Block 2 – X

The Urban Sampler Quilt

Cutting Instructions

Unfinished block size: 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
There are 7 X blocks in this quilt.

These are the instruction for making one block.

Fabric A
1 (7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″) square
Fabric B
2 (2″ x 12 1/2″) strips

Sewing Machine Set-up

Every sewing machine is different and in order for me to get a scant 1/4″ seam allowance I need to move my needle one position to the right of center. Thread and fabric thickness also factor into producing a scant 1/4″ seam – so do a test. If you lose even a couple of thread widths with each seam you will end up short. I also use my 1/4″ patchwork foot with guide.

Press your block in half, open and press in half in the opposite direction. These creases will help you align your strips.
Cut your block once on the diagonal.


I pin my seam, it helps with my accuracy.

Press your strip in half and align this with the center mark on your triangle. Pin in place.


It’s really important to press your work as you go. I have found that my accuracy increases when the fabric is pressed well. You can never press too often!

Align the strip with the second triangle. Pin.
Cut on the opposite diagonal.
Finger press the middle of the strip at the cut edge, aligning the seams so that the crease is in the middle of the strip.
Align the second strip to one triangle.
Align the second triangle to the strip. Pin.
Press the outer corners in half on the diagonal to produce a crease in the corners. Align the seams so that the crease is straight and in the middle of the strip.
Align the diagonal line of your square-up rule to matched the pressed creases in the diagonally opposite corners. Check that the opposite diagonal axis matches the creases in the opposite corners. Make sure the 8 1/2″ mark falls within the block on all sides.
Trim top two sides.
Rotate block and trim the other two sides. Make sure you are on the 8 1/2″ marks.

Happy to answer your questions, leave a comment below and I will get right on it.

(Copyright Diana Vandeyar. For personal use only)

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