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aquilterstable PRO 2:57am, 29 October 2015
How CAN it almost be November?! Yes, I'm posting just a couple of days early, so concentrate on getting those October blocks to Pam, and just know this is here when you're ready for it....

This month we’re going to make some simple improv blocks. I’d like each of you to make 1 block that measures 12.5”x24.5”, consisting of 2 or more smaller blocks. The smaller blocks can be various widths – 4.5”, 6.5”, 8.5”, or 12.5” – as long as sewn together, they equal 24.5”. The height of all should be 12.5”.

Here are a couple of samples:
8.5” + 4.5” + 12.5” sewn together equals 24.5”
improv "X" blocks

12.5” + 6.5” + 6.5” sewn together equals 24.5”
improv "X" blocks

To make each block, start with a piece of fabric at least 1” larger on all sides than your desired finished size. Cut a contrasting strip 1” wide and longer than the diagonal dimension of your starting fabric. Rotary cut your ‘background’ piece diagonally. Insert the 1” strip and sew the 2 halves back together; press. Cut your block diagonally in the other direction, add another 1” strip, and sew the 2 halves back together; press.

Note: When sewing the final seam, it can be tricky to get the 2 arms to line up. I place my 2 pieces right sides together, pinch about a ¼” seam on the back where the ‘arms’ meet, then flip open so I can see if they line up. If not, adjust a bit until they do, then pin. Even so, things don’t always line up perfectly, and that’s ok. Just make it as close as you can without stressing over it.
improv "X" blocks

Trim your block to your desired size, keeping the middle of the cross as centered as you can, being sure to allow for seam allowances. Depending on the size and shape of your beginning fabric, your ‘x’ may or may not land at the exact corners of your block and either is fine, as you can see by my examples. Make 2 or more blocks, as needed to make your block strip 24.5” long. (If you are most comfortable just making 2-12.5” square blocks, that’s totally fine, just sew them together to equal 24.5”.)

For fabric, my first choice would be all solids – any shade of blue for the backgrounds; any blue, turquoise, teal, or bright green for the crosses. An occasional gold or orange would be ok in your cross strips, but isn’t necessary. Both ‘arms’ of each cross do not need to match fabric-wise - ie. use scraps if that works for you. AND if you feel so inclined, contrasting bits pieced into the crosses would be welcome. I used some of my block trimmings to create cross strips for the next block. IF you are unable to use solids, please use tone on tone fabrics, preferable with no white or cream.

Let me know if you have any questions, ok? Hopefully this is as flexible and fun for you as it was for me.

ALL BLOCKS RECEIVED AS OF 12/12/15 - thank you!
Sewing.Wilde 3 years ago
I love this and solids are a favorite- Thanks for the early post with the holiday sewing coming
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aquilterstable PRO 3 years ago
oh good! Have fun with it, Pam!
~Me1issa 3 years ago
Thanks, Debbie! I think this will be great!
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Blue.Ridge.Girl PRO Posted 3 years ago. Edited by Blue.Ridge.Girl (moderator) 3 years ago
This looks like a fun block to try :) Thanks for the great write-up.
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aquilterstable PRO 3 years ago
Great. Glad you think it'll work ok.
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lobstervb 3 years ago
Sent today.
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aquilterstable PRO Posted 3 years ago. Edited by aquilterstable (admin) 3 years ago
Laura, your block came - and it goes beautifully with mine! Thank you!
Lettyb Posted 3 years ago. Edited by Lettyb (member) 3 years ago
You should have had mine by now. Sent it last week.
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aquilterstable PRO 3 years ago
Letty, I swear I posted here - maybe flickr had a hiccup! I received it on Friday - thank you!!!
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Blue.Ridge.Girl PRO 3 years ago
My blocks are in today's mail Deb :)
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aquilterstable PRO 3 years ago
great - thank you!
Lettyb 3 years ago
aquilterstable:
Oh great :) Hope your Thanksgiving was blessed x
Full Hands and Hearts 3 years ago
I finished my block last night and I am sending it in the mail this morning.
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aquilterstable PRO Posted 3 years ago. Edited by aquilterstable (admin) 3 years ago
& your blocks arrived - thank you!
... your block wasn't in the pile of mail I came home to....I'll keep you posted!
I know has her block done - we just need to connect.
And I see has mailed her block...
How's everyone else doing?
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aquilterstable PRO 3 years ago
yay. Your block arrived today!
It's on the way. Post office said it should arrive Sat.
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aquilterstable PRO 3 years ago
perfect - thanks!
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aquilterstable PRO 3 years ago
Abby, your block came today - love that orange bit! Thanks much.
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Blue.Ridge.Girl PRO 3 years ago
Oh great! Glad it arrived :)
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aquilterstable PRO 3 years ago
Your block arrived! Thank you!
~Me1issa Posted 3 years ago. Edited by aquilterstable (admin) 3 years ago
Debbie, mine are going out in today's mail. Sorry for the delay. :(
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aquilterstable PRO 3 years ago
I've been away nearly 2 weeks. This is perfect - thank you!
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aquilterstable PRO 3 years ago
Sharon, thanks for dropping your block by!
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aquilterstable PRO 3 years ago
Melissa, you block arrived today - thank you!!
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aquilterstable PRO 3 years ago
ALL BLOCKS RECEIVED! Thanks everyone!!
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