Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: Scrappy Japanese x and +

Well after what seems like forever, I am finally putting up my next Tuesday Tutorial!! Yay! Today's is featuring Amy of Badskirt's tutorial for a scrappy Japanese X and + block. I saw this tutorial months ago and just fell in love. I love it by itself and in a whole quilt. I decided one night after staring at it for months, to just go ahead and make it. And I did. And it felt wonderful! Plus I think it turned out pretty well ;) I entered it in a contest over at the Quilting Board Forum, so I had to wait for that to be done before I could show it. Here are some pictures for you! *Warning: Pic Heavy*
I went a picked out some scraps I had laying around. Some were left overs from my quilts, leftovers from my mom's sewing adventures, and some from my stash. I didn't think too much about them matching. Just grabbed what I liked.
After cutting everything out... I highly recommend opening Katy's diagram that show what to cut, how many, and of what. It kept my mind straight.
Sewn up a bit.

Sewn up a bit even further.

Here it is completed! I guess it's a square mug rug. Or at least that's what I'm using it as. It hangs out on my side table and is perfect for a cup or to go under a hot bowl. Please notice the yellow machine quilting. I am so pleased with the yellow! It's subtle enough, yet strong enough to bring everything together.

A bit closer in.
And now I leave you with a picture of my square mug rug in use! My mug/ tea cup is presenting it so nicely, along with my side table sewing basket. I keep thread and scissors in there. Especially handy while working on hand quilting. I hope you try out this block! I really enjoyed sewing it up, and I'm kind of planning on making a whole quilt of it. Cheers!

1 comment:

  1. Oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE your scrappy Japanese X and + mug rug!
    You picked scrappiness, but made it cohesive to see the X and the + !
    I love the fabrics AND love that yellow quilting to give it some punch!!
    Now I have to go look at that tutorial...
    So cute.

    By the way, your lighting is so well done with your photos. The colors are just so pretty! What is your formula?