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Can you find the spool shape where these strippy blocks come together?
This block is traditionally known as 'King's X'.
Note: this quilt requires the use of the "COMPANION ANGLE" by EZ international. It is a right angle triangle used for cutting flying geese, hour glass blocks and other triangles. I found mine at walmart.
Block size: 8 1/2" finished.
Cut fabric into 2" strips...1/2 lights, 1/2 darks.
Creating 1/4 blocks!
Step 1: Stitch two light strips to two dark strips with right sides together. Press each seam allowance towards the dark fabric
Step 2: Lay one strip set on top of the other, right sides together, with lights touching darks.
Step 3: Stitch along both long sides forming a TUBE. Press flat. This helps in the cutting process.
Step 4: Lay strip on cutting board....and align Companion Angle ruler...using the measurements that are down the CENTER of the triangle placing the 3 1/2" line along the bottom of the strip. There is a dashed line just 1/4" above the solid line. This line should be lined up on your seam line...
(I took this picture during a later test so that the number markings on the ruler would be more clear.)
Step 10: Lay the blocks out like this and stitch the two halves together!
Your finished blocks should look like this:
Here are a few rows of blocks laying on my floor...
Remember that blocks need to be sewn together so that lights touch darks to keep the positive/negative thing going. I also think this quilt would work great with one light fabric as the background....such as muslin? I just had so much stuff to clear out that I just divided fabrics into lights and darks to use them up. I also think that you could do a two color color scheme.....such as red/blue and use one constant light as the background...muslin maybe?? The blues and reds could all be different, but it would have some unity for an interesting design. This is one idea I want to play with. I also have thought of doing this with 1 1/2" strips instead of 2" strips for a mini quilt! The 1/4 blocks would only finish at about 2 3/4"
The helpers are my son Jason on the left in the cowboy hat...and his friend Brian on the right. Im sure they weren't aware they would have their pictures shown to quilters all over the internet..*heheh* (PS..this pic was taken when Jason was a junior in highschool. He graduated in 2001!)
Hidden Spools in Lap Size! 20 blocks set 4 X 5 make up the center of this little cutie! With borders added it measures approximately 46" X 55"!
When working with bias edges ESPECIALLY..it is important that borders be applied correctly.
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