In part one of the X-Box quilt block tutorial, we constructed the main units of the block and sewed them together. We’re now ready to add a border. I think you’ll like this easy sew and cut method, which can be used for any quilt block you’re making by adjusting the measurements.
The following instructions will create a border for two X-Box blocks, which will in turn become lattice when you sew your blocks together to form the quilt top.
Border Strips, Set One:
(1) From two different fabrics, cut rectangles 4″ x8″.
(2) Place one rectangle on top of the other, right sides together. Sew the two short sides, using a quarter-inch seam allowance.
(3) Cut this unit in half, parallel to the seams.
(4) Stack the units together with the seam allowances at the top or bottom. Cut the units in half as shown (perpendicular to the seam allowances).
(5) Press open. You should now have four strips that measure 2″ x 7 ½″.
(6) Sew two of these strips to the sides of your block as shown, matching the center seam allowances. Repeat this step for the second block.
Border Strips, Set Two:
(1) From two different fabrics, cut rectangles 4″ x 11″.
(2) Follow steps #2 through #4 above.
(3) Press open. You should have four strips measuring 2″ x 10 ½″.
(4) Sew the strips to the top and bottom of your block, matching the center seam allowance. Repeat this step for the second block.
Wasn’t that easy? I love the way this method creates a double lattice effect around the blocks.
I’m off to complete my X-Box quilt.
Happy quilt making!