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The X-Quisite quilt block is a beautiful and intricate block that can be created through a combination of piecing and applique techniques. Here are the steps to create this block:
- Fabric in various colors and prints
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat
- Sewing machine
- Fusible webbing
Cut fabric pieces: Cut fabric pieces for the block according to the following measurements:
- Four 3.5" squares of background fabric
- Two 3.5" squares of fabric for the large triangles
- Two 3.5" squares of fabric for the small triangles
- Two 3" squares of fusible webbing
Applique: Take the two 3" squares of fusible webbing and fuse them to the back of the fabric for the large triangles. Cut out the triangles and position them on the background fabric squares. Fuse them in place and stitch around the edges to secure.
Piecing: Take the two 3.5" squares of fabric for the small triangles and cut them in half diagonally to create four triangles. Position two triangles on each of the background fabric squares with the large triangles, as shown in the diagram below. Stitch the triangles in place and press the seams.
Assemble the block: Arrange the four pieced squares in a four-patch arrangement, with the large triangles in opposite corners. Stitch the squares together to create the X-Quisite block.
Finishing: Press the block and trim it to 12.5" square. Repeat the process to create as many blocks as needed for your quilt.
I hope these instructions help you create a beautiful X-Quisite quilt block!
The secret to the perfect four patch is all about ironing seams so that they butt together when the seams are joined. You may make the four patch by cutting individual squares if you want to make a scrappy quilt or only a few blocks to make with pre-joined strips. I'll take you through both methods.
Cut two A squares and two B squares in your required size. Chain piecing, join A square to a B square, right sides together, with a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance. Press towards the dark fabric.
This is your result:
This is also the result of cutting across pre-joined strips to create two units.
To make a standard four patch, the width of the unit cut from pre-joined strips is the same as the width of the original strips.
Press all the seams towards the dark fabric so that the seame butt-up.
Take the two A/B and place them right sides together, butting seams. Pin if required. Join with a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance, then press.
You can apply this technique to all kinds of four patch blocks. As long as a block has a 4x4 grid, no matter how many pieces, the basic principles apply. It is repeated over and over again each four patch laying adjacent to the next. As long as you keep pressing seams in pairs of opposite directions, piecing will become easy.
All of the following blocks have 4x4 grids and can be pieaced as a four patch.
How to Resize Quilt Blocks: