X Block Blog Hop – Venetian Tiles

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Today I am thrilled to be a member of the X-Block Hop (and there is a giveaway!). I found out about this hop from Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy  A friend of hers, Doris Rice, is the new owner of the X-block and so, to help her friend, a blog hop was born.  I was excited to join as I did have a lovely quilt that I made using that technique.

 I love the X-block tool and the intricate designs you can make by trimming a 9 patch.  Yup – that’s the basic gist of it.  First you make a lot of nine patches, then you cut them up.  Sometimes that feels wasteful, but here’s the thing – you are not piecing wonky angles BUT buy cutting a block differently you get the effect of the odd angles. 

I loved, loved, loved this pattern.  I thought it would be perfect to use up some batiks I had collected.  The ones I was using up were the more solid/light fabrics in the quilt.  I had collected them for my Whitby Abby quilt – it appears in the beginning of my blog, but I actually never wrote an entire blog on it. You can even see some of these batiks in the link above, in the second picture.  

These are the two tools I used, the 6.5″ X block template* and the BellyButton 6.5*.  I think the way the colors play off of one another and that the design is so interesting.  I was looking for a colorful sky so all these light batiks have blues and some pinks in them.  It is such a cheery quilt and  perfect for a summer quilt.  The guest room in our cottage is dark and it really livens up the room.

Here are a couple of hints for making this quilt:

  • Starch your fabric (bias edges behave better when starched)
  • Pay attention to the directions (I know – simple but true!  there are Right and Left facing cuts)

    right facing block
    left facing block
    Teal square shows the Right Block, Orange is Left Block and
    Dotted Line Square shows 4 blocks making the diamond.

The pieces for the sides and top are made from some leftovers, if I remember correctly.  They were totally worth doing.  I wanted to use this on a queen size bed, so a few borders and it works!   Notice,  the top and bottom borders are smaller so it will fit my platform beds easily.   Finally, I quilted this on a longarm and loved doing it.

Hanging at the Rising Star Guild Show

Enjoy the hop and check out the other bloggers that are hopping!

May 8th

Moosestash Quilting

Kris Loves Fabric


May 9th

Life in the Scrapatch

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Seams to be Sew

Patchwork Breeze

May 10th

Freemotion by the River

I Like to Quilt

Quilting Queen Online

Sew Incredibly Crazy

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  1. Carla
    May 9, 2018 / 4:24 am

    What a gorgeous large quilt. Love your fabrics!

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 2:29 pm

      Thank you!

  2. Amy
    May 9, 2018 / 4:56 am

    That is a stunning quilt. I love your choice of fabrics. Truly Beautiful!!

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 2:49 pm

      Thank you, Amy, especially for having me in the blog. The traffic is awesome so I hope Doris is pleased.

  3. GranChris
    May 9, 2018 / 5:08 am

    I really like the border a lot. Great quilt.

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 2:43 pm

      I think it really was a good thing to do – although I hesitated – and am very pleased with the finished quilt.

  4. Barb
    May 9, 2018 / 5:16 am

    I really like the design of your quilt–Thanks for the blog hop–lots of new ideas!barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      Thank you, Barb. I love seeing all the options.

  5. Rosalind Gutierrez
    May 9, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    Wow Factor quilt…love it all..the design and fabric colors. rozz01(at)cox(dot)net

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 2:31 pm

      Thank you, Rosalind.

  6. Bonnie58
    May 9, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    Wow. Beautiful quilts. I love the ideas of extras. Thanks for sharing

    • BarefootThunder
      May 9, 2018 / 1:23 pm

      Your borders are awesome on this. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 2:15 pm

      You are welcome; its a pleasure to share.

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 2:30 pm

      My pleasure, and the extras are fun!

  7. Jeanne
    May 9, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    Your quilt is beautiful. The design is great. So much versatility with these templates.

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 2:40 pm

      Thanks, Jeanne. There really is quite a lot of options with them – all from 9 patches!

  8. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net
    May 9, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    I never thought I would want to try using this tool, but the quilts like yours and others shown have changed my mind.

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 2:32 pm

      So glad you are thinking about it. It really is pretty versatile!

  9. Anonymous
    May 9, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    Your quilt is awesome! And this tool is awesome too. Thanks!Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 9:41 pm

      Thank you, I had a good time making the quilt and using the rulers.

  10. Marian
    May 9, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    It is quite funny isn't it, how these patterns look like something I personally would never do, if it's difficult I just don't want to take the time to do it, but the rulers make it so simple. I enjoyed your details about the project and your quilt is truly stunning.

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 9:40 pm

      The rulers do simplify what looks to be a complex pattern.

  11. Ioleen
    May 9, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    I’ve had this set of rulers for some time and keep looking through the book and seeing things I want to make. Your quilt is quite amazing.

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 9:38 pm

      You can do it! Just pick some fabric and play!

  12. Nancy
    May 9, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    What a lovely quilt.

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 9:38 pm

      Thank you, Nancy.

  13. cookie
    May 9, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    Awesome work. Thank you for sharing! It gives me inspiration about what can be made with those tools.

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 9:40 pm

      Thanks, Cookie. They are pretty much fun!

  14. Meloney
    May 9, 2018 / 8:29 pm


    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 9:42 pm

      Thank you.

  15. cookie
    May 9, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    Took a while to find your blog. Your work is wonderful as is your choice of fabrics. Thank you for the hard work of doing and sharing.

