Sunday, September 18, 2011

XXX...

We use X's to denote kisses.  I sign emails to those I love with x's.

This "XXX..." panel is on the back of the Sunshine Quilt I made for my son.
 Here's a skinny one.
Here's one with a very thick strip, and a very thin one.

What can be easier than an "X"?  A diagonal cut apart and another strip inserted?  But these X's left me a bit unsettled. There was something about all of them that bugged me.

I have delved deep into the letter "X." I believe I have found a way to make a slightly more elegant looking "X". Here is how I make my "X"s now. I think they look more pleasing, somehow.

I use this Tri-Recs tool to slice a wide strip of background fabric at an angle.
Insert a strip of your letter fabric. This piece is about 2" wide, but I'll trim it down.
Here I've trimmed the Red down a bit, and have lined up the other  background piece to see if I like the thickness I've cut.  I also want to line up the two background pieces.
Here I've lined up the Tri-recs tool to show you how I've sliced my big strip at an angle.
 
Sew a wide strip to one of the background pieces, and then add the other background strip, taking care to keep the two long seams parallel and making sure the crosspiece "connects" to its mate on the other side.
Set your ruler over the top of the letter to determine its height.  Remember you'll lose a quarter inch at the top and bottom for the seam allowance.
Voila!

3 comments:

Clare said...

Good one!

Michele Bilyeu said...

I use xxx's for hugs and o's for kisses...that's how they've always looked to me....crossed arms hugging and pursed mouth. Anybody out there like me?... or am I just plain confused...as usual ;) In any case, your alphabet tutorials have all been amazing and you are doing such a wonderful service to the Internet world! I love coming here and seeing you all wrapped up in fun!

Lynda said...

The only tricky bit is lining up the parts of the first diagonal. Not as easy as you make it look, with sloping seams!