I’ve been doing a little cleaning in my studio, and pulled out a bunch of rulers and template that I have. I seem to have a little addiction to them…..anyone else have that problem? In fact, I just got a new one in the mail and…..another one is coming! A year or two ago I bought the Baby X-Blocks template BasiX and never, ever used it! I have no idea why because it makes beautiful blocks very easily.
X Block BasiX Tutorial
There are quite a few sizes of templates to make X Blocks including one that uses 2 ½” strips. I also found another style of X Block templates that is a 7 ½” template, I’m not sure if that is the size of strips or blocks……I might have to get this!
For the BasiX blocks you cut 3 – 1 ½” strips of fabric, I’m using some batik scraps that I have. Sew them together with a ¼” seam allowance and press the strip. I also sprayed a little starch on it to add some body as you are cutting on the bias.
You just line up the lines on the BasiX template and then cut your blocks. Make sure you put the ruler down the same way for each cut if you want all of your blocks to look the same.
There are all kinds of designs you could make with the blocks, here are just a few. The blocks are approximately 2 ¾″ square.
From one set of 3 strips that I cut the width of the fabric, I was able to cut 12 blocks.
I sewed them together, added a scrap piece of batting and backing and quilted a little mug rug.
The size of my X Block BasiX mug rug is 7″ x 9″, perfect for a cup of coffee.
I think I’ll go through more of my rulers and templates and use them for a change! If you have the X Block BasiX template I would love to see what you have made with it.