Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Crossex

It all started on January 2, 2012, when I made my first x and + block.
Japanese x and + block
I won't lie. I thought it was the coolest little block I'd ever made. I had just discovered badskirt's legendary tutorial and joined the Japanese x and + block swap. I went ahead and swapped one more round a few months later, and eventually had amassed 28 blocks, still hoping to go another round or two. But by February of this year when I saw the x and + along pop up, I decided to dig into my scrap basket and just start making more blocks myself. All along, I was making and collecting the 8" blocks (7 1/2" finished), so I knew I would need plenty - finally settling on 80 as my goal.

In early April, I had 40 blocks done, and they went right to the top of my Quarter 2 Finish-A-Long list. And finally, at long last, I am thrilled to say that IT IS DONE.

We took her to the beach today for the requisite photo op . . .
And it was windy!!
We finally managed a full shot of the front. Doesn't it look like the clothespins are all blowing in the wind?
A pieced backing seemed the perfect choice for this scrappy wonder, and what else but a giant x and + block? Mine measured 45" and I surrounded it with a variety of solids (the largest pieces - on top and bottom - are fat quarters).
For quilting, I used the much-acclaimed Aurifil 40 wt #2600 (light gray), and it was a perfect choice with the wild array of colors. I chose a block in the upper left of the quilt (DS blue and greet polka dot) and began all my quilting from there, stitching out first diagonally along each leg of the 'x', then horizontally and vertically along each edge of the '+'. From there I echo-stitched at 3/4" intervals in each octant (vs. quadrant. I looked it up!) Then I went back and matchstick quilted through that first '+', though with the busy prints, you really can't see that well.
You've figured it out by now, I know, but I was really in a quandary when it came to the binding. After much debate, I did what I wanted to do all along, and bravely used Michael Miller's black and white "clown stripe" ala red pepper quilts. In a word: perfect.
I washed this finish right away, in an over-eager effort to see how it would crinkle up, and it did not disappoint. In fact, if you look at the photo below, you can see that denser strip of quilting down the 'middle'.
I have called this quilt my "x and +" quilt for so long, but it really needs a proper name now, and I've settled on "Crossex", a sort of conglomerate of the original block name. Bringing this long-term wip to a finish provides huge satisfaction. It's been a significant journey, and I have so many of you to thank, considering nearly one-third of the blocks were swapped. So thank you! It's been great fun.

This quilt finished at 60x75", and was on my Q2 FAL list. I'm linking up with the other Q2 finishes at shecanquiltAll photo credit goes to hubby. 


Linking up with Fabric Tuesday.

46 comments:

Vicki said...

Yay, it looks great, Debbie! I can't wait to make one of these.

Jennifer said...

If it wasn't 1130pm for you, I'd be texting you - this quilt is STUNNING!! I love that there are some shots of you with it, you look fabulous as always! :)
Seriously, great job, you can start mine next, okay?? ;)

Annika said...

Just love it! A beautiful quilt and the giant X on the back is perfect! Congratulations to your finished quilt.

capitolaquilter said...

Wow, it is just fabulous and the back is perfect with the jumbo-est xplus ever made I suspect. Always enjoy your photo shoot too, congrats

Danih03 said...

It's beautiful! I love it and I want one. 80 blocks wears me out thinking about it. maybe I will jump on the bandwagon soon:)

Francine said...

It looks absolutely amazing!! I love that binding and especially the big block on the back (can you give the measurements for that?) I wouldn't have thought that 45" was snugg-able, but it looks like it is - good to know!!! Hugs

Patchwork and Play said...

Oh this is a winner indeed!!! Wonderful strong colour choices bordered by that fabulous striped binding! Congratulations on a great finish- you look SO pleased with it too!

Kirsten said...

Such a wonderful finish Debbie! I love everything about this quilt and the photos of you with it are so sweet.

Molli Sparkles said...

Mahvelous dahling, simply mahvelous!

Mary said...

I love it!! Fabulous quilt. It's on my To Do SOON! list.

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

It is a great block isn't it. Did a few for a bee this year and was so jealous when I finished it and sent it away. Great for using up scraps too. Well done.

Deb said...

This is stunning Deb! I love the idea of the large x plus on the back. I might have to steal this idea for mine if that's ok.

Anita said...

Just beautiful! Love your binding and quilting :)

Quiltmanufaktur said...

I love it - what a beautiful quilt! And all these great pics, great job!!!

Nilya said...

So beauitful - and I love the photos with both of you, the quilt and the creator ;-)

Barbara said...

