Xando finish

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xando paper pieced pattern, x and o paper pieced pattern, for the love of geese

Xando is finished, one of them. The pattern calls for 16 blocks instead of the 9 shown.  With 19 finished blocks and a last minute baby announcement I compromised.  Using 2 of my test blocks I finished 2 tops. The one shown will be my gift to one of my customers.

The good thing about splitting up my blocks is after quilting this one I can make any adjustment on the quilt I keep. Quilting the X blocks were a no brainer. For the O blocks I will need to do some pondering before I quilt the next one.

If I make this quilt again there will be some color changes. While I love this in blue I’m not particularly happy with color placement. The darkest and lightest blue’s need to be swapped in the X blocks to define the X.

Overall I am happy with the quilt and the pattern. One of my testers in nearing completion with no issues in the pattern. The planned release date is Dec 20. Provided the testers find no errors.

Would you like to win a free Xando pattern?

When the pattern is released in December I will be giving away at least 2 pdf patterns.  Put your thinking caps on and come up with your best quilting tips.

Some of you know I am a newbie longarmer.  A few months ago I posted Info wanted:Hand guided long arm quilting.

I’d like to expand this post for myself and to share with others who are still learning the in’s and outs of quilting.  So I will be asking you to share your tried and true quilting tools and tips around December 20th.


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WIP,  WOW,  Midweek Makers, Needle and thread Thursday, 

Wednesday Wait Loss

Off the wall Friday,  Whoop whoop,  Friday finishes


Bye for now


  1. I agree that having the light and dark blue trade places would be great but I love this placement too. It’s just such a great pattern. It would be fun to see in other colors. As for quilting…I am so excited, I just purchased a Bernina Q20, which can be set up as a long arm machine or a table quilting machine. I am going to use the table first. I will be looking for quilting tips for sure.

    1. Thank you for stopping by. Next money I am giving away 2 free patterns for Xando. All you have to do is post a tried and true quilting tip to enter. After, I will add new items to my current list to be viewed by all. Congrats on the new machine,

    1. It does, I hadn’t noticed that. I’m currently trying to make up my mind if I want to make another so I will have a full quilt. Undecided.

  2. Lovely quilt! Congratulations on the pattern release to come. Your compromise creates a nice tic-tac-toe! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  3. Eye catching! I’m in love with the X blocks! The colors are beautiful as is and I can only imagine what they will be like if you change up the colors and placement!

    1. Thank you Jayne. I’m playing around with the colors to see if I can get my desired effect before the pattern release.

  4. Hi Denise,

    Thanks for your comment on my blog, and for linking with Design Wall Mondays. The placement of color in your X block would make it stand out more – I agree. I really like the thumbnail quilt picture next to your name when you reply to someone. That block has a lot of contrast. Maybe a dark and a medium instead of a dark and light? I admire your bravery in designing your own blocks. They are beautiful!


    1. My thumbnail is the O block and I am really happy with the color on it. Having the lighter blue follow the dark works well. But the X block, I’ll know better if there is a next time. Thank you for your honest feedback and compliment. More importantly, thank you for the linky party every week. Now get back to work on that Dear Jane, I’m anxious to see the finished top.

  5. Your quilt blocks are stunning as usual. I wish I could help you out with your long arming, but as you know I am not there yet. Maybe one day in the future you’ll be advising me.

    1. You could also share a favorite quilting tool. You have plenty of time to think on it. Thank you Cherie.

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