Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The X and O Quilt: Part 1

After I wrote about writing about the process of these two baby quilts last week, I realized I was probably going to wind up doing two very different quilts - which is totally okay, but it does mean that I'll probably write different process posts for the two of them.

Bonus HSTs

So far, I'm making progress with the quilt in which I'm using Violet Craft's gorgeous Peacock Lane fabrics.  I'm just loving working with this collection so far.  I adore the colors in this collection and the illustrations of elephants and peacocks are just darling.  I decided that I wanted to try my best to feature these prints in a big kind of block, so I went with a 12.5" block for this quilt.  Normally, when I do a baby quilt, I go with a smaller block - mainly because the quilt will end up being smaller and it allows me to put more blocks into the quilt.  I'm aiming to make this quilt wind up being approximately 48" square, 4 blocks by 4 blocks.

Starting to piece my first X block

Once I decided how many blocks I wanted to do, I worked on sketching the blocks I chose to work with - the X and O design I shared on Wednesday.  I just love the idea of these X and O blocks, symbolizing hugs and kisses for a new baby.  I started by sketching out the blocks to figure out the size each piece of the block would need to be.  If you guys really dig this quilt, I could easily write up a quilt pattern for this one...

Quilty math, planning, and cutting, oh my!

After I finished up my quilty math, I started ironing and cutting my fabric.  Then, I made some lovely little piles and got to sewing.  I'm happy to say that so far, my quilty math is working out just right and I even figured out how to get some bonus HSTs out of the O blocks, either to use on the back of the quilt or to use for another project, which I was happy with.  I've only made a handful of blocks so far, but I'm happy with how it's coming together so far.

3 blocks in and loving it

13 comments:

  1. Xs and Os are a great idea for a baby quilt Elizabeth. It is looking great!

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  2. This is really cute! Although I'm giggling here at your photo, as we have things called Oxo cubes here, which you disolve in water to make stock, and now I'm envisaging quilted packaging for them...

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  3. This idea is just too cute for a baby quilt Elizabeth, nothing better than baby hugs and kisses!

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  4. CUTE!!! I love this idea too! What a fun idea!!

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  5. Love seeing your quilty math! And those colors are fabulous.

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  6. so much fun. i love the x's and o's for a baby quilt and peacock lane... i love it. i need to cut into mine!

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  7. So cute! the fat quarter pack in each colorway just arrived on my doorstep last week. This is the perfect project!

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  8. I'd love to see a pattern for this! I need to make a baby quilt before long.

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  9. Great choice of pattern and colors--I'd love to have a pattern for this!

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  10. Oh wow - that is so cute!! cant wait to see it all finished.

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  11. So cute! I love the x and o idea for a baby quilt!

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