Tutorial Reboot — The Oversized X’s & O’s Quilt

Tutorial Reboot — The Oversized X’s & O’s Quilt

When it comes to quilting, we like to think that Jenny Doan is the go-to guru for quick and easy quilting with precuts! Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all the amazing inspiration that comes from her tutorials each week, which is why we’ve brought you the Tutorial Reboot series on the first Monday of every month, so we can revisit some of our favorite tutorials from the past!

This month we’re taking a new look at the X’s and O’s Quilt. This is a tutorial that was first released five years ago, but it is a simple block that serves as a beautiful foundation for some of our favorite quilt patterns.

Make an Oversized X's and O's Quilt with Shannon Cuddle!

Here’s a list of everything you need to make this version of the X’s and O’s quilt.

There’s no fabric cozier and more forgiving than Shannon Cuddle fabric and since we’re getting into the season of holiday gift-giving, I thought it would be the perfect choice for this oversized X’s and O’s pattern. All you need to do is follow Jenny’s original tutorial, but instead of using 5″ squares and 2.5″ square snowballs, use 10″ squares with 5″ squares to snowball the corners. Since Cuddle isn’t as stiff as quilting cotton, the larger squares will be easier to handle.

You can find some excellent tips on working with Shannon Cuddle HERE. The walking foot is extremely helpful with this project and make sure to lengthen your stitch to 3-3.5mm. The finished size of this quilt is approximately 54×54 inches (I used a .5″ seam allowance). I chose to leave out the black pieces in the precut set, since I had 40 squares and only needed 36 to create the quilt top.

I decided to have this quilt machine quilted using Missouri Star’s Machine Quilting Services and I am so glad that I did! I just love how it turned out (I chose a Simple Stipple quilting pattern)! If you want to add a little bit of extra weight to the quilt, you can use batting, but you actually don’t have to use batting when you’re working Cuddle.

Make an Oversized X's and O's Quilt with Shannon Cuddle!

When it comes to binding with Cuddle, you may not know that Jenny has a tutorial that tells you everything you need to know!

Instead of the typical 2.5″ strips for binding, you only need your strips to be 1.75″ – 2″ when you’re working with Cuddle! (Side note: I LOVE using Wonder Clips when I’m doing binding! They’re so much easier to handle than pins)

Make an Oversized X's and O's Quilt with Shannon Cuddle!

I used the serpentine stitch for my binding, just as Jenny recommends in the tutorial. Cuddle fabric really is very forgiving, so you can’t even tell what color the thread is. It just creates a fun finished edge!

Make an Oversized X's and O's Quilt with Shannon Cuddle!

The result is an extremely cozy Cuddle quilt, which is a perfect gift for the holidays! I love the colors in this particular precut because they’re just perfect for the men in your life!

Make an Oversized X's and O's Quilt with Shannon Cuddle!

Whether you use Cuddle or your favorite quilting cotton prints, I hope you’ll give this Oversized X’s and O’s Quilt pattern a try! It comes together so quickly and the result is just beautiful!

Happy quilting!

“Cuddle” Up This Fall with Shannon Cuddle + Giveaway!

“Cuddle” Up This Fall with Shannon Cuddle + Giveaway!

Don’t you just love Fall weather? You get to cuddle up in quilts, wear scarves and sweaters to stay cozy, but it’s not freezing cold like Winter! One of our favorite things to cuddle up in this time of year at Missouri Star Quilt Co. is Shannon Cuddle. It’s some of the softest, cuddliest, plushest stuff you’ll ever touch (it’s like wrapping up in a cloud of goodness)!

Over the years Jenny has used Cuddle for a number of projects, and she always uses it as the backing for her grandchildren’s quilts because they love it so much. Check out some of her projects below that would be great to make this Fall!

It doesn’t get much softer than this Cuddly Pillow Quilt! To make the same size quilt as Jenny, you’ll need 8 Shannon Cuddle Charm Packs and there are some darling ones to choose from! Wouldn’t a smaller version of this make a darling seat/floor cushion as well? So many ideas!

Shannon Cuddle Charm Packs at Missouri Star Quilt Co!

Aren’t these hues so cute? Shop all Shannon Fabrics Cuddle Precuts HERE.

Minky Infinity Scarf Kits at Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Let me assure you that Cuddle is not just for kids! If you’re a fan of scarves, you’ll love these cozy Shannon Cuddle Scarf Kits! They make quick and easy gifts that everyone is sure to love! Jenny even has a tutorial walking you through how to make this simple project. Watch it HERE. These scarves come in several cute colors and prints. Browse them all HERE.

Easy Projects Using Cuddle Cloth at Missouri Star Quilt Co!

Need a quick, easy and cuddly baby blanket (or increase the size and make one for yourself!)? This simple method will have you in awe. Click HERE to watch how easy it is and to snag up some of that darling Cuddle that Jenny used!

If you’re looking for a beautiful, cuddly quilt project yourself, then look no further! Shannon Cuddle Quilt Kits are so cozy and come in some beautiful designs for adults! The Bella Vita kit is one of our favorites, so we’re giving one away along with a few scarf kits!

Cuddle Quilt Kit Giveaway and Tons of Projects!

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What projects will you make to cuddle up in this Fall? Leave a comment and let us know!

It’s Cold Outside…so check out our Cuddle, Minkee and Flannel Fabrics!

It’s Cold Outside…so check out our Cuddle, Minkee and Flannel Fabrics!

Did you know Winter doesn’t officially start until December 21? To me, that means it shouldn’t snow until then, but we all know that doesn’t happen. Unless you live in one of those places where it really never snows. But for the rest of us, why not get some cozy fabrics?

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We also have these quick and easy Minky/Cuddle scarf kits. They would make a cheap, fun, easy Christmas gift!

Click here to see all of our Minky/Cuddle fabric and click here to see our flannels!

 

We have the BEST customers!

We have the BEST customers!

We get lots of emails form our wonderful customers asking questions and showing off projects!  We are so proud of each of them and we just LOVE hearing from you all.  So I thought I would start posting and showing you all the fun quilts that I get stories about and pictures of!

Here is one from Bunny.  Her email is as follows:

Sarah and your great staff:  I’m finally finished with the Minkee Coin Quilt!  Wasn’t sure I could do it but, Hurrah!  Thanks for the great pattern from Dawn on your site, the wonderful Minkee squares, and the perfect charm packs  to make it possible.

This quilt is for Keri Ann born on Sept. 1st and she is my best friend – Carol’s first grandchild.  Carol still has the baby quilt I made for her son J.B. 35 years ago, and he is the Daddy of this new little girl.  I’m very pleased.  Thanks you for all your help.

Bunny

Isn’t that just the sweetest thing?  We are so fortunate to have such wonderful customers that enjoy  the love of quilting.  We just love to hear these sweet stories that you share!

Thanks Bunny for allowing me to post this!

If you are interested in the pattern you can find it here.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Sarah