X-Plus and a bonus tip!

X-Plus quilt block

I have been working on my X-Plus blocks for my next border in my Aviatrix Medallion quilt…..don’t you just love these blocks! This is one reason I really wanted to make this quilt. I just love these blocks and wanted to get a feel for making them. Quite a few pieces, but not so hard. I can’t wait to show you all of these finished up…all these solids really look great together.

I am pretty much following Elizabeth Hartman’s pattern for all the different solids(bought a kit), she coordinated these so well! I am switching up my white background for this sketchy print and the gray for a gray polka dot…to spice it up a bit and make it my own. Here is Elizabeth’s original quilt:

Flat Shot

It’s a biggie, too 80 x 80. Check out the #aviatrixmedallion to see all the cool different ways people have put this one together.

You can purchase the pattern HERE or join in the quilt along if you are interested.

Bonus tip…

You may have heard of this one before, but here goes:)

For the corner units of this block you have you sew squares on the diagonal, then trim the corner off and press it open.

If while you are doing this you go ahead and stitch another line about 1/2″ away…(toward the outer corner!!!) and then cut between the two lines of stitches….

bonus hst

You will get these lovely little bonus half square triangles! and Yes….they are tiny:) About 1″ or so.  I love saving these and plan to make some little fun projects like fridge magnets or christmas ornments with them.

I always stitch these up and then toss them in a jar until I am ready to use them. To cut triangles this small and try to feed them through your machine is a little tough, but this is a simple quick way to  just pop ’em out.

bonus hst

This will work for any type of block where you are stitching the square on the diagonal and then trimming it off….other examples would be in Flying Geese and Snowball techniques.

I just love all these solid and can’t stand to just toss these little cuties!

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Comments

  1. Clever way to make use of what would otherwise be scraps. Brilliant! And your X-plus block looks great.

  2. Such a great tip to get the most out of those little off cuts! I love doing stuff like that!

  3. Susan in OK says:

    I love the little print you chose for your gray. Your block is wonderful. Nice and crisp. And it’s perfect. Nice job.

  4. really like thee blocks and the quilt looks very nice, far too complicated for me but will enjoy following your journey with yours, I do try to save my triangles but sometimes I forget.I am fill of good intentions!

  5. Wow Paula that looks like an incredible challenge, but I know you are up for it. Will follow your progress with joy.

  6. I love this quilt and think Elizabeth did a great job! I want to make this quilt as well… I can’t wait to see your take and fabrics on it! Great looking block already!

  7. hey sassy!
    Hope all is going sewingly for you, LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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