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Thursday, February 4, 2016

x and plus progress

Three things to be happy about:
(1) temperatures rising
(2) new movies
(3) red nail polish

I didn't really "get" how close I was to piecing all my x and plus blocks til I gave them my full attention!  Before I knew it I had completed the 90 blocks I was aiming for.

I laid these out on my design floor, just tossing them down as I unpinned the 10-block groups.  If I saw two that matched too closely I moved one, but you know what?  I'm not going to start moving these around because it would take me half a day to get a perfect balance!

Just looking at the photo now I can see some dark spots but I won't worry about that.

I'm using these two fabrics for the borders, I thought a light inner border would give the eye a rest.

Or, maybe not...

This bluish-purplish border print fabric is a Jennifer Sampou that I've had for years!

I like it; it was tucked away in a cabinet, and that's probably why I hadn't used it by now.

Notice the peacocks in the border strip?  My first thought was to cut it away and "save" it for later.

One little curious thing though - when I unfolded it all the way I discovered that at some point I had cut out big hunks, and part of the border was missing.

I started to put it back but then I thought to myself "why not use it?  If not now, when??"

So, final decision - I'll use this fabric, some of the strips will have the peacocks and some won't.

I'll think of it as a design element!

That's it for now, sew forth and sew on til later...


  1. Heavens yes, USE IT! It's perfect and it's gorgeous. It may take half a day to get the blocks right, but it will be worth it. It's going to be terrific.

  2. I like the way yours turned out. I wanted to sew my blocks directly like yours but the seams were too hard to figure out so I used sashing between the blocks. It has a slightly different look but I loved the block and may re-visit it again in a larger size after seeing yours.

  3. That looks fabulous and I vote for using the peacocks too.

  4. This pattern is on my bucket list. Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous!


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