Monday, March 24, 2014


As usual, I bring more projects south each fall, than I can finish, but I pulled one out yesterday, determined to take at least a finished top home.

Somewhere in my web browsing, I had seen instructions for this block: 

It began by layering 2 x 4 inch squares and stitching all four sides.
Then a line was drawn from corner to corner to form an X, and one layer was cut on the drawn line.  The triangles were pressed away from the centre square.
Next a 5 inch square was layered with the first step, sewn all around and cut on the drawn X again.
Since I had two different fabrics, I made 2 different blocks.  The only drawback to this block is all the BIAS edges, so care had to be taken when pressing.  The points are supposed to disappear too!
 I think the borders work well with the Mary Engelbreit panel that was in my stash.  I had collected several fabrics with cherries, bowls and chairs, and finally managed to use them in a quilt top.  I have more borders to add to this project to call it a completed top, but I should be able to get it finished before serious packing begins.

Check out all the creativity shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.


  1. It turned out super cute, love that panel! Googling it!

  2. There's a new YouTube tutorial on this block over at Missouri Star quilting company, they call it the exploding block. I love your color choices the contrast is great. The disappearing points don't bother me but I know some people would be driven nuts by that. What size do those end up do you remember?

  3. I saw this block demonstrated at Houston - I didn't mind the disappearing points then. Just thought of it as a different block that had a parallelogram at the edge. I can see the next border being red. Great top you're finishing, Susan!


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