Friday, November 11, 2011

Ruby X

I fell in love on flickr . . .


. . . so much so, that I was compelled to make a mini x-quilt for myself. Not finding a pattern or tutorial, I had to figure it out. So I grabbed a charm pack, did the math, then went to work cutting and piecing.
I'm not sure why, but I'm loving these little 'x's!

For her mini quilt challenge, amylouwho had encouraged us to "try something new and break out of our comfort zones". I had already done that by working without a pattern, and decided to really go for it, and try a new free-motion quilting pattern. {Considering I had only ever done free motion here and here, this was a pretty big deal.} But I decided to go for it and did a swirly-ish meander. Perfect? No way. Did my friend the seam ripper help me out occasionally? Yup. But I kept repeating to myself, "I'm supposed to try something new! I can do this!"

And so, here is "Ruby X", 16 X 20" of darling, quilted up with determination rather than mastery. And I'm smitten again.
block fabric-Ruby by thimble blossoms; background-by basicgray;
sashing-KONA coal; binding-stash dots; blocks are 4"

Watch for a tutorial in the next few days! See Mini 'X' Quilt Top tutorial here! Meanwhile, linking up with the mini quilt challenge{sew} Modern Monday, and Fabric Tuesday!



And adding to the new Modern Mini Quilts group on flickr!

Modern Mini Quilt button




34 comments:

Tanya said...

OH those little crosses are just delightful. No wonder you couldn't resist

Theresa said...

Quite, quite gorgeous. I'm working on a Ruby X quilt too (but bigger x 4.5" squares and only 25% through the cutting!). I love how the white in your mini lifts the fabric. I'm not using white...but maybe should reconsider? My daughter is a Ruby so this fabric has been on the wish list for quite some time....lucky it's beautiful!

Toni said...

Excellent, Debbie! Look at you and your FMQ! It looks fabulous! Good for you for trying new, slightly uncomfortable things. Your mini is a beauty and I love the coal border, it looks great with those fabrics.

Marg said...

Oh gosh that is absolutely gorgeous. Well done for going out of your comfort zone. I love the border and the binding too, perfect!
You have inspired me to try that too, not quite sure exactly when I will start it though!!!

Svetlana said...

Debbie, that looks so wonderful. You did such a great job, Love your fabric choices, too.

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Why it's lovely. I think I need to try the X pattern -- I'm feeling brave. You must feel satisfied that you worked it all out on your own.

Rachel said...

So cute! Love the FMQ! You did a great job!

Bree said...

aww, I love the little x's!!

Susan said...

Without a doubt your choice of border and binding frame the X's perfectly. So cute!

notes of sincerity said...

Oh my goodness!
Love your minis!

twin fibers said...

Very pretty! I'm totally inspired to make a Christmas one now for a gift. Thank you!

Elizabeth D. said...

Love it! I, too, have felt super inspired by all the X's making the rounds in blogland!

KellyS said...

I love it! I can't wait to see the tutorial because I have a feeling I will be adding a X quilt to my bucket list!

Teje said...

Hi! That's really beautiful! I love those x and + also, but haven't tried yet.
Thank you for visiting my blog!
x Teje

Dayna said...

Love it! :-)

Heather D. said...

Very cute Debbie!! Love the design, AND the fabric!

By the way, thanks for linking me up! I was able to check here and saw my little house right aways. Glad I didn't have to do it from here because this connection is sooooo slow!

Have a wonderful day.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I am the lucky owner of that pillow you pictured above by Kristy and your mini is just adorable. So happy to see you are doing a tutorial!!

Marci Girl said...

I love it! Am really looking forward to the tutorial! :) I really want some Ruby now!

Katie B. said...

Okay, this I LOVE! The border and binding are awesome. Tutorial? Yes, please!

Heather said...

Just beautiful! I can see why you're in love. :o)

Leanne said...

It is wonderful, and determination leads certainly to mastery.

Jamie Lee said...

I love the x's. They look great!

donna said...

Wow! I love the x's. You did a wonderful job.
Hugs
donna

Jessica said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!! :) It's so cute. The dark sashing works great and highlights your fabulous(!) quilting job. Very impressed, and the colors are wonderful together! <3

Kirsten N said...

This is beautiful Debbie!! Great design and such pretty fabric!

Nina... said...

I love the design of the little x's. The Hope Valley pillow is absolutely gorgeous!

Kendall said...

:)
So proud. I've said it before and I'll say it again. So proud.
{HUG}
:)

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

gorgeous! I love it!

Lisa Ann said...

Gorgeous fabric and perfectly sweet pattern! Love it!

Megan said...

Adorable! I love that border--it just makes the whole thing pop! :) Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!

Kristen said...

Gorgeous mini! I am loving the Ruby as well!

Quiltstory said...

Wonderful mini quilt! Thanks for linking!

Janine said...

Your mini quilt is lovely. I think the ruby and other fabrics go perfectly with your X pattern :)

elizabeth said...

OH so cute, and the tutorial is wonderful! This is on my to-do list of mini projects now : )