Sunday, May 6, 2018

My Day For The X-Block Blog Hop

I'm so glad you've stopped by to visit my blog and to check out my
project for the X-Block Blog Hop. Have you seen these really cool templates
that take a sewn block and turns it into something totally different by just a
slight rotation of the block? You're going to love the X-Block templates!


It is so nice of Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy to host this blog hop for
Doris of Quilting Queen Online who's the new owner of X-Blocks templates.
Thank you Amy and Doris!

I used the 6 1/2" X-Blocks template and based my quilt on a block in the book
"X-Blocks Land". The book has some amazing ideas for using the templates.


I created the block from "Knight Time" and planned to make it just like it was in the book.
But then...I started flipping the blocks around and came up with something totally different.
That's what's so fun with these X-Blocks!


I call this version, "The Queen's Apple"


This might or might not be a poisonous apple


Here it is in lighter colors...much easier to see the layout of the X-Blocks!


You can find the X-Block templates HERE!


Look a giveaway, too!



Shhh...don't tell anyone, but it's my birthday today.


124 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Carol. I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

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  2. Happy Birthday! Your quilt is fabulous, I am anxious to give X-blocks a try.

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  3. Happy, happy birthday to you!! Awesome quilt! Have a wonderful day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  4. Happy birthday! Wow, what an eye opener! Love this quilt, especially with that red apple! Snow White, look out! I hadn't seen the X block yet--glad to see your creation on this hop.

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  5. Happy Birthday Carol! Have a great day! It will be fun to hear from everyone with this post. I love the quilt layout in the book and your layout both! Tossing in that possibly poisonous apple just gave your black and white quilt a life and story of its own.

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  6. Well, happy birthday! It has dawned a glorious morning here in central Maine, where I am visiting, and hope the same is true for where you are! Your quilt is fantabulous!

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  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAROL!! Your quilt looks amazing.

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  8. Outstanding! Carol, your certainly started this blog hop off in a big way and set the bar high. Great use of the ruler and basic pattern to create something new and inspiring ... :-) Pat

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  9. oh! ...

    Happy Birthday! Many Happy Returns of the Day!

    ... your quilt was so spellbinding, I missed your quiet whisper at the bottom first time around ... ;) Pat

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  10. I have the X-blocks templates and that book too. I have made one lap quilt from the book and a table runner from a pattern. It's kind of fun to do. Your quilt is stunning Carol! Have a Happy Birthday!

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  11. Happy Birthday!! I find black and white quilts striking, love yours.

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  12. I wish you the happiest birthday ever, Carol! It's a beautiful day here and I hope it's the same where you are. I don't believe you would put a poisonous apple on your gorgeous quilt. I'd think of it as sweet, crisp and juicy!

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  13. Happy Birthday πŸŽ‚. I really like the clean lines of your quilt.

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  14. Happy Birthday! πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸŽŠπŸŽ‚πŸ° Your quilt turned out wonderful!

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  15. Happy birthday. Hope it is a great year ahead for you.

    I LOVE the quilt. The apple in there is perfect and a terrific addition.

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  16. Poison apple! LOL!!!! Better make sure no one serves that to you on your birthday! Great quilt. Happy Birthday!!!

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  17. Happy Birthday to you :) Great graphic quilt...that apple looks good enough to eat, or not?! Love your finish!

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  18. Happy birthday Carol! Love your quilt and the little apple idea is fab. We must be thinking alike with the x-block tool....

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  19. Happy Birthday Carol and what a fantastic quilt! Love the pop of red with the apple!

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  20. Happy Birthday and that quilt rocks!!

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  21. Oh Carol, that is absolutely awesome! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!

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  22. Hi Birthday Girl!
    I hope this is a fun day! Your quilt is crazy with 2D and 3D ideas intersecting. WOW! It makes me want to look into this. Thanks for your post.

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  23. Reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.

