This quilt was begun a few years ago. I made 9 blocks and then it went into the bin of UFOs. I brought it back out this spring to show my friends the blocks and they were instantly excited about the project. I resolved it was time to get back to it.
It was fun selecting fabrics. I laid them out together and tried to decide whether I liked a grouping or not. It was so cool to finish a block and see how the prints and colors worked together. The fabrics I had guarded jealously in my stash were raided. If I loved it, I should try to fit it into this quilt.
Man, it was hard to piece this precisely. I got better at it but I felt like I must be missing some trick for accurately piecing the X pieces of the block. I had to toss a few of the original 9 blocks because they were 1/8 an inch or more off. I tossed another block because even after three years, I still thought it was ugly! I debated: throw size or wall hanging? In the end, I decided I was done once I had this layout. Making a throw would have taken me quite a while and I am kind of trying finish up UFOs. Heh.
I tried to quilt this so that the plus shape would pop out. I used a variegated YLI thread. It seems to be one of my go to threads when making a quilt with a wide range of colors and shades. After I saw a gorgeous X and Plus quilt done in waves, I kind of wished I had done the same. I am going to try that pattern on a triangle quilt I have basted.
Photo by Cynthia Spencer
It feels great to have this done and hanging up on the wall!