52 x plus quilt.

3.04.2013

I am back and finally fully recovered from QuiltCon!  It was an amazing experience, and I'll be talking more about it this week, but first I want to share with you my finished x plus quilt!

This quilt was made using Badskirt's Japanese x and + quilt tutorial, but modified to make 12" finished blocks using Megan's measurements.  I used all of the prints from Field Study for the + and x parts, a mix of low volume prints including grays, text prints, and white on whites for the background, and a mix of black and dark gray prints for the ends of the pluses (this black and white bundle would be a good start if you're trying to replicate this quilt).  The intentional fabric choices give the quilt a very high contrast look that I love!  It feels sort of edgy and strong, and the + and x shapes are very defined and make sort of a lattice pattern when you look at the quilt as a whole.

The quilt is pretty large throw, at 72" square.  There are 36 total blocks, 6 across by 6 down.

I quilted down the edges of each of the pluses, and down the middle of each x, using black and white variegated Aurifil 28wt thread, with 50wt black in my bobbin so it would blend in with the back.  I had no issues quilting it other than how heavy the quilt was with velveteen on the back!  It's bound in one of my favorite text prints, from Architextures.

The velveteen on the back makes this quilt amazingly cozy.  I curl up on the couch under it every night!  It's so warm!

The back is super simple, but this Field Study print is one of my all time favorites.  I want to buy it in voile too!

My husband was a really good sport during this shoot, here he is rolling his eyes at me after climbing a snowbank in snowshoes to get these pictures :)

I think this quilt is my favorite that I've made so far.  I'm so glad to finally have made a quilt for myself!  
  
Oh, did I mention that it's signed by Anna Maria Horner?  I will tell you more about that tomorrow! :)

If you want to join in the #xplusalong, be sure to add the hashtag to your photos on Instagram, and upload your pictures to the flickr group!

52 comments:

  1. What a lovely quilt! And I liked seeing some pics of your home decor, too!

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  2. Holly, this quilt is wonderful...I love its scrappiness Julierose

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  3. A Phenomenon. Beautiful. Great, GREAT fabric choices.
    Enjoy curling up under it!

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  4. I really love the high contrast of this quilt. Excellent!

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  5. Beautiful quilt! I love the fabrics you chose for those blocks! Great job!

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  6. This is so beautiful - the way you have made the blocks really makes them stand out!

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  7. Lovely colour choices. We are making similar blocks in our bee this month. They work so well. I just love everything about it.

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  8. REALLY love how this came together - such a perfect color/black and white mix! Beautiful job.

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  9. Holly, this is a really great quilt. I love the scrappy feel with great fabric choices...and of course the black/white background fabrics just make it all pop. Love it!

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  10. I love that you used neutral values for background and the 'black' for the ends of the +. Still scrappy but a really nice union. Beautiful job.

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  11. I love how it turned out!! Your color choices and the low volume background it's really striking.

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  12. Beautiful quilt! I love the black color and light background it gives nice contrast!

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  13. This is one of my fav x and + quilts! I love the way you used the dark prints on the ends of the pluses so they don't compete with the colors, but form their own strong grid - and the light/grey background is perfect. Fantastic!

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  14. Beautiful! The lights and darks look fantastic. Well done! :)

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  15. Awesome finish, Holly! And I love that you included a pic of your husband. My husband is always rolling his eyes during the quilt photoshoots (and letting me know his arms are dying). But, in the end, they're always there when you need them!

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  16. This is truly gorgeous--my favorite X and + quilt. They are all so fun but sometimes so busy--this one gives the eye plenty of places to look and rest--a work of art!

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  17. This quilt is STUNNING and GORGEOUS!

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  18. It is really beautiful. Just found your blog a couple of weeks ago and really like your work.

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  19. Love it! This quilt is really awesome. Nice work!

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  20. I really love this quilt and your very intentional choice of fabrics.

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  21. this turned out fantastic...one of my favorites! beautiful work. :)

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  22. I just love this quilt. It wasn't one I thought I was interested in but your version has me rethinking that!

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  23. One of the most gorgeous x and + I have seen. Brilliant.

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  24. This is so beautiful quilt! Great pattern and I love how you have mixed lots of beautiful prints and colours!

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  25. So incredibly beautiful! Congratulations!

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  26. Gorgeous! And autographed??? Ack!

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  27. I have been enjoy watching the progress of the quilt. It is a beautiful quilt, but I am kind of sad it is finished as I will miss all the inspiring photos on instagram. Congrats on the finish it turn out wonderfully.

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  28. Yours is my favorite of the xpluses I've seen out there. I've bookmarked every posting of it. :-)

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  29. I never fell for the X-Plus quilt until I saw yours. I LOVE it!

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  30. WOW! There's a stunner if I've ever seen one. I wish I saw it in person during class!!! Man. I must've been too into my stitching :)

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  31. It's so freakin' fabulous. I'm glad you finally have one of your very own; you picked a stunner!

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  32. That velveteen is so soft. One of my lqs carries all of her fabric.

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  33. wow, this quilt makes me so happy! i feel like if i tried to make it it just wouldnt look as good as yours bc yours is so perfect! great job.

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  34. Your quilt is way cool! Wow. The AMH velveteen on the back is icing on the cake. Love!

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  35. Holy cow that is an awesome quilt! One of my all-time favorites!!!

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  36. I really love how you used color and value in your quilt. The secondary designs are so much more evident this way. Well done.

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  37. Oh. No. You. Didn't. That is amazing. Blurg, now I have to go have a second shot at those x+. Dang. That's amazing, I love this so much.

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  38. this quilt is just stunning! I am making an x plus quilt right now with Carnaby Street fabric and two shades of gray, and I stumbled across yours. I just love it!! I'm also a new follower on Bloglovin' (I've added you to my feed since I don't see a button).

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
    Needle and Thread Thursday

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  39. I love the narrow strips of black, gray and really saturated colors on the whitish background. It's weirdly mesmerizing.

    Do you know the crafting community Kollabora? Some of us have gotten into quilting recently, and I'm wondering if you'd be interested in joining and showing off some of your projects. I'm pretty sure everyone else would love them as much as I do.

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  40. hi, beautiful quilt! did you prewash the velveteen?

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  42. Lovely! Did you use batting with the velveteen? If so, would you do it the same again??

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  43. Stunning quilt! This may be my favorite quilt with this block!

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