Friday, August 22, 2014

A Friday Finish!

I finished the X-plus quilt!


The recipient specified her love of bright colors, and the rest was up to me. I have been wanting to do a Japanese X-plus quilt ever since that design started showing up on Pinterest (such a great tool for concrete inspiration! here's my patchwork Pinterest board), so here is my first in that vein.

I was pleased that it was not necessary to have the same saturation degree for all of my colors, and still to have it "work". Perhaps it even worked better because--for instance--my orange was not a true orange, but a slightly less aggressive "carrot" (on sale for $3.48 at Connecting Threads). Perhaps the less intense colors make the quilt more live-able.

This quilt required row-by-row piecing of blocks to ensure the background block colors. The basic block has the "plus" in the middle, so, for instance the one gold-background block in the middle zone is actually the intersection of four block corners.

from Portland Modern Quilt Guild
It was long-arm quilted by my dear friend Judy Robey, of Waukee, who took time out from her busy sewing schedule for me. The back is an orange "Quilters Showcase" print I found at Jo-Ann's: in fact I had to go to two separate Jo-Ann's stores to have enough for the back--and I finished off both stores' bolts! Jo-Ann's prices have shot up for the "designer prints"--as high as $12.99 per yard!--but this line of nice modern calicos is always reasonably priced.


Can't wait to get back into the studio next week. My next project involves strip- and possibly crazy-piecing the mounds of scraps in my bins, like this maybe? 
Heartspun Quilts - Pam Buda
...then pairing the strips with large solid blocks. Meanwhile, I'll see if my friend Liz's long-arm is ready for use again, so I can finish up my Paducah 9-patch and send it off to my exceedingly patient cousin in Arizona.












9 comments:

  1. Wow! I love your x plus quilt! I just finished one this week too! Your fabric choices are really great!

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    1. Wow, it's interesting how similar our color choices were. I like how the criss-cross fades in and out of yours. Yours is much freer in style, almost like something seen underwater. Beautiful!!

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  2. Your X-plus quilt is amazing, beautiful colors, well done!!

    Visiting from TGIFF.

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    1. Congratulations on the finish of your man quilt! I love the pattern and may try it some day.

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  3. So beautiful! I think the differences in the saturation levels make the quilt more interesting, and more beautiful. Great job, and thanks for linking with TGIFF.

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    1. Thanks for hosting! The hex quilt is stunning.

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  4. Congratulations on this is gorgeous finish! You did good, you did REAL good! Is this your written diagram?

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    1. Not my written diagram, it's from the Portland Modern Quilt Guild. Stacey (comment above) did one that puts mine to shame, you should check it out! Also, Leanne (above) has a blog "devoted quilter" that includes Christian devotions, thought of you when I visited.

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