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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