Let’s hear it for X-blocks! Their bold, graphic lines allow fabrics to shine, especially when paired with white. “X-Box,” my latest X-block quilt, appears in the September/October issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting. This original design reminds me a little of the traditional Jacob’s ladder block, one of those easy quilt blocks that looks more complex than it is. The elements are simple: half-square triangle units and four-patch units. (I just can’t stop making half-square triangle quilts; I love them!)
The magazine, with complete pattern instructions, is on newsstands or coming to your mailbox now.
All you need is a bundle of fat quarters and a white background fabric to create this 56” x 72” quilt.
Here’s another X-block design that also features the Summer Cottage collection. “X-ceptional” is in my book, Quilted Living.
There are loads of variations on the X shape. It’s fun to play with lines and shading to see how many different blocks I can come up with.
“Basketweave”, also from Quilted Living, isn’t an X-block, originally, but check out what Kathy Brown from The Teachers Pet did to make it an X-block. We took her lead and updated Basketweave. I absolutely love the new design!
How about you: have you made an X-block quilt? Tell us in the comments!