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Piecing X blocks for quilted game using exhilarating Banyan Batiks, Recess

 

Let the sewing fun begin! In yesterday’s post, we followed the cutting directions for the pieced X and O blocks. They’re the game pieces for the quilted game board we’ll be making later. The Recess fabric line has some bold colorways to choose from, but I chose to go with the gray-blue and the purple colorway and its masculine looking prints.

Let’s get started making the pieced X blocks!

 

Pieced X blocks
Pieced X blocks

 

Make X blocks

1. Cut one fabric X background square through one diagonal.
2. Sew one cut edge to a long side of Fabric X 1½″ x 8½″ strip; press the seam to the background fabric.

 

Background cut on diagonal with X strip ready to sew
Background cut on diagonal with X strip ready to sew

 

3. Sew the remaining background half along its cut edge to the opposite side of the Fabric X strip, lining up the two background halves using the points as visual guides.

Press the seam to the background fabric.

4. Cut diagonally through the unit opposite the pieced in Fabric X fabric.

 

Second diagonal cut
Second diagonal cut

 

5. Sew one cut edge to a long side of Fabric X 1½″ x 9½″ strip; press the seam to the background fabric.
6. Sew the remaining half of unit along it’s cut edge to the opposite side of the Fabric X strip; this time you can also use the pieced strip in Fabric X to line up the halves visually.

Press the seam to the background fabric.

 

Line up inset strips and pin halves together.
Line up inset strips and pin halves together.

 

7. Trim the unit to 5½″ square. I used a 6½″ square ruler and lined up the guidelines to make my first two cuts along the top and right sides.

Then I turned my unit and trimmed again. I did this two times and kept lining up my 5½″ guide marks on the ruler as well as the diagonal line in the middle of the ruler through the middle of my Fabric X.

 

Trim the pieced X block to size.
Trim the pieced X block to size.

 

8. Repeat steps 1-7 to make 4 more X blocks.

 

Five pieced X blocks
Five pieced X blocks

 

The pieced X blocks are ready. I really like the blue print from the Recess fabric line – it makes me think of outdoor fun! Stay tuned, next up we piece some O blocks.

 

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: 6 fun fat quarters turn into a quilted game

Go to part 3: Piecing O blocks for quilted game using trendy Banyan Batiks, Recess

I love to play with color and *quilts* are my playground! A self-taught quilter, I've been designing quilts for almost 20 years. I'm inspired by happy fabrics, selvages, traditional blocks and nature. I'm also a wife, mother, and elementary school teacher, and enjoy drinking coffee on my front porch in northern Ontario.

2 Comments

  1. Cindy Shelley

    Love this for my grandson.

    • Thanks Cindy! I picked some of the darker prints from the Recess line by Banyan batiks to make my game. There are lots of brights to choose from too! My son has enjoyed playing this game and winning 🙂

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