Red and white – blocks 10, 11 & 12

Three more finished blocks for the red and white Xs quilt.

Block 10 is At the Depot:

Block 11 is Wheel of Chance:

Block 12 is Cross Roads to Jericho

At some point I’m going to have to come up with a plan to compensate for the fact that some of these blocks finish at 10″ and some at 10 1/2″ but in the meantime it is fun to find all the different ways to make an X block.

All these blocks are coming from this book:


12 down, 489 to go!

Previous blocks are here (8 & 9), here (6 & 7), here (4 & 5), here (2 & 3), and here (1).


Red and white – 6 & almost 7

Red and white – 6 – I cut these out yesterday but didn’t get around to sewing them until this evening.

I was worried I’d lose all the pieces for the two blocks, so I just put them into the book on the pages for their block and closed up the book to keep all the pieces together.

Red and white - mistaken block 7

Block 6 is Friendship Chain.


Block 7 is called Aunt Nancy’s Favorite. I planned to change the corners to white to emphasize the X. Unfortunately I wasn’t paying attention when I sewed it, and I reversed the red and white in the corners and ended up with a star instead of an X. So this one will have to go on the orphan block pile and I’ll make it again.

The failed X-become-star:


Red and white – blocks 2 & 3


Block two for the red and white quilt is called Devil’s Claws, which is rather dark for a pretty block that didn’t cause any trouble. I’d have probably gone with a name referencing the hourglass, but we’ll go with it.

Now off to the treadmill and then to the fabric sale. I need some gray batik for a dolphin commission.


Got the third block done this afternoon. This one is called Next Door Neighbor, a friendly name than the last block. Two reds on this one, and I changed the color arrangement from the original as I’m emphasizing the Xs.


Red and white Xs

Because I don’t have enough works in progress, I started a new project today.


I’ve had the fabric for a red and white quilt for a while, but couldn’t decide on the pattern. Then I got this book:

So the plan now is to make a bunch of different 10″ X blocks. I have three different reds, so I’m set for those that need more than one color in addition to the white background.

The first one (above) is Mosaic #10 in the book. (I do not getting the naming process of these at all.)


I had to add the color reminder post-it because the directions are labelled light and dark, and I’m reversing those. I made a cutting error at first, but caught on fairly quickly.

I also didn’t use the template, as it was just a 4″ square cut on the bias. I could do that one without the bother of a template.

This will be a once and a while project that I can pick up and make a block or two when I’m in the mood.