FUSSY CUT X PLUS QUILT BLOCKS

Fussy cut x plus quilt blocks by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

I have a new obsession: x plus quilt blocks. I don’t know how or why I started a new project. Well actually I do know how, I was looking for a distraction to help me avoid my massive to-do list and so I went in search of a new quilt block to try.

I have a list of blocks and quilts I’d like to try (and I currently have 5 quilts in various stages in my sewing room so really I shouldn’t have been looking elsewhere) so I just went to the list and picked one.

I decided I’d make blocks using fabrics I have in my stash that I’ve been “saving for a special occasion” and have some fun with them.

I asked google for a block pattern and found Amy (of Badskirt) had written a tutorial for a 7.5″ finished quilt block.

I didn’t really think about the size of the block I just started cutting.

I made my first block and was in love. I’ve not really played with directional prints much in the past so it was fun to think about what fabric would work as the x part of the block.

Fussy cut x plus quilt blocks by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

With my first block done I decided to try it again. No real plan in mind.

Fussy cut x plus quilt blocks by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

I loved my first 2 so much that it was time to make another. By the time I had 3 made it was pretty clear I was in the process of making a quilt top.

My to-do list hadn’t gotten any smaller, but I was motivated now, so I decided that each time I’d finish a task on my list I’d make another block.

Fussy cut x plus quilt blocks by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

The next day I used my x plus block quilt to help power through some of my to-do list. It was such a great way to stay motivated and focused.

I used some of my favourite fabrics in my next block. I loved fussy cutting the fabrics to try and create movement and draw your eye around the block.

Fussy cut x plus quilt blocks by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

For my next block I decided to use some extra special fabric. I follow an amazing Australian lady on Instagram, @missjessm, and a few months back she posted some images of fabric she was designing and printing on Spoonflower and I just had to have some.ย  It was this amazing print of cicadas on a spotted background.ย  (You can see more of Jess’s work here.)

I’ve held on to it for so long I was sure what to use it in that would really make it sing – then I found the x plus quilt block. Bingo!

Fussy cut x plus quilt blocks by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

I love this block. It was this block that made me decide to turn them all into a big quilt top just for me.

I make a lot of quilts, but I usually make them for other people. I’ve never made a quilt that’s all just for me. (The closest I’ve come is making quilts for our little family, but they always have design elements for others in them.)

Fussy cut x plus quilt blocks by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

I love this little all green number.

Fussy cut x plus quilt blocks by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

This is how much I’m loving this quilt, I cut into my precious Heather Ross Gnome fabric. I just had to team it with some flamingo fabric.

Fussy cut x plus quilt blocks by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

What does the fox say?

Fussy cut x plus quilt blocks by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

Time for another gnome.

Fussy cut x plus quilt blocks by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

Some dodgem cars…

Fussy cut x plus quilt blocks by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

Or maybe a little bird.

Fussy cut x plus quilt blocks by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

Or a lot of birds.

I’ve got 12 blocks made and I’m aiming for 100 – I like my quilts on the large size (lots of room for snuggling and less arguments about stealing the covers).

Fussy cut x plus quilt blocks by Angie Wilson of GnomeAngel.com

I love how they’re all playing with each other and I’m looking forward to seeing more made and put together.

I will probably need to start thinking about balancing out colours as I get more done, but right now I’m just having fun.

I’m also toying with the idea of making some 12″ versions (you can find the measurements here) and then some 24″ versions (you can find the measurements here).

It’s all just about having some fun. That’s what quilting’s all about right?

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27 Comments

  1. Claire Witherspoon October 22, 2014 at 3:49 am

    I love a the little eye gags! Bugs with leaves, kids tea party with scissors etc. all the topics seem to go together as well as how the colors commpliment each other. I’ve seen several quilts with this block and liked them all! I think I gotta try it. Thanks for the inspiration! cheers!

