Monday, February 27, 2012

Mama Bee

Japanese x and + block- March-Inspire Circle

This is my first round partaking in the do. Good Stitches bee, and March is my month to be the Hive mama.  I am really enjoying giving a little back, I do so much quilting and crafting for myself, friends and family, that it feels good to do a little for charity as well.  Our circle, the Imagine Circle will be making quilts for Threading Hope.  

I have been oogling all the amazing Japanese x and + blocks and quilts that have been popping up all over blog land and flickr land, and thought why not jump in the fun.  I took Megan's approach and upsized the blocks, so that mine will finish at 11.25" square...not exactly 12", but I took the easy way with the math ;-)

These blocks will be made using Amy of Badskirt's tutorial, only with upsized measurements.  In case you were wondering, here are the measurements  I figured out to get the larger block size:

fabric 1: (1) 7.25" x 2.75"
(2) 2.75" x 2.75"
fabric 2: (4) 2.75" x 2.75"
fabric 3: (8) 2.75" x 2.75"
fabrics 4, 5, 6, 7: (1) 5" x 5" of each color

Japanese x and + block- March- Inspire Circle

These blocks are so addicting to make that I just couldn't stop at two (and I know I'll need extra blocks anyways...) 

japanese x and + blocks- March-Inspire circle

Only 10 more to go, so that when all is said and done I will have a nice size quilt  with 30 blocks.  Not only do I love this block, it's so satisfying making use of some scraps!

I will be linking up to Sew Modern Monday over at Canoe Ridge Creations, head over and link up!


  1. Those blocks are totally addicting, right? I've just taken part in round 1 of a swap of them on Flickr, can't wait to see what I get back!

  2. Absolutely love this -- the pattern and the fabrics you used. Somehow they have a little bit of a retro vibe going on for me too. Love it!!!

  3. Oh fun! Those blocks look great. This will be a beautiful quilt. Shout out to the purple Terrain fabric! I'm working with some of those in a baby quilt this week. Yay!

  4. So glad you picked these, I have seen them all over also and they look so fun to make. Can't wait to start!! :)

  5. Way cool! Thanks for sharing the larger measurements.

  6. LOVE these! I need to try them upsized - thanks for the measurements!

  7. Gorgeous! Love your blocks, it'll be a beautiful quilt :)

  8. Just tried this! Thanks so much for sharing the larger measurements, I really like the size of this block. BTW, found your blog via Pinterest!