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Thread: This is How Easy an X-Blocks Quilt Is.....

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    This is How Easy an X-Blocks Quilt Is.....

    I posted photos the other day of a project I did using the X-Blocks rulers. (You can find that thread here http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...n-t188699.html)

    Several people had not heard of these rulers and wanted to know more about them. These are rulers and patterns designed by Patricia Pepe of Quilt Queen Designs. I took a quick photo of one of the techniques - you first sew a nine-patch block, then cut it using the ruler. (For other patterns, you would start with a strip set instead of the nine-patch.) Yes, it's similar to Twister, but I believe these rulers were around before the Twister ruler. And with X-Blocks the 'leftover' pieces are not wasted - they either get used in the border of the main project, or get sewn into another project like a table runner.

    There are probably 20 individual patterns plus 2 books of patterns that use these rulers. The rulers come in two sizes, 6-1/2" and 7-1/2". You can make most of the patterns in either size. There are also Mini rulers and BellyButton rulers in both sizes. These can be used alone to make small versions of the projects. Or the BellyButton can be used to make a small X-Block which is used as the center of the larger nine-patch block.

    The second photo shows how the BellyButton blocks fit into the larger blocks. Obviously I'm using fabric from 2 different projects in this photo, normally they would match and make a pretty design ;-)
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    I currently have a WIP out of the x-blocks. The top is mostly together but need to work on the borders. It is looking really pretty so far!


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    where can one order these rulers? I tried once, but could not find a site.......looks like fun.......always looking for something different.....

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    sent you a PM, Geri

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    Very interesting. Thanks!
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    This seems like a lot of money for a square ruler with some lines on it. I could not find a picture of one so I assume that is what it is. Someone please tell me why I would spend $18 (+ shipping??) for a square ruler. The video link was about Tutto bags, so I'm still wondering.....

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    I gotta catch up, have already bought rulers and tools that I haven't tried yet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wintersewer View Post
    This seems like a lot of money for a square ruler with some lines on it. I could not find a picture of one so I assume that is what it is. Someone please tell me why I would spend $18 (+ shipping??) for a square ruler. The video link was about Tutto bags, so I'm still wondering.....
    there is a thread where someone created a twister template using marking lines on a regular ruler template. it looks like you can do the same with this template. for those who like to buy new gadgets, i am sure they see no issues with the $18.00 cost. for those who do have issues with the cost come up with other ceative ideas. i am sure that is how this template was created, with a creative mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wintersewer View Post
    This seems like a lot of money for a square ruler with some lines on it. I could not find a picture of one so I assume that is what it is. Someone please tell me why I would spend $18 (+ shipping??) for a square ruler. The video link was about Tutto bags, so I'm still wondering.....
    Well most rulers are just rectangles or squares with lines on them, aren't they? Whenever you are purchasing something that comes from someone's imagination, you are not paying just for the cost of the raw materials. If that were so, most books, which are just a bunch of paper with some markings on them, would sell for about $3.00. Most music CDs, which are just a piece of round plastic type material would be less than $1.00 each.

    Someone had to come up with the whole concept of the X-Blocks projects, do all the math to make sure the pieces go together and form nice designs instead of a jumble of mismatched pieces, then take a financial risk in securing trademarks, patents, and having the product manufactured. All of that has value over and above the piece of acrylic that the ruler is made from.

    I'm concerned about the suggestion to make your own version of this ruler. I'm not an attorney, and I don't want to get into a debate about patent law, but the rulers are patented. According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office:

    A patent is an intellectual property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States” for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.
    Notice that it says "making" and "using" along with offering for sale. So even if you aren't going to go sell these, by making your own, you are using this person's intellectual property without compensating her (purchasing her product). Think about how you would feel if you went to work everyday for a month or so, and then your boss told you you weren't going to get paid because someone else didn't think what you did had value.

    Not everyone will feel the need to or be able to afford to buy gadgets like this, and that's fine. We all have different likes and dislikes and styles of quilting. And that's what's wonderful about this addiction of ours.

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    one can certainly draw any lines they want on their own rulers and there is no law, patent or ortherwise, against that. and for clarity sake i can call my "new" marked up rulers the m block or the k block or even a havplenty block ruler and there is no law against that. what you cannot do is market and sell someone else idea as your own.
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    AndiR, love the quilt. What a fun idea. I just visited your website and blog and know I'll be back. Great stuff there and what a breath of fresh air! I love all the rulers I have and what each one can do for me. It looks like the Xblock ruler will join my collection. Thanks for the fun.
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    I purchased a square ruler with X lines on it several years ago at the Quilt Festival in Houston that had "Sharon's" on it. I did not purchase the book, only the square, and thought I can remember how to do this from watching a demo. But....there was so much info there that it was overwhelming, and I didn't remember how to use it. So, which came first? I think it was "Sharon's" ruler. I googled and never did find info. on it.

