Cross Block or X Block ?

It’s been raining here again so instead of being out in the field harvesting I have had some time in my studio. Awhile back I ordered a jelly roll and a layer cake of Jen Kingwell’s Gardenvale collection. I’m sure I had a plan when I ordered it but in typical “me” fashion, by the time it arrived I couldn’t remember what that plan was. Oh well, this is what I have started on and hopefully it works out !




These 12″ blocks sew up real quick and I am thinking that I will make 30 or so blocks. I do like them on point but I have never tried making setting triangles. I guess there is always a first time but I have done some preliminary research and already I am finding conflicting information on how big to make the side triangles and corner triangles.


These are what I have so far – this is not the final layout !

I love fall colours, don’t you ? Here are a few shots taken around our home quarter yesterday:


Red-Osier Dogwood


west end of our pond


east end of our pond


Bulrushes behind my studio


Crossing my fingers that the sun comes out and dries up all this moisture so we can get back to harvesting ! I’m linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Thanks for having a look !


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nancy
    Sep 16, 2015 @ 11:19:49

    I love your blocks! I especially like the ones with the red Xs. They just pop!

    I last quilt I quilted was the first one I set on point. The most important thing is to have straight grain along the long edge of the triangle. The only other thing: I wish I’d known that the trick is to make the setting triangles bigger than needed and then trim after they’re sewn. Because I didn’t know that I lost a few points along the edges. I’m getting ready to set another one on point now and trying to decide whether to piece the setting triangles or just use plain fabric.

    Good luck with whichever way you choose. It will be a wonderful quilt.



  2. allisonreidnem
    Sep 17, 2015 @ 12:18:30

    Hi! Colleen, There’s no better way to spend a rainy day day than in a sewing room with a jelly roll and a layer cake! I get a bit paranoid about calculating setting and corner triangles so I test out my math by cutting out paper shapes and putting them against the laid out blocks before actually cutting out the fabric pieces! Better still go to Bonnie Hunters website where she has provided a great table of common sizes for setting triangles – Hope the weather conditions improve for harvesting. Best wishes Allison



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