X Block Basix Template Tutorial

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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

BasiX Green Mug Rug Tutorial Coffee
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!
BasiX Template for blocks and tutorialFor 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.
BasiX Green Mug Rug tutorial stripsYou 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.
BasiX Green Mug Rug tutorial cut blocksThere are all kinds of designs you could make with the blocks, here are just a few.  The blocks are approximately 2 3/4″ square.
BasiX Green Mug Rug tutorial block ideasFrom one set of 3 strips that I cut the width of the fabric, I was able to cut 12 blocks.
BasiX Green Mug Rug tutorial piecesI sewed them together, added a scrap piece of batting and backing and quilted a little mug rug.
BasiX Green Mug Rug tutorial back

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.

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  1. Although I do not quilt I love reading your posts every day and seeing all the amazing things you create with fabric. Today’s ruler blocks is very interesting. Someday I may surprise myself and quilt something simple. Maybe…

  2. I haven’t seen that one before. It looks interesting.

  3. I remember when the X-block rulers came out, but I never had one. Now you’ve made me want to put one on my “need to get” list. Your mug rug is sweet! I can see a baby quilt using that template and the 1.5″ strips. I wouldn’t mind that one and the 2.5″ one. I, too, like specialty rulers and templates.

    1. Thanks Miriam and I think I can see the 2.5″ template in my future also 🙂

  4. I have some rulers I’ve never used and I don’t even know what they are for!

    1. know that feeling Pat! Sometimes you can find info online or…..sometime let me know and if I have one of them….I’ll do a tutorial!

  5. I have their 6.5″ template, that used 2.5″ strips. I loved using it and made a few quilts with it.. But it has been a few years since I have used it. Geesh now I just wantta go do that!! I have been a real pill lately with starting way more than I finish. I gotta stop that!

    1. LOL, I get that way too Vicki! Do what I did…….make a small project to get your new start fix!

    1. You sound just like me Daryl! I’m off to check out your post!

  6. This really excited me, because I just finished a quilt using the X block ruler. I wasn’t thrilled with the results – but I love yours. I used the ruler on a 9-patch block, but I like this version better using the strip set. Much less fussy! Thanks for the ideas!!

    1. Thanks Sara! Now I remember seeing blocks made using the X block template and a 9 patch block! Hope you try this, just measure the distance between the two seam lines – add your seam allowance and then cut the strips.

    1. LOL, I love picking up different coffee cups for my mug rugs! Thanks Wanda.