Bellissimo!!!!

Kate said...

It is fantastic! So much scrappy goodness. I love that the back is a giant block. And the binding! I never think B&W will work on so many different quilts, but it always does.

Nell Timmer said...

Wow! That is wonderful. What an accomplishment. The photos look gorgeous. Hope you have someplace to put that gorgeous quilt that you will see it every day!

Gina said...

Beautiful photos, Debbie. I'm in love with that super cool giant block on the back!

Trudie said...

Beautiful, I just love it all the colors and the binding...great choice! You must be so happy and satisfied to have it completed.

CityHouseStudio said...

It really is a scrappy wonder!
So beautiful, what an exciting finish!
LOVE the binding, too - perfect choice!

Darcy said...

Debbie this is so wonderful - couldn't love it anymore! And your husband did a fantastic job on the photos!


I'd love to know your measurements for the giant x+o on the back :-)

Julie said...

I love EVERYTHING you do. I am so impressed with this quilt! I don't know how you get so much done. I am enjoying your City Blocks piecing too. Thank you for your efforts. I'm enjoying them very much.

Leanne said...

This quilt turned out so well, your quilting is excellent. The photos are wonderful, it looks like a great day at the beach.

Taryn said...

It is so gorgeous! I LOVE how you did the big X block in the back, surrounded by all those solids! It contrasts perfectly with the front. The black and white striped binding is the perfect frame!

Kelly said...

I just made my first 2 X/+ blocks this week. Now inspired by badskirt's tutorial, the fun of this block and your gorgeous quilt, I am adding this to my list. Your quilt is gorgeous!

Debbie said...

Thanks all! The giant x and + block on the back measures 45".

Ellyn said...

oh it's gorgeous! And I love the back too! This one is also on my to do list

Carla said...

It's perfect Debbie and you look so pleased! A stellar finish.

Heather D. said...

Absolutely gorgeous Debbie. And even better getting such a long term wip finished. I think the pink fabric in your very first block that forms the centre came from me! YAY!

Tina Craig said...

Yay! It's fantastic, Debbie! A spectacular collection of fabrics, too.

beaquilter said...

looks AWESOME! I just finished an x and plus quilt too but with a planned fabric scheme, yours look way cool

Lisa C said...

Absolutely perfection! I'm not sure I'm patient enough to see a project through over that time span but what a finish you have! Great job.

LisaAnn said...

Beautiful as always! I just love this quilt so much and I have never been a big fan of that block...this quilt changed my mind about that! So lovely!

Jan said...

Such a wonderful quilt of scrappy goodness.

Julianne said...

Beautiful! This is one of my favorite blocks too, I just got 2 of these quilts back from my longarmer, they are scrappy versions. I love how they turned out. I still have to get the binding done and they will be finished! Plus, I sold one! Whoop Whoop!

Sarah said...

The quilt is lovely Deb. A great finish. The photos of you are really good too. You look so proud. I haven't made this block before but have bookmarked the tute ready for "one day".

JanuaryT said...

It's just perfect Deb!!! I found two of my blocks that you got ;D It's so fun and makes me want to work on mine again!!! I hope your having a wonderful summer.

mathea said...

Wow! This is just wonderful! I love, love, love all those colourful blocks together, and that big one on the back is just brilliant. The quilting works really well with the design and of course that stripy binding is just perfect (I would say that, now, wouldn't I...?) You have every reason to be proud of this fun quilt!

FlourishingPalms said...

Wonderful pictures of a wonderful quilt. The color in it is so-o great! Those outdoor photos show it off to its best advantage with the natural light... and the darling pictures of you with it. Hubby did a great photography job, and YOU made a great quiltmaking effort. It's really special.

Katie B said...

Very cool, Deb! LOVE the back!!

Carla said...

I don't even know where to begin....everything about this is extra special! The quilting, the colors, the perfect backing, the very perfect binding, the pattern, and the great photo op make this a wonderful and inspiring post! I've made a few of these blocks for swaps and have some in my Flickr favorites....I guess I need to start making one for myself!! What a great finish, Deb!

knottygnome said...

ooh, i really love the back! it looks amazing.

Michelle@factotum-of-arts.com said...

love it - an amazing job. I love that black striped border and the backing is fabulous.

Stephanie said...

Love love love this! I am tempted to try this - but feel like all the piecing will drive me mad (since last couple of quilts have been piecing heavy). Oh but your quilt is inspiring me to just dive in!

Gingersnaps Quilts said...

looks amazing!! I love the back too!!