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    Amen, AndiR

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda Lee View Post
    AndiR, love the quilt. What a fun idea. I just visited your website and blog and know I'll be back. Great stuff there and what a breath of fresh air! I love all the rulers I have and what each one can do for me. It looks like the Xblock ruler will join my collection. Thanks for the fun.
    Thanks, Rhonda Lee, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. I too love all my different rulers and the wide variety of jobs they can help me do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathyPhillips View Post
    I purchased a square ruler with X lines on it several years ago at the Quilt Festival in Houston that had "Sharon's" on it. I did not purchase the book, only the square, and thought I can remember how to do this from watching a demo. But....there was so much info there that it was overwhelming, and I didn't remember how to use it. So, which came first? I think it was "Sharon's" ruler. I googled and never did find info. on it.
    Kathy, Sharon Hultgren has a series of rulers. The Easy Rule has lines marked on it in an X shape, but I believe they are more for squaring up blocks, not doing the X-Blocks type patterns. Maybe there's another one I'm not aware of?

    X-Blocks is not a new technique, I think it's been around since 2007 or so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndiR View Post
    Thanks, Rhonda Lee, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. I too love all my different rulers and the wide variety of jobs they can help me do.
    I buy rulers & all sorts of gadgets all the time. I like having the right tool for the job. But that's just me. And BTW... I've had my X ruler for several years but just bought my Twister this year so I think X came first. But I could just be waaaaaay behind the times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndiR View Post
    Kathy, Sharon Hultgren has a series of rulers. The Easy Rule has lines marked on it in an X shape, but I believe they are more for squaring up blocks, not doing the X-Blocks type patterns. Maybe there's another one I'm not aware of?

    X-Blocks is not a new technique, I think it's been around since 2007 or so?
    I have an Easy Ruler, too (see? I buy all the toys that come along) but I don't know how you'd use it like an X or a Twister ruler. Speaking of Twisters, I saw a "knock off" small one at Hancock's last weekend. I can't remember what it was called exactly or who made it (it was a name brand company, that much I do remember) & was cheaper than the Twister but it only came in the small size.
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    This is really neat - I just placed my order. Thanks AndiR!
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    still can't figure out the difference........what is a mini, button, regular at 7 1/2" or 6 1/2" and how does one use each of differently, or can say the mini do the same as the regular???????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    still can't figure out the difference........what is a mini, button, regular at 7 1/2" or 6 1/2" and how does one use each of differently, or can say the mini do the same as the regular???????
    Geri, did you get the PM I sent you yesterday? I have a link there for you that will explain these in more detail. Here is an excerpt of what I've written there:

    The Large X-Blocks ruler comes in two sizes: 6-1/2″ and 7-1/2″. The only difference is you will start with different size strips or squares, and the finished projects come out different sizes. For instance, if you were to make the Triple Play quilt using the 6-1/2″ ruler, the quilt would finish at 40″ x 40″. Using the 7-1/2″ ruler it would be 45″ x 45″. You would only need one of these rulers to make any of the quilts in the first book, as well as most of the individual patterns.

    The Mini X-Blocks rulers can be used on their own to make smaller versions of most of the projects – the Triple Play quilt would end up about 24″ x 24″. The blocks they make finish at one-fourth the size of the large ruler, so you could combine Mini 6-1/2″ blocks with Large 6-1/2″ blocks in the same project (or Mini 7-1/2″ with Large 7-1/2″).

    The BellyButton rulers are sized to fit the center of the nine-patch made for the Large X-Blocks ruler. There are just a few patterns that require the use of the BellyButton (like the Thornton pattern), but it gives a whole different look to the quilt. The BellyButtons can also be used on their own, just like the Minis, to create smaller versions of the projects.
    So basically, you can do almost all of the patterns using any of the rulers - the finished products will just turn out different sizes. If you like small or miniature projects, choose a Mini or BellyButton in either size. If you like lap/bed size projects, choose the Large ruler in either size. It's only when you are getting into some of the more complicated quilts that you have to be more specific about which rulers you have.

    Hope this helps!

    Andi

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflies5518 View Post
    This is really neat - I just placed my order. Thanks AndiR!
    Thank you, butterflies!

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    thats a realy neat pattern

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