Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Back To The X&+ Scene

Hi everyone!  I mentioned last month that my friend Denise and I were going to work on a scrap quilt together -- the X Plus/X&+/whatever block.  I'm happy that a few other friends have joined in!  Since I jumped the gun before Christmas, I wanted to try it again, using different fabrics.

I chose to work in a line I'd purchased YEARS ago - I made a quilt for a friend with some of it, made a quilt for us with some of it, made some pillows, and ... I had always planned to make something for our dining room table, too.  Now was the time!

Here's the first block:


Egads, I love that fabric! In keeping with the "scrap" theme, I wanted all of my blocks to be different. It's a good thing, as I didn't have enough of anything to make them all the same anyway. Here is the lineup of blocks I came up with:


I'm not sure if the greens get lost. Do they? Or is it because I don't see greens well? (I am color-blind.). They "go", but seem ... blah. The runner needed something else.

As I made the flippy squares for the "X" part of the block, I also marked 1/2" away. I sewed on both lines, then cut down the center, so I'd have lots of half-square triangles (HSTs) to play around with:


I started to see what I could do with them. I really liked this layout ...


... but not for this project. (I'm also saving the HSTs from the current phone book quilt, the Kansas Dugout one!  This is a definite possibility for them!)

I came up with another idea for a bit of a border; you can see a bit of it here:


The only problem I hit making this is wow. I generated more scraps.


How does that happen?!!? Oh, well. They're going into the Kansas Dugout quilt with several thousands of their friends.

I've got the binding all set:


I've also got it all basted and chose my quilting thread:


Fear not! I have another spool. It's King Tut, Sands of Time - variegated beiges. Oh, so pleasing!  I am having a hard time deciding how I want to quilt this, so it's temporarily on hold.

I'll show you how the KS Dugout is coming soon. I'm also still sewing the binding on the Frenzy Quilt.  I'll get there!

Thank you so much for reading!


  1. You sure have been busy and it all looks great. As to your question about the greens. They definitely do not stand out as well as the blue and red but the block pattern is still very visible. It's funny how you think you are using up scraps but you also keep generating more. Will you ever finish them up? LOL!

  2. I don't know how you keep all those fabric pieces straight. Of course I'm the one in home economics who sewed the sleeve on a shirt backwards four times before finally leaving it wrong!

  3. I am totally in love with your fabrics, Miss Karen!


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