Friday, February 16, 2018

Project X - Finish

One of my 2017 quilting goals was to piece a black and white quilt, which I never got around to, the year went by too fast and I never really did come up with a good plan or pattern.

Susan Ache posted this progress pic on Instagram, these were some alternate blocks for a quilt top she was working on.  I liked the blocks so much I thought they would make a nice looking quilt all on their own, finally, a girl with a plan.

I dug around in my stash and pulled 5 Bella Solids for my pop of color, and a nice assortment of blacks and backgrounds.

Scrappy backgrounds are not my first choice, but Susan's blocks had a scrappy background, and I liked her blocks, so I decided to go with a scrappy background too.  I like the look.

What I didn't like were all those colors, too busy for this quilter,  so I eliminated the pink and blue blocks, keeping the green, orange and yellow blocks.

Once all the X blocks were pieced I needed to create the perfect setting, here were my rules:

No like center squares side by side.

A colored center block could not stand alone, it must be connected diagonally to at least one block with the same center color.

No like backgrounds touching.

And here's what I came up with.

Yes, I know, a scary peek into my head.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 220 and Black and White Quilt Number 1
I've named it Project X
There is no pattern, I just made it up as I went along.
It finished at 54" x 54"
It has approximately 944 pieces.

Did you spot the 6 solid black X blocks?

Here's how I pieced the X blocks.

A - 5 1/2" square cut diagonally twice.
B - fat quarter strip cut 2" wide and into 4 pieces
C - 2" square

Once it was all pieced together I squared it up to 5 1/2 inches, lining up the 2 3/4" white lines on the ruler with the center square, for a perfect block.

Speaking of goals, a 2018 goal is to make 6 Christmas quilts for family members, next up, the first Christmas quilt of the year.

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  1. This is a masterpiece, Thelma! I love it.

  2. Very striking. I read your 'rules' for layout and thought, "My, that's a bit much." My very next thought was, exactly like I might do. Guess that means I'm in good company from the looks of this.

  3. It turned out great. I appreciate the explanation of your thought process on putting it together. Thank you.

  4. Love the final layout, especially with just the green, orange, and yellow - great choices all around!

  5. I love this! I have so many black&white fabrics! Thanks!

  6. Is it weird that I carry around a graph paper notebook and markers and it has a lot of those kind of colored squares in it?!?! :) I love this quilt, and I also was wondering what was next for you, can't wait to see your next Christmas quilt!

  7. I love this quilt with just the right amount of pops of color.

  8. Love high contrast quilts. I liked the layout with the same colors together�� but the final is great, too.

  9. I just amused myself by hunting for the six all black Xs. Thank you for sharing your planning process. It's nice to know I'm not the only person who thinks like this!

  10. Stunning! I love it! Thank You for sharing this lovely quilt.


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