14 January 2013

Uncharacteristic behavior (part 1)

Oh my goodness, I'm making a quilt from a pattern!


My friend Brenda (of Just a Bit Frayed and Pink Castle Fabrics) got me going on a quilt-along via Instagram hashtag and Flickr group. It's an informal thing where anyone can join at any time.

The tutorial for these "x & + blocks"is over on Badskirt's blog.  I think Badskirt's tutorial makes an 8" block.  Brenda posted instructions for a 12" block in the flickr group.  I ended up going larger.

Why? I have been dying to use this yard of blue fabric from Lizzy House in a way that featured it and I saw an opportunity with this block.  A fabric pull (100% stash!) confirmed my suspicions.
Okay, I'm in! #xplusalong


I didn't want to cut the blue fabric too small, because I love the little drawings and wanted them to show up whole at least some the the time! So I put on my thinking cap and figured out how to make the block even bigger: 24"square.  Here's my little diagram:
To make a 24" X & + block
The way you piece the 5.5" square and 10.5" squares produces some waste, but I've been stitching the waste as I cut it away and hope to use it in some improv work later (they should trim down to 4.5" half-square triangles).

As you can see, the constellations fabric shows so many of the fabulous drawings:
First block


Added bonus: 12 blocks = a twin size quilt!

10 comments:

  1. Fantastic!
    I was looking at this hashtag yesterday thinking this block might suit me more than the scrapytripalong that I wanted to take part in but I have lots of stash, not scraps, and am worried the latter would waste my fabrics a bit... this block would feature them! Off to look at the flickr group. Look forward to seeing your come along.

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, sometimes fabrics want to be in big blocks!

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  2. wow! looks beautiful! I'm hoping to jump in on one of these 'alongs' soon!

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  3. Dang, that green print is so cool & the scale is HUGE!

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    1. I know! It's a favorite of mine for sure.

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  4. Fantastic! I was planning on going big with mine, and how nice you are to give me the measurements so that I don't have to figure it out for myself!

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  5. There are HEDGEHOGS in that sky!

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  6. fantastic - i love this block, too, and made a couple for a bee mate, but knew i'd never do a whole quilt of them in that scale - but 24"? you betcha. thx!

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