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Thread: Patricia Pepe's X-block

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    I have seen the video where Patricia Pepe shows quilts made with her X block template/ruler and they are GORGEOUS! I wondered if anyone had any experience with this method, if the book and templates are worth the money and is it easy to learn and use? It seems so many famous quilters promote their templates/rulers that one need be cautious or the entire sewing studio will be full of rulers and templates and no room or money left for fabrics--HEAVEN FORBID!!!
    I just wanted input from quilters who have used her x block method and your opinion. Thanks Sue

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    I've heard nothing but good things about the X blocks from quilt shop owners, but haven't tried it. Really curious about it though! :)

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    :oops: I have bought it , but haven't tried it yet . It really makes nice quilts , though. I saw it demo'd in the store

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    There is a nice demo at quilterstv.com. I think it is video number 19 when you browse.

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    hey Sharon, do you know what the difference is between the x block and the mini block even though the are the same same finish size?

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    The regular X blocks finish up to either 6 1/2 or 7 1/2 with one cut.. the minis you put 4 together to get to the finished size.

    Here this explains it :

    http://www.patriciapepe.com/X-Blocks.html

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    thanks, you know, I read that whole site and didn't get that. Duh, me. Maybe the book will help.

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    The book looks great.. I have a bunch of the seperate patterns :thumbup: Bought them on sale at different shops :lol: Have you tried any yet ?

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    The x bloks idea looks good, and I was intrigued, then I looked at the 'Ooops' page, and was less than impressed with all the amendments to various patterns.

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    yeah, I saw that too. I think I can use the tool without the book, after watching the demo.

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    I couldn't get the video link to play the section on the X-block, but couldn't you do the same thing with a regular ruler but just paying attention to the measurements? Like an earlier poster, I don't want to purchase a lot of rulers that can only be used with one type of pattern.

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    probably so, but I don't mind paying 10 bucks or so for a ruler that makes cutting a no brainer, and it looks like you can change up the design quite a bit.

    ps- it took me two tries to get the video to play, and you have to click on the picture to start it.

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    I own the book and the ruler...they are quick easy quilts...very easy to use and I think worth the money...I don't own alot of rulers....I don't buy all of the new ones that come out...but I did buy this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    :oops: I have bought it , but haven't tried it yet . It really makes nice quilts , though. I saw it demo'd in the store
    Same here!!!

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    Just look on the front page at the bottom, if it says REV1 - September 2009 Reprint" it has been revised (first revision) as of September 2009. The errata has been corrected in the reprinted editions. I checked, thanks to your comment!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    The x bloks idea looks good, and I was intrigued, then I looked at the 'Ooops' page, and was less than impressed with all the amendments to various patterns.

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    I admit I'm biased but I LOVE the X-blocks. I never get tired of making them. I suggest picking up whatever size tool you want, following the directions she gives in the packaging, and create your own designs. But watch out - you make one and you're hooked. Patricia Pepe -- the designer --is a genius! Disclaimer: she's also my friend :)

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    I enjoyed her demo. She seems like a real nice and clever lady. I went ahead and made a purchase.

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    http://www.patriciapepe.com/
    I was just watching the videos....I am going to get one...one of her patterns is just for scrap materials and its beautiful and so easy!!!

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    Did you make a quilt from the x block? Picture?
    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    I enjoyed her demo. She seems like a real nice and clever lady. I went ahead and made a purchase.

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    I've made one of her quilts. If I can figure out how to post a picture I'll try to put it up. The pattern was very easy and there is no waste. The parts that are cut off the squares are used for the borders.

    Pat

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    I bought the X Block and I am picking up my book from the post office this afternoon.

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    This is a quilt I made with the 6 1/2 inch ruler. The border is made from the leftovers when the squares are cut. Very easy to make, but I think, very dramatic

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    Here's a picture of my "in progress" quilt made from the 6 1/2 X-block ruler. There is quite a variety of ways to lay out your blocks.
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    Patricia Pepi is a friend of mine and she will be in Houston again this year with her blocks and books. She and her partner have a great demo they do every hour. I have all her xblocks and her book. She is wonderful to learn from. So if you get to Houston, Loo up her booth. They are so easy to do and look great. We met last year and stayed at the Magnolia two rooms apart and had wine and dinnr together. She is so sweet. Have kept in touch becasue of Project Linus. Hope you get to see her work.

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    I love how you can make so many quilt blocks from her template. My friend loves it...I am ordering one next week.

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