  2. LittleWhiteDove October 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    They look fabulous! I think the fox is my favourite, but I am a total sucker for a good green/orange combo. Thanks for linking up with the Aussie WIP Wednesday!

  3. Lesley Gilbert October 17, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I love every one of your blocks and I like the fine detail you put into your fussy cutting ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Celine October 17, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Your blocks are delightful. I have been admiring them on instagram. Your quilt will be stunning. Well done

  5. Vicki October 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Gosh Carrie, these blocks are delightful. Your joins are so accurate, I have point joining envy LOL

    1. GnomeAngel October 17, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Thanks Vicki – think it might be the illusion of the photo though – there’s some pretty shocking bias stretching going on on the edges. But I’m all about having fun with this and not using a single pin ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Johanna October 16, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I love each and every one of these blocks! And now this is on my quilty list even though it’s already too long! But like you I also like getting really excited about trying something new. Plus I think we all have some special fabric just waiting for the perfect project.

    1. GnomeAngel October 17, 2014 at 8:03 am

      Thanks Johanna. I’m having fun with it, although I’ve had to put it aside for a little bit while I work on some other things in the queue. Have left it on the design wall though to keep me motivated ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. GnomeAngel October 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Nicky October 15, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Love the x+blocks all of them – you will have such a fun quilt at the end or maybe three if you do all the sizes! Thanks for linking up to Scraptastic Tuesday!

    1. GnomeAngel October 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

      Thanks Nicky! I hope so – although not sure I could stretch my stash to doing 3 versions… maybe… Thanks for hosting. I’m planning on losing myself in the links over the weekend and going and commenting on everything. Love find a good new blog to read! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. PennyDog October 15, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Our stash is so similar! I need those flamingos though, do you know what the print is so I can look for them? Love the plan of rewarding yourself with a block too, especially since this will be your quilt in the end, like sticking gold stars on a fridge chart ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. GnomeAngel October 17, 2014 at 7:57 am

      The flamingos are by Timeless Treasures – sorry there’s no name on the ends. I like the thought of this being my gold star quilt ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. audrey October 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    These are really great blocks! Love your fabrics.:)

    1. GnomeAngel October 16, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Anita L October 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    P.S. Your blocks are fantastic! I love them all! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Anita L October 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    You’ve got me onto this now too! I found that same tutorial just the other day. Aparently there’s also some quilt math by Canoe Ridge Creations to make a bigger block. I have to check it all out when I get my head above water with the projects I’ve already started. My sewing room is a disaster right now!

    1. GnomeAngel October 16, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks Anita! I’ve put a link in the post to the calculations that Megan has done for the 12″ block. I’m not sure I’ll ever get my head above water, now I just try not to drink too much of it while I’m treading water.

  12. Cassandra October 15, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I just love these blocks, and the idea of a special quilt just for you. Can’t wait to see it come together. Are you going to mix the larger sizes into the same quilt top?

    1. GnomeAngel October 16, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks Cassie. At this stage I’m planning to do the front all one size and then maybe a couple of the bigger sized ones for the back. Who knows ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Karen Ann October 15, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Beautiful blocks…..love seeing them on IG.

    1. GnomeAngel October 16, 2014 at 9:10 am

      Thanks Karen Ann – I love sharing them, although worried about overgramming! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Katie Dold October 15, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Ohhh! Those blocks are so lovely. I’ve been wanting to make some of those too. Your blocks look so fun!

    1. GnomeAngel October 16, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Katie. I’m having fun with them. I can highly recommend them if you’re looking for something new to start. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Kelly October 15, 2014 at 10:36 am

    They are wonderful, what a fun quilt this is going to be! I love those giant blocks (24″) too.

    1. GnomeAngel October 16, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Thanks Kelly! I can’t wait to have it done (although part of me thinks I should pace myself so if I get any new fabrics I can add them into it). I’ve got some big prints that I’m looking forward to using in some of the bigger sized blocks – thinking of making a few of the bigger sizes for the back… so much quilty goodness!