Another month, another strip scrap quilt! I really enjoyed the process on this one too - the X blocks are quite fun to make and they have a strong visual impact. I'm itching to try another version with some of my favorite fabrics.
As I was making this I realized why I was so drawn to the pattern. Pretty much the same, no? Except the old quilt was hand pieced with crazy construction on the center of those x's and inset triangles.
I pretty much used the method described in Strips & Strings by Evelyn Sloppy (her "Bunny Love" quilt) but obviously didn't use color coordinated strips and didn't mix in appliqued bunnies. I made a few changes to the method, desribed below.
Here's how I made it:
1. Sew together a bunch of strips to make a unit that is at least 9.5 inches wide and 18 inches long. (I increased the dimensions a bit from her recommendations.) Press.
2. Cut that unit into four identical strips (yes, only 2 are pictured here) that are 4 inches wide. Also, for each block you will need four 4.5 inch squares of background fabric cut in half diagonally to make 8 triangles. (I think it would help if these were just a smidge bigger - see cutting, below)
3. Sew the triangles to either side of the center strip, lining them both up in the middle. Press them open and use a square see-through ruler to trim the entire piece to a 6.5 inch square as shown. (The block with triangles added was supposed to be oversize but I found that the background squares were just the right size or a tiny bit smaller most of the time. I'm not very good at that SCANT 1/4" seam thing I guess so that made the difference. Anyway, you'll figure it out -- either sew that scant seam or cut the triangles a hair bigger -- or stretch that fabric when you piece :-))
4. When you sew four of those together you'll have a block. Obviously there is a bit of seam matching going on here if you want things to match up nice - so you do need to pin at the intersections.
I did different X variations on the quilt as you can see -- turning all the center strips the same direction, alternating 2 one direction, 2 the other, and even mixing strips from different scrap units. I think I like the 2nd option the best myself but with this sorta quilt, it is all about the playing.