Monday, November 28, 2011

A new quilt bee on Flickr...join me?

I have been in love with the Japanese + and X block ever since I saw Leila's quilt. I can't put my finger on what has me so crazy for this quilt, but I knew when I saw it I had to make one. I want mine to be huge...for our king sized bed, so I decided a long time ago that when it was my turn to be queen bee in the New Bee on the Block that I would send out fabric for this block to be made by my group. It is a super scrappy quilt, so you almost can't make a mistake with fabric choices.  January is my month, so I have been getting a jump on things and cutting fabric all weekend. Because it is so scrappy, there is a lot of pulling fabrics and cutting just one strip or one square, so it is very time consuming.
+ & X blocks Quilt
made by Leila Where Orchids Grow
This quilt was inspired by Setsuko Inawaga's submission to the Tokyo Quilt Festival, 2011.
** Colorful
isn't this fabulous? photo from Flickr

Yesterday I discovered that another  bee group is being formed to make these blocks.  Since I am making 8" unfinished blocks, I think I will need about 120 of them to make this quilt. I need help, so what better way than to join another bee that is making them?
This is where you come in. Hop on over to the Flickr group and join us. This is a super easy block that uses 7 different fabrics for each block, so see how being in a bee can help to make this such a fun and interesting quilt to make?
Check out some of my favorites from other blogs and flickr members.

Japanese x and + quilt tutorial
by Amy Badskirt
Amy has a tutorial on her blog of how to make this block.

Japanese + and X Block for my Husband
Heidi Gone Aussie Quilting
Heidi has made some really cute blocks with a lot of fussy cutting. Hop on over to her blog and see all the beautiful blocks she has put together for this quilt.
For more inspiration check out this Flickr site.
I have fabric for 24 blocks ready to go out to my bee mates. 
I will start working on more blocks after Christmas...wait Christmas is in 26 days...I better get busy. I have so many things I want to make and I have not bought one single gift. HHHHEEEELLLLPPPP!!!

Thanks for stopping by,



Toni said...

Those blocks are great and look like a fun way to use scraps. Great idea using it for your bee blocks! I'll have to check out the flickr group. Thanks!

Ella said...

Ooo...does this mean New Bee-ers get to do this for Jan?

Danny said...

Ok, you may think I am totally naive for not knowing this, but how does a quilt bee work? I've always been interested in joining, but I've never known how to join one or what exactly the rules are... Could you enlighten me?

Tiara said...

This sounds like so much fun, can't wait

H2Ogirl said...

Oh my what a great idea for a your month. And I am excited about swapping with you and others.

Flying Blind... said...

This is one of my favourite blocks too xxx

Issabella The Cat said...

A king size quilt will look amazing!
I am sooo with you on the Christmas gifts situation, if I can't make them in the next 25 days they aren't getting any!

Lynz said...

Holey moley that's a lot of cutting!! But it will be worth it and totally gorgeous!!

Karen said...

I really like this block. Please share with me what "bee quilts" are.

Katy Cameron said...

Oh I can't wait for this bee, these look so fun!

LuLu said...

Oh my goodness! That quilt is beyond amazing! I can't wait to see it in king size :-) :-)

t. anne said...

Thanks for blogging about the x and + flickr group. I've joined, and I'm very excited about this swap!