Sapphires and Emeralds

So I returned today from a quilting retreat. Thirteen of us spent the weekend eating too much, laughing too much, sleeping too little…….does life get any better???? Thanks, girls, for another fun time!

One of the projects I worked on was the X-Blocks quilt I’m calling ‘Sapphires and Emeralds’. The center is now assembled, and the pieced borders are also made (but I didn’t get a photo of those yet).

I also made progress on my Block of the Month; a tote I’m making for a gift exchange; a block for our raffle quilt; and I started one other project I hope to share soon…….took a walk at the State park, did some reading, had a massage…….Oh, and we solved all the world’s problems too – it was a very productive weekend!!!

On top of that, tonight I sewed a camouflage carrying bag for a pop-up deer decoy for my hubby – the things you get asked to make when you know how to sew!

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X-Blocks Quilt

I’m working on a new sample for the shop and retreat. “X-Blocks” is a technique by designer Patricia Pepe of Quilt Queen Designs. You start with strip sets or nine-patches, then use one of the X-Blocks rulers to cut your blocks. Sometimes the blocks are twisted or turned or flipped, and when you sew them all together, they create very cool designs!

I’m doing the “Venetian Tiles” pattern. But I’m using blues and greens and yellowy creams, so I’m calling mine “Sapphires and Emeralds”. Here are some of the nine patch blocks I have made so far – don’t you love the colors?

You can see more of the X-Blocks products I have available here.

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