Friday, August 20, 2010

Christmas Paths

Another project is finished in time for the "Showing of the Quilts".

It is a good feeling to just get another project finished.

This one was a result of trying out the x-block rulers by Patricia Pepe. This cool ruler gives great results and is soooo much fun.
(I love doing the project, I just struggle to quilt & finish the project). Now that this one is finished (yes only 12 months after making the demo for a patchwork class I was teaching) I am hoping to jump into some creations as featured in the "Quilt Queen - Once Upon a time in in x-block land. Now this is an American designer, but her rulers & books are stocked by good Australian stores including our friend Julie at Cow Paddocks Patchwork & Craft.

Now for some background this is how you make an x -block

You start with a regular 9 patch block.
Cut it using the x-block ruler. Keep the little bits that are cut off the side.
Make multiple blocks & play with the layout.
"Red path"
"Various paths"
Settle on the design you like & sew it together. That simple really.

I then used a smaller x-block to create a ribbon border and was intending on adding prairie points to make a table centre, but that was 12 months ago.

Instead, I decided it was big enough to be a cushion cover for our continental cushion.

So................... drum roll please................................ I present..................

"Christmas Paths" a reflection on the many places we often need to be at Christmas and the many comittments we try to fulfil that often leave us confused and a little tangled.
(Don't you just love TJ bear, he is trying to photograph this creation too).

Now I mentioned that you keep the little bits that you cut off the side of the x-blocks, that is so you can make a 'bonus project'. I am not sure what this will be, maybe a small runner(?) still thinking.

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