Last week the Southwest Bernina dealer came to the RV resort to speak to the quilters. She is a new quilter and so talked about some of the quilts she has stitched. One of the techniques was using an X-block ruler. The ruler is from Quilt Queen Designs and there are a couple of books, one is Once Upon a Time in X-Blocks Land. I really like one of the quilts she showed us and decided it would make a great baby quilt. So I stopped by her shop and helped the Arizona economy. Today I took a couple of hours and put together a 12 block sample. I really like the look.
This is the beginning of my Anita's Arrowhead quilt. I am using the same white on white in each of the squares. I have made one WOF strip for each of the five colors. After finishing this much, I have decided to make another set of blocks to make the quilt 6 blocks by 8 blocks.
The uniqueness of this block is that it is made from 8" squares of the colored fabric and the white fabric that is sewn together on the edges. The the square is cut corner to corner and then cut twice to make the pieces for the finished block. It really is fun and easy to make. There are lots of bias edges so starching helps make things easier.
This is a photo of part of my Five Color Quilt from the booklet, Mosaic Memories. I think I purchased the kit in Salina. I remember thinking how much I loved the purple squares in the quilt sample, but no such color in my quilt. The colors are much brighter than the photo. The top is queen sized at about 97" x 97". It really was rather easy to make--just a perseverance task. I did use a lot of thread and it did take a lot of time. I am glad to have it finished. Now on to my Anita's Arrowhead.
These are two of the blocks that I completed today during the workshop I attended. The instructors showed us how to stitch the blocks, the cutting techniques, and the sewing tips. The range of fabrics was fabulous--from batiks to Victorian-looking prints. I think this will be a quick, complex-looking quilt. More on it later.