Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Getting Back To The X Plus!

Hi, everyone!  Let's get back to that first X Plus quilt!  I've been busy - so let me do a quick summary!

Once I got the top pieced, I chose the quilting thread:


I know. It's not a King Tut. Remember - I'm trying to use what I have on hand. Sadly, the King Tut thread I thought I was going to use was way too "lime" to be a good fit. This is Aurifil and is a very nice thread, also. The only hitch to it is that the spool is taller than either of my spindles; to keep it from flying around (especially while winding a bobbin) I used my adapter:


Yes, a plastic straw. Hey, it works! And I would normally put a cross-wound spool on the horizontal spindle, but again -- it's too long. I've since purchased an adapter for cones and other spools and will blog about that soon. I'm excited about it, as it opens up a whole new realm of threads.

ANYWAY ... I pieced the back of the quilt:


... and after a day or two of procrastinating, I spray basted it:


That has to be my least favorite part of the process, in case anyone was wondering. I also added small safety pins along the outside edges, as added insurance.

On to the quilting!

I had a great plan for some really cool straight line quilting. I hated it - and ripped it all out. That was Plan A. I also ripped out Plans B, C, and D. Probably E, too.


Eventually, I let myself go free-style and was much happier!


So was Maggie. I'll show you details later. On to the binding!


I pieced it from scraps, of course.


Because I do that, I try to lay it out on the quilt before I sew it, to avoid having a thick seam fall right on a corner.


That's as close as I like to get. And usually I connect the strips at an angle, but that section was already pieced together like that. I think it was part of the back.

The front of the binding is on now:


I'm almost done with the hand work on the String Quilt - then I'll start the process on this one!

Thanks for reading!


  1. I love that one! The greens are so pretty together.

  2. I feel as though I say the same thing every time I comment. Your quilts are gorgeous, each one is so unique and I think that's my favorite then you work on another one and I fall for it! Your design and colors are just superb. Thank you for sharing and I also thank you for sharing your two awesome dogs!:-)

    Take care,
    Lucy (Troy, Ohio)

  3. Your adapter is so clever and your work is always so beautiful!


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