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 thoughts on “X-Blocks Comes To Seams To Be Sew Today…

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

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

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

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

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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

  17. 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

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

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

  20. 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!

    1. 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. 🙂

  21. 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!

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

  23. 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

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

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