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  24. Happy Birthday! Love that apple!!!

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  25. Happy Birthday Carol. A stunning block in black and white.
    Pat

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  26. Happy Birthday! Love Love Love the "The Queen's Apple"!

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  27. Happy Birthday! Your black & white design is stunning!

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  28. Very interesting. Would love to try.

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  29. Happy Birthday!
    I like your quilt, quite modern. I don't have the book and it looks like it would be very helpful with designs.

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  30. Happy Birthday! Hope you had a great day. Love your take on the X Block quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Wow, would love to try these out.

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  32. Happy birthday! This is a really cool ruler! Love your layout.

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  33. HBD, a day late! I love that quilt. It was gorgeous just black and white, but that apple! That just makes it perfect. Thanks for sharing in the hop.

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  34. Thanks for sharing your quilt with us.

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  35. The apple is the perfect extra touch. Wonderful quilt.

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  36. Hope your birthday was filled with good wishes. I love the big diamonds in your quilt.

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  37. I love how the Apple makes the whole quilt more whimsical. Beautiful job.

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  38. I love black and white quilts and the apple gives it a pop of color. I'll be checking out these rulers. Thanks for sharing. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  39. Dear Carol,
    I know your birthday was yesterday, but it is not to late to gratulate to your birthday and to this stunning quilt! What a great idea to play around with the deign and to add that wonderful red apple. Clever to add the green from the leafs to the border too!
    Liebe Grüße from Germany
    Bente

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  40. Love the black and white version!
    Greetings
    Rike

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  41. Happy Birthday! I am a May baby too! Love your quilt!

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  42. I made my first x-block quilt last week, and loved how it turned out.

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  43. I love what you did with this! So fun and whimsical. Nice to be on the blog hop with you.

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  44. Carol, I love your X-block quilt and the apple is a crowing touch to the beautiful black and white quilt. Thanks for showing the accompanying book. I kept thinking that the name sounded familiar. When I saw the book, I went "Oh, yeah!" I think I might have that book upstairs in my stash room somewhere. I think I bought it a couple of years ago at a quilt show at the fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. I brought it home and put it in the upstairs room and never looked back. Now, I'm really sorry. It sure looks that there is a lot more to X-blocks than I remember or at least that I could think about affording on that trip. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  45. Happy Birthday! Amazing prizes. Thanks!

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  46. Happy Birthday and I hope you keep on celebrating every day. This quilt is sew Dramatic and Stunning! The pop of the apple is genius! Thank you for hopping. <3

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  47. This looks really awesome! Great that you played with the blocks for a very creative layout - well done!

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  48. Love the graphic nature of your black and white quilt. The red apple is fabulous. I have one of the x block templates but have never used it. This blog hop will inspire me to do so.

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  49. Love your "The Queen's Apple" quilt!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  50. Happy Birthday, I love the black and white contrast!

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  51. This X Block template looks like it will be an awesome tool! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  52. love the quilts! Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  53. That quilt is marvellous, and the pop of red is great.

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  54. I'm really enjoying the X-Block blog hop

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  55. The black and white version is stunning, Carol!

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  56. Hi Carol,
    I saw your post on Sunday and didn't get a chance to leave a comment then. This is so darn cute - I am working on a herringbone quilt right now, and this reminds me of it. I love the apple! Oh this would be perfect for so many occasions but especially for a teacher, don't you think?! LOVE!
    ~smile~ Roseanne

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  57. Happy belated birthday, Carol! Love what you did with the blocks!!

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  58. Nice to see creative quilt in limited number of colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. Happy Birthday! Love the quilt.

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  61. I love this black and white quilt with the red apple "pop".. a lime green Granny Smith apple would be fun too!!

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  62. I like playing with my layouts too, maybe too much. This turned out amazing!

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  63. This looks cool in black and white. I would enjoy making a quilt like this.

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  64. This is an intriguing pattern with many possibilities. Plus with suggestions on what to do with the waste fabric - perfect.

