I need to know....am I the only one who falls in love with quilt blocks? Do you see a block, and feel something stir, that then compels you to make dozens of that block you love? That happens to me more than you would think! I don't really question it, I just go with it. I'm just wondering if I'm the only one?
For today, my attention is on the Cross X block. It's a traditional, old block, which makes it all the better for me! I think it does great things in a quilt....creates a lot of movement and interest without being overwhelming. The construction of this block is quite simple. The math for this block can be a nightmare... but there's a simple fix for that! Paper piecing. Now, I now that paper piecing can be nasty words in some of your vocabularies, but trust me, this block is made for paper piecing!! Knowing that many of you make the sign of the cross at the mere mention of paper piecing, I have included rotary cutting and piecing directions for the mighty Cross X, with.....normal, everyday fraction sizes. The problem with this cutie is that, depending on the size of the block you want, those normal fractions become nightmare fractions. Those scary fractions disappear if you're willing to paper piece the block!!
I have two new quilt projects using Cross X. Wanna see what they are?
We've produced a large pile of Cross X blocks and I just love them!! These blocks are for a new, large quilt called American Gothic which will be released at quilt market in May. The pattern requires 90 blocks and we're almost there! I can't assemble it just yet as I've chosen to use a new fabric for the setting that won't be coming out until April, but at least the blocks will be ready and waiting. What do you think? Are you loving Cross X yet?
This little cutie is a new quilt for Journey Four of the Prairie Women's Sewing Circle club! I just adore this quilt!! Didn't I tell you the Cross X block mades for a graphic presentation? I hope you like it, too!
For those of you who aren't fond of paper piecing, I'll show you just how easy this block is to paper piece in my next post...so hang in there with me, won't you? I'd also love to hear if you're madly in love with a block you want to make. Perhaps I'll get hooked on it too!!