This quilt block could also be called an easy peasy Bow Tie block. The Bow Tie block has been around for some time, so most of you are familiar with it. I simply modified the “tie” part of the block, put four block units together, and framed it to form a new block. The individual block borders become lattice when the blocks are sewn together.
To construct the blocks, I used commonly sized quilt rulers as templates—2 ½″, 4 ½″, and 4″ x 8″. These aren’t necessary, but they do save a little time in the process.
For one block, cut the following:
Two dark 2 ½″ squares
Two light 4 ½″ squares
Two medium 4 ½″ squares
I used two different fabrics for each value but that decision is up to you. Same or different, it doesn’t matter.
Take your two light squares and fold them in half, finger pressing a crease on the fold line.
Fold them half again, finger pressing a crease. Open them and set them aside.
Back your two small dark 2 ½″ squares with an iron-on fusible product, such as Trans Web, Mistyfuse, or Steam-A-Seam Lite 2. Follow package instructions.
Place a small dark square on both of the light creased squares (right side) and position them as diamonds, matching points to fold lines. Press according to product instructions.
Sew a 2.0mm straight stitch around the diamonds with matching thread about 1/16″ from the outer edge.
Place the medium value squares on top of the fused squares, right sides together. Mark a line down the center of the medium value square.
Stitch a quarter-inch seam down both sides of the drawn line.
Cut the units in half along the drawn line. Finger press open.
Position one unit on top of another with medium value facing light value, right sides together.
Butt the seams up against each other and mark a center line perpendicular to the seams. Pin as shown.
Sew a quarter-inch seam on both sides of the drawn line.
Cut in half along the drawn line. Finger press open. Your units should look something like this.
Place your units in sewing order. They should form an “X” pattern when positioned correctly. Since you’ve finger pressed the units, you can adjust most of the seams easily so that they butt up against each other as you sew the blocks together. Of course, a pin here and there never hurts.
Square up the block and press.
In part two of this tutorial, we’ll give the X-Box quilt block a multi-fabric border using my easy sew and cut method.