Friday, April 29, 2011

May blocks

Hi everyone! I've got my May fabric packets ready to go -- they should go out tomorrow morning. I'm referring you to Amy's (badskirt) recent tutorial for the + and x block inspired by a quilt by Japanese quilter Setsuko Inagawa. I've already cut the block pieces you receive to size, so please refer to Amy's tutorial for piecing instructions.

My sample block is above.

To make the block, you will receive:
4 -- 3 1/2" squares for the corners that form the x
8 -- 2" squares of background for the corners that form the x
4 -- 2" squares for the edges of the +
2 -- 2" squares and 1 -- 2" x 5" fabric for the +

This will be a very scrappy quilt in the end, so I'm hoping the fabrics I've sent will work out. It's hard to imagine the "big picture" when you're trying to coordinate but not over-coordinate individual blocks. :-)

The trickiest construction part is matching up the angled seams of the corner blocks with the straight seams that form the +. Give a holler if you'd like a little photo help with that before you begin.

There is a Flickr quilt-along group showing lots of wonderful examples of the + and x block.

Please let me know if you have any questions as you go about making your blocks.

And a big THANK YOU to Amy for putting together this tutorial just in time for May...kismet, I say! And thanks in advance to each of you for stitching these!



  1. ooh yay! I saw this tut the other day, and was wondering if I would have the chance to try it at some point!

  2. This looks really cool. Thanks for the flickr group link. To me from what I saw you could use just about any fabric in the blocks to make this quilt top.