Monday, March 8, 2010

Thinking ahead ...

I managed to finish Jen's block today.  I have a confession to make ...

I am HORRIBLE at anything wonky. 

There, I said it.  Jen, I know you asked for wonky houses, or wonky log-cabin houses, but I'm just not a very wonky person.  I definitely tried though, and this is what I came up with:

So, just for future reference to all my other bee-buddies, when you ask for wonky, expect my block to be not-so-wonky.   *sigh*

I'm also thinking ahead to April since it's my month. 

My husband puts up with a lot of stuff around here.  I'm constantly putting fabric, craft stuff, and various other bits of mess around the common living spaces of our house.  My studio has been in a constant state of transition, and will be finished soon, but in the meantime the rest of the house has suffered.  He's always asking me when I'm going to do something for him ...

Well, I decided that I would be using April as an opportunity to offer him a "peace offering" so to speak for putting up with my junk and disorganization.  April's block will also be a scrap-buster for me, so that I don't have to worry about so many bits of fabric laying all over the place.

I found this block on Flickr about a month ago.  I asked where I could find the tutorial, and there are a couple of resources.  Here are the links:

Nittany Block

Quiltville tutorial

We're actually making the Nittany version, with the white outline that sort of "blocks" the X in from the background fabric.

I have a couple of requests:

1.  Please make sure that your white lines match up well.  If you're not good at points, send me your smaller blocks and I will match them up myself.  Just don't trim them to points either, that way I have the extra fabric in the blocks to work with.

2.  Please add scrap from your stash also.  I don't care what it looks like, I don't care if it's "ugly" either.  This is a quilt for my husband, and it's a scrap buster.  In the grand scheme of things, you probably won't notice a weird piece of fabric or two.

3.  If your scraps that you've received have interesting details (faces, designs, whatever), please fussy cut those details to incorporate into the X design.  See how I fussy cut the goldfish in the bag fabric?  I want to be able to showcase some of the scrap designs.  

4.  As I stated above, I'm not a wonky person.  Please try to be precise with your X's.    ;o)  This is a block about patience and persistance. 

Other than that, please enjoy yourself when you make this block.  The dark green background actually has significance for him ... it's the school color for where he went to college (USF) and he's very proud of it.  I can't wait to present this quilt to him - thank you for helping me with this quilt!!


  1. I love it wonky or not!!!!! I also love the block you chose, fun to try another new technique!

  2. Christy - I love your house block!
    Your "X" block looks a little intimidating, but very fun to try! I really like it!

  3. LIke Lori, I'm a little nervous, but it looks fun! I'm always looking for ways to eat up my scraps!

  4. It's not a scary block at all. I consider myself a newbie (I've only been quilting since last August), and if I can handle it, I think anybody could. And like I said, if the points scare you, just send me the little squares to match up myself. ;o)

  5. Looks fun to me! Christy, Just so you know, (and can prepare yourself,) I'm thinking wonky again for May. But easy-wonky, nothing you have to "try" to make wonky, and if wonky just won't happen that's ok, too. HAHA, I'm being all mysterious!

  6. OOooohhhh ... mysterious is good!! :o)

  7. Got my bundle of fabric the other day. Going off to play in the sewing room tonight. Fun, fun, fun!