Happy 2016, y'all! I don't know if it's because I have been a little bit lazier with using up my scraps in my quilt backs, an increase in productivity, or a combination of the two, but my scrap jars were overflowing once again. If you remember, I completely emptied them this summer with Shattered Rainbow Encore and The Kitchen Sink. At any rate, since returning from our Christmas travels, I got to work to combat the ever-increasing mountain of scrap fabric that I seem to accumulate.
Improv piecing has always been my go-to method for busting through the scraps in my jars quickly, and over the past three years, I have had enough scraps to make a large queen-sized quilt each summer (plus one extra throw-sized quilt this past summer). I love improv piecing, and it really appeals to the lazy side of me that would rather not have to cut scraps into uniform sizes, but I wanted to branch out and use my scraps differently this time.
In looking around the seemingly unlimited inspiration that is the online quilting community, I saw THIS quilt, along with several others, and decided to jump right into turning my bits and pieces into an X Plus quilt. I particularly loved how this quilt utilized light and dark values in all areas of the blocks. My first X Plus quilt, made with Pat Bravo's Carnaby Street collection, has a more uniform look. This is the quilt I like to take on trips, and even though I still love the planned design of my first, the X Plus pattern in scrappy brights really is mesmerizing.
I made my blocks 10 inches (finished), so the quilt will be twin size, 70" x 90." I'm sad (and a bit surprised) to say that although my scraps are greatly diminished, I still have lots left. I would have kept on making X Plus blocks, but the remaining leftovers are just too small. I seem to have lots of strings that are less than 2.5," so once I get this quilt finished up, I'll need to figure out another plan for those (and I need to get back to using more of my scraps in my quilt backs)!