!

  64. Kelley says:

    Cute! Like your colors!

  65. Bonnie Larson says:

    Wow. Beautiful quilts. I love the ideas of extras. Thanks for sharing

  66. Joyce Carter says:

    Marian, your quilt really is beautiful. And I love the design. The Batiks were perfect for it. Thank you for sharing.

  67. Vicki in MN says:

    Nicely done!! Great use of the IB fabrics:)

  68. Sharon says:

    Beautiful fabrics, nice arrangement.

  69. Rosalind Gutierrez says:

    Your quilt has the wow factor. Tempting to try the ruler technique.

  70. Pat says:

    Beautiful quilt! Thanks for all the photos of how your did this. I am not usually a fan of specialty rulers, either, but the patterns and instructions and possibilities for these elevate them to another level. I am a now a BIG fan … 🙂 Pat

  71. Brenda says:

    Great job, Marian, and of course, I love those Island Batiks! The pattern and the batiks give this a stained glass effect! Love it!

  72. Beautiful Collection of Fabrics!

  73. Such a pretty finish!!

  74. Maxine E says:

    What a fabulous quilt! Wonderful colors!

  75. Mary Furber says:

    Love the colors you used, Marian. I have one of the rulers and have never tried it – guess I should. Thanks!

  76. Kathy L says:

    How striking! Beautiful use of color.

  77. Anita says:

    Beautiful project! It is fun to see all the different designs possible with the X-blocks ruler.

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