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 9:36 pm

      Thank you. I did see what the problem was and alerted the powers to be…

  16. Sarah@123quilt
    May 9, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    Excellent tips! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 9:37 pm

      You are welcome!

  17. Judy
    May 9, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    OMG! Those quilts are awesome! Love the color choices and 3 quilts for 1. You can't go wrong with that plan. I really, really want to make some of those quilts.

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 10:37 pm

      Its a great thing, isn't it?

  18. Marti Morgan
    May 9, 2018 / 10:33 pm

    Love your quilt – thanks for sharing

    • Kathleen
      May 9, 2018 / 10:37 pm

      Happy to share. Thanks for coming by.

  19. Lisa Marie
    May 9, 2018 / 11:31 pm

    Wow, that is just gorgeous! The X-block ruler looks like it has lots of possibilities.

    • Kathleen
      May 10, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      Thank you, Lisa Marie. It does have many options!

  20. Sandi1100
    May 10, 2018 / 12:06 am

    I love your quilt and choice of color! Thanks for sharing the tips.

    • Kathleen
      May 10, 2018 / 2:17 pm

      Of course, it is my pleasure to share, and thank you for the compliment.

  21. Scrapatches
    May 10, 2018 / 1:20 am

    Beautiful Quilt! This pattern has always caught my eye. Think I need to make one of my own. Thank you for sharing in the blog hop … 🙂 Pat

    • Kathleen
      May 10, 2018 / 2:16 pm

      You are so welcome. This pattern is one of my favorites.

  22. Cecilia
    May 10, 2018 / 2:06 am

    Beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing.

    • Kathleen
      May 10, 2018 / 2:17 pm

      You are welcome!

  23. Susan
    May 10, 2018 / 2:20 am

    I was just looking at that one on the website's pattern page and thinking what a beauty it was, and these wide borders look great on it. I have one of the rulers, but I've only made a few blocks for an American Hero quilt. I never realized all that I could do with it! Thank you.

    • Melody Lutz
      May 10, 2018 / 2:22 am

      That looks fantastic – I would like that on my bed!

    • Kathleen
      May 10, 2018 / 2:18 pm

      Thanks, Melody. I love it too! Why don't you imitate it?

  24. bdieges
    May 10, 2018 / 3:01 am

    Have to get to making one of these x-block quilts!

    • Kathleen
      May 10, 2018 / 2:10 pm

      They are fun!

  25. JANET
    May 10, 2018 / 3:26 am

    Really love your quilt!

    • Kathleen
      May 10, 2018 / 2:02 pm

      Thank you, Janet

  26. Connie Kresin Campbell
    May 10, 2018 / 11:11 am

    What a beautiful quilt!

    • Kathleen
      May 10, 2018 / 2:07 pm

      Thank you, Connie.

  27. Suze
    May 10, 2018 / 11:43 am

    What a stunning quilt! Thanks for your words of wisdom for the caveats. I guess it comes from having been a project lead for years. I like to look at a quilt when I am done and think about what went right and what went wrong and what I would do differently the next time, even if that means not making that pattern again. Thanks for participating in the hop.

    • Kathleen
      May 10, 2018 / 2:08 pm

      You are welcome, Suze. I love helping others and try always to include some good hints.

  28. Carol
    May 10, 2018 / 12:05 pm

    Neat quilt! I love what the X block ruler can do. This will be fun to use in the future. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kathleen
      May 10, 2018 / 2:11 pm

      Thanks, Carol. I really enjoyed it and hope you get to make one soon!

  29. Mary C
    May 10, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    X Block template is so versatile! Love this look. maryc76904 at yahoo dot com

  30. Allison
    May 10, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    The soft colors you chose are lovely and remind me of spring. My granddaughter would love this!

    • Kathleen
      May 10, 2018 / 2:12 pm

      Thank you, and I am sure you could imitate the color scheme for her.

  31. lucyleabrown
    May 10, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    love it in batiks, and your ideas for expanding the borders.

    • Kathleen
      May 10, 2018 / 2:15 pm

      Sometimes I just want to make a bed quilt and the quilt isn’t that size! I never mind big borders that hang off the edge!

  32. Susan Stanton
    May 10, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    Your quilt is so pretty! Never know there were so many designs for the x-block template!yoyopattycakes@ hotmail dot com

    • Kathleen
      May 10, 2018 / 2:16 pm

      Thank you, Susan. There are a whole lot of options with this tool.

  33. jay dahlgren
    May 10, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    I absolutely love your quilt! It's beautiful! Jadahlgr at Yahoo dot Com

    • Kathleen
      May 11, 2018 / 9:01 pm

      Thank you, it was a great project.

  34. little burp
    May 10, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Beautiful color choices.

    • Kathleen
      May 11, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you.

  35. margaret
    May 10, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    thinking outside the box is always pretty

    • Kathleen
      May 11, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you! It is always fun.

  36. Anonymous
    May 10, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    Such a lovely quilt!nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

    • Kathleen
      May 11, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      Thank you!

  37. anna brown
    May 11, 2018 / 3:44 am

    Love seeing all the color ways and designs love it…. happyness04431@yahoo.com

    • Kathleen
      May 11, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      It is so much fun isn’t it!

  38. Lorrene Jurgens
    May 11, 2018 / 5:20 am

    It will be fun to try out my basic x. I bought it some time ago and have not used it yet.

    • Kathleen
      May 11, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      Do try it! I think you’ll like it.

  39. mkjmc
    May 12, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    my favorite so far

    • Kathleen
      May 13, 2018 / 10:42 pm

      Thank you!

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