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Monday, March 5, 2012

Paper Piecing the Cross X Block

Just as I promised, here a pictorial on just how easy it is to paper piece the Cross X block.  Here we go....

We start with our paper piecing pattern, one square that will be become the four triangles, one center square, and four rectangles.  It is ssooooo fun picking out the fabrics for each block!

Start by cutting the large square twice diagonally to yield four triangles.  Notice how all of the shapes are the same as the paper piecing pattern!  Difficulty, confusion, and frustraion can happen when your paper piecing pattern is made of many oddly shaped pieces....like many diagonals, although they often make the most amazing blocks!!

For the Cross X block, there aren't any diagonals, and straight forward shapes like this make for easy piecing!!

Here are the components after piecing and before trimming.  There's plenty of extra fabric to work with. 

The next step is to trim the blocks with a seam allowance.  It's already looking so cute!

Once the segments have been trimmed, we can remove the paper.  I highly recommend using Carol Doak's Foundation paper, available at your local quilt shop.

Voila!  The three sections of the block are sewn together to utter perfection!  No need to worry about the bias.  I'm thinking it turned out great, (if I do say so myself!) and think I'll make another.  That wasn't so hard, was it?  Do you think you'll give it a try?  Stay tuned for news about when my American Gothic pattern (which features this block) is released.


I'm still in the depths of the pre-quilt market frenzy, with what feels like a thousand things to do everyday.
Slowly, but surely, Deb and I are making progress.  Although most of my thoughts are consumed with projects I already have in the works, that doesn't stop me from dreaming up new things, which is exactly what happened over the weekend.  Sunday afternoon I began scribbling and doodling, getting excited about something new we can do together!  I'm calling it....

Pocket Patchwork

I hate to be a tease, but I'm still working on all of the particulars.  Any guesses what Pocket Patchwork is going to be??  Be sure to stay tuned.  I'm anxious to get started, so I don't think you'll have to wait for long!!



  1. Pam, thanks for sharing your tutorial. It certainly makes a perfect block and I really like the fabrics you chose. As to "pocket patchwork"', is it small enough to put in a pocket? Will look forward to your next post!

  2. For some reason I can't see how this is stitched together. I've never done paper piecing so I'm clueless as to which piece is sew in which order. I love the block and would like to give it a whirl, could you explain to me how the order goes?

  3. I love this block and really want to give it a try. The fabrics you used so far and the contrasts are wonderful. I also think Pocket Patchwork is small enough to carry with you to work on. Looking forward to more posts. Thank you.

  4. Gorgeous and perfect! This is such a sweet block Pam! Thanks for sharing your method.