Monday, May 7, 2018

X Block Quilts

Ever start out with a great idea, but for whatever reason it just doesn't go quite as planned?  When Amy mentioned that there was going to be a blog hop for the X block rulers I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I had seen a pattern years ago called Unbeweavable made with the ruler, but I wanted to do it with Ombre fabrics.  So I was in!

Then I got the pattern, the fabric and I stalled.

 I went as far as choosing the colors I didn't want to use, and pulled them from the bundle.

Then life got busy.  But I finally started in mid March.  I chose my colors, and cut my fat quarters, and labeled them.

I started sewing, and got stuck.  I finally figured out where I went wrong and got back on track and kept sewing.  Until April 14th, and I knew this was just not going to happen before I left on my trip on the 18th.  This is as far as I had gotten.

Oh I did have 2 rows which were actually put together, that I did not show.   They were hanging on the back of a chair the day I left.  Sunday April 15th I came up with an alternate plan and in a matter of just a couple of hours I had a top made!  Monday I made a back and pinned it, and started quilting.  Tuesday I made binding and stuffed it in my bag,  and Wednesday it was in the bag traveling with me.

It was quilted in the Grand Canyon, and at the cousin's home in California. I squared it up and put the binding on it while sitting on the front porch enjoying the Dogwood trees in bloom across the road.

I finished and took it with me on the 200 mile detour to the cemetery I have been trying to get to for a week.

My backup plan?  5 colors, 3 pink, 2 purples, in a small table topper which ended up about 30 inches square.  

I did simple straight line quilting following the weave of ribbons, and the binding was one of the gray ombre fabrics that I chose not to use.


Thanks Amy for organizing the hop, now hop on over to see the rest of the great projects for today and next 3 days.



I was informed a little bit ago there is a prize package.

Looks like loads of X Block quilt fun!  Since I am obviously HTML challenged tonight.  Head over to our fearless leader Amy's blog Sew Incredibly Crazy to enter the rafflecopter giveaway!








118 comments:

  1. I am surely glad you came up with your back-up plan--it is beautiful! I like the straight line quilting too--sets the pattern off to perfection. The X-block is added to my list of things to do. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Love reading about your journeys ... quilting and otherwise ... :-) The pink and purple and black table quilt looks wonderful. Love the quilting ... <3 Pat

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  3. Gorgeous quilt and being able to sew to the Grand Canyon, wow!

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  4. Amazing, the colours are perfect and the straight line quilting is awesome. I love it 😍

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  5. That looks fabulous! I too love this pattern and may or may not be doing the same one tomorrow. LOL!!!

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  6. Very pretty start...it will be great when finished...and oh, wow! such a great finish too, love your table topper :)

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  7. Wow, you really rocked the x-block hop. I'm amazed at your awesome colors and all that work. Inspiration galore!

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  8. What a beautiful and precious quilt! This quilt will carry your memories of this time.

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  9. That is simply gorgeous! So glad that you joined us.

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  10. This is stunning! I love the look of the weave...you rocked this X-block!

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  11. I love your plan B. Way to pull that one out of the bag! If we can help you over the hump with plan A, please let us know.

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  12. You sure did work hard to get that sucker done! I LOVE the pattern and your colors!

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  13. That looks fabulous. The colors are so pretty together too.

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  14. I love the colors and the quilting. Very beautiful.

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  15. Love the weave and the colors.

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  16. Way to keep after it! It's really pretty!

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  17. I really like the end result despite the false start. Good for you to persevere and get this done.

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  18. I love your quilt but it looks so complicated.

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    1. It really is very simple. The ombre fabrics do all the work. Truly is a fun tool.

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  19. Very nice! πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ» for sticking in there until you found something that worked!

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    1. I will go back to plan A when I return home in a couple of weeks. I have was having a great time working on it.

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  20. Great way to simplify the quilt!

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  21. Oh, my goodness!!! Your quilt is mesmerizing with the pinks and purples and black background! The X-Block template is perfect for this! Love it!

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  22. Wow! The quilt turned out great...and I can't believe you brought it on your trip and quilted it! Good for you. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. That is quite an adventure in making the X-Blocks quilt. Your finished project is lovely. I really like the straight line quilting. I hope you finish the original as that looks lovely, too.

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  24. WOW! Your quilt is absolutely beautiful! I love the colors that you chose and the design is truly awesome. It looks very complicated so I am very happy you got it finished. Thank you for sharing.

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  25. Fantastic back up plan!. Love, love the colours. And the straight quilting looks amazing.

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  26. I just got this pattern last week. Love the straight line quilting!

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    1. You will really enjoy it. It is fun playing with the color layout.

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  27. That is unbelievable, One of these days I will be able to do something as beautiful as that.

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  28. I love your backup plan quilt. I love thinks and purples!

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    1. Thank you. It was so easy after finally getting the hang of it. It truly is a fun tool to work with.

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  29. I love your color choices. Beautiful.

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  30. Your design wall idea is exciting, so creative. The pink makes me think of the dogwoods blooming in PA this week.

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  31. Your colors are beautiful and I love the layout you came up, it's perfect!

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  32. Sometimes our plans fails for a reason; you wouldn’t have made this beautiful table topper of your plan had worked!

