Sunday, 21 June 2015

X and + = fabric fun!

Last Wednesday I had the urge to start cutting up fabric. I had wanted to make a quilt of X and + blocks for years. But other than make the odd one for other projects I'd always relegate starting this quilt to the back of the list. I think what motivated me was when I'd heard from Jo the day before I'd won her give away. With more fabric coming in I really need to get back to using up some of my stash.

The fabric in the picture below is not scraps. The smallest must be about fat 8th, but most are much much larger. Fat Quarter or bigger. So thanks again to Jo for a generous give away because you'll spot a book in there too! Jo contributed projects to this fun book.


Lovely winnings from Jo Bearpaw

I decided to approach the X and + quilt slightly differently to my normal way of working and decided to cut a few blocks ready to sew. It was easy to keep the block pieces together with wonderclips. Then I thought: I have 20 wonderclips why don't I cut twenty blocks worth and then start sewing. 

X&+ Blocks

The cutting took so much longer than I'd expected. Which might be why people abandon these projects or don't start them in the first place!

However, Saturday I started sewing. I shouldn't have done this whilst hungry as the first block had the unpicker taken to it so many times I had to put it down and step back. I mean I'd got everything to line up a treat after a few unpickings and then noticed there was no X shape thanks to one of the pieces being inverted. Grrrrrrrr.

I pretty much decided that my earlier plan to go bed sized would 1) probably kill me (death by unpicker anyone?!) and 2) as these blocks are far from perfect I'd be too embarrassed to send these out to the likes of Trudi for quilting and the plan has been for some time to make a bed sized quilt and get someone else do the bit I don't like and would struggle with on a big quilt - quilting!

After I'd eaten things worked out a lot better. Although lining up the crosses on some blocks has not proved easy. I think some of the bias cut blocks have a little extra stretch in them so that's caused a few problems. 


X&Plus blocks


Still nine blocks soon became sixteen and I decided I'd sew them all together. I added another row this morning and made a couple more blocks and started cutting more fabric for other future blocks.

X&Plus Blocks

I am loving the scrappy colourfulness of this. I am not being precious about fabrics. In fact I'm using up hoarded treasures I've had in swaps and scrap rolls. Like the last little bit of some original green Flea Market Fancy and some Mendocino.  There are other bits of fabric that I'd kept but had no idea what I'd ever use them for as they were perhaps long strips or funny shapes. If nothing else this project is a great scrap buster.

Now I have to work out how many of these I need to make to get a decent sized quilt. I'm not ruling out adding a sashing border.



10 comments:

  1. go for it, go for bed sized, it would look brilliant

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  2. It looks awesome! Bigger is always better :)

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  3. It's amaaaaazing!!! One of my favourite makes is a giant cushion of x and + blocks I made with scraps from you!! So I know how addictive they are. And you're a quarter of the way to a 60in top or a ninth of the way to a whopping 90in beast!! Keep goooooooing!

    (if they're finishing at 7.5in square then an 11 by 11 grid would give an 82.5in square quilt - generous double bed size. I quilted an 83in quilt with a spiral and it was totally doable!)

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  4. It's amaaaaazing!!! One of my favourite makes is a giant cushion of x and + blocks I made with scraps from you!! So I know how addictive they are. And you're a quarter of the way to a 60in top or a ninth of the way to a whopping 90in beast!! Keep goooooooing!

    (if they're finishing at 7.5in square then an 11 by 11 grid would give an 82.5in square quilt - generous double bed size. I quilted an 83in quilt with a spiral and it was totally doable!)

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  5. Wow!! I love the scrappy look too. Good luck with it all. My least favourite parts are the cutting and the quilting!

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  6. Oh wow, keep going because this is looking fantastic, and what a great way to use up those scraps :-)

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  7. They look wonderful! I agree with Lynz and Sarah: go big!

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  8. This is looking wonderful... I love it! All that scrappy variety is so colourful! It's a quilt that's been on my "to do" list for so long now too!

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