Wednesday, April 28, 2021

A to Z Quilt Challenge: X = X Blocks

 For the month of April, I have taken up Frédérique's Quilting Patchwork and Applique challenge to blog daily (except Sundays) on a quilt topic related to a letter of the alphabet.  

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I thought it would have been hard to find a topic for the letter "X" except that right before I was making up my topic list, I had been looking at this quilt.....

...made up of these blocks called "Anita's Arrowhead".  I made them from a kit and using the shortcut cutting methods of Anita Grossman Solomon (a list of her books is here). 


I had also just recently caught a special sale on Barbara Brackman's Blockbase software.  When I looked up the "Arrowhead" block....

...turns out it is in the category of blocks called " Four X Blocks"!  While I recognized many of the blocks, I hadn't known that the blocks were actually grouped as a category.  Some other blocks in this category are:

Quarter Square blocks


Spiderweb and Hummingbird blocks


I see "Old Maid's Ramble" from the first Moda Sampler and the "Starry Patch" block which is available as an Accuquilt BOB die.


Another X block I plan to make is the block for Kathleen Tracey's "Soldier's Cot Quilt" from her "Civil War Sewing Circle" book.

Janet at the Rogue Quilter blog made a mini quilt using that block.  She called the block  "Old Italian" and linked to Barbra Black's instructions for making it. 

Have you made any of the X Blocks shown here?  Are there any on your "To Do" list?

Linking up with Frédérique and the other Challengers at Quilting Patchwork and Applique.  Bonne journée!

3 comments:

Frédérique said...

Fun name: Four X Blocks! Another one is pretty: XOXO ;)

Verveine et Lin said...

celui de Kathleen Tracy donne beaucoup envie de le coudre. le vôtre est magnifique!

Vireya said...

Love your X-blocks!

What do you think of Blockbase+ so far? I was wondering about asking for it for my birthday - or buying it for myself, but I have already ordered the block encyclopedia thinking that was my present to myself...