Friday, February 5, 2016

One Block Wonders February Block Xs and Os

Xs and Os

I hope everyone is enjoying the BOM...sure would love to hear more feed back...dare I say, even if it is constructive criticism!! Just want to make sure I am on track and not missing anything in the instructions or visuals! 

Well here's to another great month....all about love this time (being as it's Valentine's in 9 days)! So let's start sharing some love right now....January's Winner.....of 

$30.00 Gift Certificate is....


You all have seen the sneak peak of the Hugs version this month's block, in Mon Ami, 
donated by Rita from 

and her year long discount code
Saves you 20%

who is also Sponsoring a $40.00 Gift Certificate for a lucky participant in February.

was the lucky winner of the FQ Bundle to be able to make her own mini of this month's block, if she chooses!!

is Joining in the fun too!! If you haven't checked them out you should....such great custom tags, etc, in them.
They are donating 20 Custom engraved Maple tags to a lucky sewer this month....
as well as a discount code
saves you 5% off your order Feb 1-28, 2016

I'm also excited to share

RJR Fabrics 

is donating a FQ Bundle 

of their new line Bugsy to one lucky participant!!

If all this doesn't encourage you to get sewing.....

Here is the tutorial and alternate version of this months block.......

Xs and Os 

Find the written pattern Here, in my Craftsy Pattern Shop
The pattern is free for the month of February.
Bugsy by RJR Fabrics

1/4" seam allowance
Press seams open....but I'm not there watching, whatever your preference is, but I think open is going to work the best... ;) *see below comment

Basically this is a nine patch, once some prep work is done!

Step 1: 

You will be sewing on the line for the smaller background squares and 1/4" on either side of the line for the larger squares.

Step 2:
Place your 2 large squares right sides together and stitch a 1/4" on either side of the diagonal line you drew or like me on the two lines you have made with your ruler.

Cut the block diagonally from corner to corner down the centre of your two sewing lines.

and trim one of the blocks to size. The other block is extra!!
(I keep a bin and I'm collecting all my extras....someday it will become a lovely scrappy quilt)

I love using the 1/2 square triangle Trimming ruler for this!!

Step 3:
Place a background square on a corner of your Fabric 3 right sides together, lining up the raw edges, and stitch along the line. Then sew the second square on the opposite diagonal corner. (chain piecing these makes it go quicker) Repeat this process with the Fabric 4 squares too.

Trim a 1/4" seam allowance and press the background square open. Trim your blocks. Do check, sometimes things get off and a few "off" blocks can make a difference.

When all is right with he world no trimming is necessary.....

 When all is not right with my sewing world I need to trim.... 
 My world is right about 50% of the time, lol

 Prep work is over and now on to the fun part of constructing your block!!

Follow your colouring sheet for block placement (colouring sheets are available in our FaceBook Group)

Now you will have noticed here that I did not press my seams open, good for you for catching that!! All was well with this plan until I started sewing the blocks together and started getting double bulk because my seams were going the same way. *So do as I say not as I did.....I will be pressing the rest of mine all open!! lol

Mini with 4 blocks connected:

Hugs Version:

Just rotate the corner blocks...all other steps remain the same.


How fantastic does this mini  look in the Mon Ami line from Moda....

Bugsy by RJR Fabrics,  I'm loving this combination

 a Mini with Bugsy

I want to thank RJR for allowing me the wonderful opportunity 

to be a fabric ambassador* from time to time 

and so glad I had a chance to work with the new Bugsy line .....seriously adorable....

in stores in February!!

*Being a fabric ambassador : Sometimes I am sent fabric which I get to make pretty things with  and blog about it. Sometimes there is even an extra bundle for a give away....I am not told what to make or what to say....(my words are always my own......)


  1. Congrats Julie and Shauna, and again, Sandy, so many thanks for the new pattern, and all the hours you put into this. Did I see the Instagram link with a huge new machine? Well done, I can see some fabulous exciting quilting coming very soon. Congrats to you as well.

  2. Hi Sandy
    When I downloaded the pattern via craftsy, it indicates that there are 3 pages, but when I look at the PDF there are only 2 pages. Makes me a little confused (easy today, I must admit!)

  3. Wow, Sandy once again you designer a fabulous block and love your setting.

    Congrats to the winners and thanks you for the fun.I`m enjoying with any of you blocks.

  4. I'm working on an X's and O's quilt! Such fun!

  5. Love this. Can't wait to get started.

  6. Got 4 blocks done in a Valentine's theme and am very pleased. As soon as I can figure out how to get the photos off my smart phone (never had one before) and post it on the FB page, you will see it. Thanks for the fun pattern.

  7. Wow, opposites are really classy, thanks for sharing the pattern. Kathy in Colo repzjratplainsdotnet


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