Monday, 21 January 2013

I'm following the leader, the leader, the leader

its happened again, I've been sucked into the latest Instagram QAL craze, this time + and x blocks.

I had made up a few (8) blocks last year and totally loved them, but knew I probably didn't have the patience to make a whole quilts worth. Trouble is I loved them so much I knew only a quilt would do.

these are addictive!


Then hot on the heels of the scrappytripalong came the idea from certain persons that the + and x block would make the ideal replacement, for those whose lives were lacking in a crazy haze of piecing having finished their scrappy trip quilts.

How could I resist. It seemed perfect. I had also been toying with asking for this block in my bee next month and when Januarys queen asked for AMH feather blocks (my other option in my head) I knew it was destiny.

So hopefully 20 blocks from my bee buddies (perhaps more if they love me and/or get carried away, I won't say no!) plus the 8 blocks I already had, I reckon I needed to add another 20 to this myself to make it a decent size quilt. I have a big workshop this weekend with lots of prep to do, the studio must be clean and clear, so I've set myself a target of 5 a day to get them done and give me time to do prep/cleaning before Saturday. This is where I am at so far

+ and x to date

Love love love them! I have 10 left to do but I am starting to run out of low volume/fresh light colour fabrics. Hopefully I can eek it out.

Over the weekend I finished off my crochet cowl and have been wearing it ever since, so cosy! I have started a jumper for Jools. A little experimental and I am not sure it will work but if it doesn't I  can always turn it into a cushion cover ;-)

I've also been doing a spot of dressmaking, IG peeps will have seen already but I will hopefully get some good photos to share soon. I hadn't realised how much I missed it, I have fabric on the way for a washi dress and can't wait to get started.

I have to go clean and organize and plump cushions as we have a rental inspection tomorrow (groan) and hopefully squeeze in some xplusalong-ing!

10 comments:

Charlotte said...

so lovely!!!! I look forward to making some :-D

Canadian Abroad said...

Fabulous! You are on a roll, and good to hear that you are getting lots of teaching in too.

Sarah Lou said...

These look gorgeous, I love the pastel-y/low volume fabrics :D

Liz DandeliondD said...

Your x and + blocks are just amazing. I love them in those colours.

I was drooling over your clothing makes yesterday. I would love to learn how to make something to wear, but I am just rubbish at clothes making.

xxxx

Cindy said...

They're so beautiful when they're all together, aren't they? Keep stitching!

memmens said...

If you are free to come here on Friday (ie got all your cleaning done) you can have a rummage in my scraps/stash for low volume if you want. xx

Sarah said...

I've been covetting on IG all week... so pretty!

Flying Blind... said...

They look stunning already!! I will begin next week!

Catherine said...

Wow don't they look fantastic together. I can definitely make two blocks

Katy Cameron said...

ARGH, now I have that song stuck in my head! Looking good though...