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  65. I love the black and white with that little red apple-- perfect!

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  66. I love that you were able to use your creativity with this tool. Some tools limit imagination, but it seems that this is one of those that enhances it. Your results were striking!

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  67. Happy Birthday! These x blocks are new to me, but I love the variety you can get out of them. I think there might be one in my future!

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  68. The x blocks are pretty unique. I'm liking the different designs that can be made with them.
    yoyopattycakes @ hotmail dot com

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  69. Looks like a fun ruler with lots of possibilities !

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  70. Great pattern--and Happy Birthday!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  71. So glad to be a part of this. Can’t wait to make my own X block quilt

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  72. What an interesting quilt! I have to try these!

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  73. Love that quilt with the apple eye catcher.

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  74. OMG! Those quilts are awesome! Love the color choices and 3 quilts for 1. You can't go wrong with that plan. I really, really want to make some of those quilts.

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  75. Happy (belated) birthday πŸŽ‚ The Queen's apple is wonderful.

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  76. Wow. Beautiful quilts. I love the ideas of extras. Thanks for sharing

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  77. I had these rulers for years but never used them. After reading your post I am definitely going to dig them out this weekend. Your work is very inspiring!

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  78. I missed your birthday, but happy belated birthday. Hope TODAY is great too. These rulers look interesting. I might just give it a try.
    xx, Carol

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  79. The Queen's Apple is awesome!

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  80. that apple-lique (if you will) is genius on this quilt!

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  81. Just getting around today to see all the blogs who featured the ruler today... but this is awesome Carol, it's funny I have seen this book and its contents and never associated it to X-Blocks or having the ruler, I just knew I liked the projects in the book. That you took and totally turned it around is also really cool as when I was watching the video lessons for the ruler I too thought how cool it would be to use on some of these really old swap blocks I have from the 1990s... so I totally get wanting to play with the ruler.

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday. Hugs

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  82. Happy Birth Day Celebration! So glad you are part of the human race. You are wonderfully creative and generous with your quilting and design talents.

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  83. X blocks are so much fun to play with.

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  84. I love that you started with a pattern in mind and then your creativity took it in a whole new direction! Very nice!

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  85. OMG! Those quilts are awesome! Love the color choices and 3 quilts for 1. You can't go wrong with that plan. I really, really want to make some of those quilts.

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  86. Wonderful quilts! Thanks for a chance to win.

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  87. Was investigating foundation piecing when I came across X-Block, and now see myself moving in this direction. Love the crisp look of the blocks. Great believer in great tools. We do not see as many in Australia. Love, love, love it. Elizabeth

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  88. What a great "modern" quilt! Need to get to work making an x block quilt!

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  89. Love the black and white with that red apple- gorgeous😊

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  90. Great quilts! Thanks for sharing.

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  91. Striking black and white quilt!

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  92. Stunning quilt! Happy Birthday!

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  93. Belated wishes. This ruler seems to create interesting designs. I am intrigued. Love your quilts with those perfectly matching points.

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  94. This would be a great gift for a very special teacher!

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  95. Such a versatile block/template. Happy Birthday! maryc76904 at yahoo dot com

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  96. Love the quilt and thanks for sharing.

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  97. I love the simplicity of black and white with that surprising pop of red. Great design.

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  98. I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

    I LOVE ❤️ your quilt - it's so clever, simple and striking, and very pretty!

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  99. Very striking quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  100. Happy Birthday! Love your x-blok quilt.

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  101. I love the modern look of your x block quilt. Hope you have a wonderful Birthday! Jadahlgr at Yahoo dot Com

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  102. Very intresting block. .Love the colors you picked and the quilt. happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  103. Your quilt is absolutely beautiful. I love black and white. Thanks for sharing. Ronelle

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  104. Great quilt and happy belated birthday! So much for reading blogs too late!

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