Friday, November 1, 2013

My number is up!

It is my month to be Queen Bee of the Scrap-Bee-Licious quilting bee and I knew pretty much from the start that I wanted to to the X and + block, aka X Plus block.  I was inspired by this beautiful AMH X Plus quilt made by Holly of Bijou Lovely.  Since we've been in major move mode (which I talked about here) for the past month, I didn't have too much extra time to put towards dreaming about all the potential color schemes that I could request.  I did, however, have the chance to look through all my fabric as I carefully and sadly packed it away to be shipped across the waters and found an inspiration piece.

Voila!


Liberty of London, Bloomsbury Collection, Copeland, Magenta Teal

So, my idea for the X Plus block is to use a dark gray-ish neutral print (see the left 3 prints below) for the Plus edges and to use a cream-ish neutral print (see the right 3 fabrics below) for the background of the X's.


Then I pulled fabrics from my stash to coordinate with the other colors in this print.


To make this block, I used the tutorial from Badskirt's blog, which can be found here, but to get a 12.5 in. unfinished block, I used the dimensions provided here and also here.  

This is the block that I came up with...


I don't love this color combination by itself, but I didn't have time to make another one.  I think it will look better once it joins its brother and sister blocks that my bee mates will be sending me.  I can't wait to see the blocks everyone comes up with!




4 comments:

  1. That is one of my favorite-ever prints too! Just yesterday I was looking at some online and dreaming of a dress. I know I can do this assignment. :) Thanks, Alyce!

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  2. Working on a X & + quilt right now that my wonderful bee mates helped with. My colors are "Alabama Red", Grey, White, and Black. It is a "non tacky version" of an Alabama quilt!

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  3. Love the color scheme for these ♥♥ Great inspiration print! I don't have any dark gray prints like these, but I have some dark gray solid - are you set on prints? I'm sure I can handle another excuse for a fabric shopping trip if you are!

    I recall quite early on in my quilting days (hahaha probably February or March of this year), the x plus block becoming very popular and I felt sort of bored by it - now I'm excited to be making a couple! I don't know if I'd want a whole x plus quilt, but I love sampling different blocks and making new things ♥ I'm sad I won't be able to start these until later this month, augh!

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  4. I am so excited you chose this block. I love it! Your color choices are fabulous - right in my own color comfort zone. This might push me to actually make enough blocks for a quilt of my own.

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