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  33. Love how your backup plan turned out. These x box rulers make some amazing quilts. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  34. Wow, the ombre really adds an interesting dimension to the quilt. Just beautiful!

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  35. What a beautiful color work!!!!

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  36. I love the colors worked into your quilt~ so beautiful!

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  37. Beautiful! Love the colors!

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  38. Your plan-B ist absolut succesful, the tabletopper looks great, and so will your quilt when its finished. The pattern ist great and I really like the fabrics you`ve used.
    Bente

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  39. Love your tabletopper. Great ideas and fabrics.

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  40. I love your table topper. It sure has a great history already - quite a journey. Your colors are divine and the pattern is wonderful for them. You rocked this pattern.

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  41. Great tabletopper. Great prizes. Thanks!

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  42. I think sometimes the things that don’t turn out the way you initially wanted end up turning out the best :).

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  43. Even though this didn't go as planned, it turned out wonderfully!

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  44. Love your use of ombre fabrics for your ribbons. Thanks for sharing.

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  45. I love how that turned out, I have had the template for years but not used it. I have a pile of ombre fabric. I think I will use that template now!

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  46. Beautiful quilt! I love using the XBlock template:)

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  47. Your quilt turned out fantastic, despite all the trouble it gave you. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  48. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netMay 8, 2018 at 2:53 PM

    Your quilt is wonderful!

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  49. So colorful, bright and cheery!

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  50. I love your bright and cheerful table topper!

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  51. Love your colors - very bright and cheery!

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  52. Such a beautiful quilt. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day!!angi angielovesg atgmail dotcom

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  53. Beautiful quilt. I hadn't seen the pattern before, your colors make it shine. thanks for sharing.

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  54. I love how your quilt turned out and I love the colors.

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  55. I love the variation the ombre fabric gives the X blocks.

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  56. the quilting really enhances the design. love the ombre fabric choice.

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  57. Ombre quilts are so stunning and yours is no exception!

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  58. Hi Colette,
    I just LOVE the ombre fabrics - they look so pretty sitting there. I had to giggle at the ones you decided not to use - gee, how did you pick them?! They were all the not-as-pretty ones! You ribbon table topper is perfect! I love the quilting, following the ribbons. You had a heck of a trip, and it is amazing that you were able to work on it at all. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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  59. An easy way to make a complicated pattern.

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  60. I love that shared your whole journey for this quilt-- sometimes we leave out the hurdles and back tracking in favor of showing the finish. Love that quilting too :)

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  61. I loved hearing about all the places you worked on your beautiful quilt! The colors are gorgeous!

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  62. Thanks for keeping it real--I have absolutely had that experience! I hope that in the future, when I do, my results will be as lovely as yours turned out to be.

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  63. Great quilts! Thanks for sharing.

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  64. I'm a pink and purple lover and your table top looks fantastic!
    yoyopattycakes @ hotmail dot com

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  65. Nice colours, the black makes pink stand out! I will have to try this RULER!

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  66. Your quilt turned out great!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  67. Love the black it really pops the soft ombre colours.

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  68. That is a wow factor quilt. The quilting is perfect. rozz01(at)cox(dot)net

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  69. It is an absolutely beautiful plan b !!

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

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  71. Amazing colors. I'm glad you kept going even if the original plan wasn't working...the end result is beautiful

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  72. This is a REALLY cool quilt!! I love this design.
    xx, Carol

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  73. This is a beautiful quilt! And so nice to enjoy binding it outside.

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  74. WOW! It's amazing! Good for you for keep on, keeping on!

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  75. What a beautiful project. I was loving the project that was half way done as it looks amazing, but your finished project looks absolutely beautiful. Love Love Love the quilting.

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  76. I love this. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  77. Fantastic work! Thanks for sharing!

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  78. 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.

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  79. Crazy quilts - very interesting, thanks for sharing,

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  80. Beautiful table topper. Love the colors.

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  81. Need to get to work making an x-block quilt!

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  82. Love your purple and pink quilt - so pretty😊 Looks like a fun block design

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  83. What a beauty that turned out to be! If you hadn't told us, I'd never have guessed you got that together so quickly. I like the way it's quilted, and it tickles me that the binding is one of the FQs you weren't using, especially as it goes so nicely with these colors!

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  84. What awesome results! My colors too.

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  85. Beautiful, intricate looking quilt! The colors are great!

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  86. WOW! Simply gorgeous! maryc76904 at yahoo dot com

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  87. Such a vibrant quilt, thanks for sharing.

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  88. I love everything about this quilt, the colours, the fabrics, the layout, just everything.

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  89. Your back up plan is amazing! I love it! Jadahlgr at Yahoo dot Com

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  90. I love the colors in your quilt!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  91. Bright happy x block quilt!!!
    Love the use of 2.5 strips.

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  92. Wow very bright I so love a lot of colors. ...happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  93. What an awesome pattern and table runner! Thank you for sharing and inspiring me. Ronelle

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  94. I love where you were heading with your ombre X-blocks... and also love what you ended up with to share! Well done with the sewing under pressure! The quilting on your topper is perfect too.

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  95. Wow I really am amazed by your quilt. You have inspired me. Thanks
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  96. Great quilt. Love the quilting on it. I have most of the X block rulers, but, I don't think I've ever made one of the quilts.

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