Friday, May 22, 2015

Crazy X Quilt ~~ Finished!

Yes!  A Finish!  Some time ago I joined a bee group online that consists of many of the same people who were involved with the Louisiana Traveling Quilt.  We added a few more folks and in no time we began building blocks for the Queen Bee.  
You've heard of queen for a day?  I was Queen for a whole month in February. (On a side note: being queen is cool--I understand why real queens don't give up the crown.)  

So, I got several blocks that I designed (sort of) and requested.  One of the fun parts of being in a group is reporting back to everyone on your progress. They loved it when I told them the quilting was finished...oh, that was a while ago, but everyone said, "you're what?!" and other such nice things so I felt special all over again.

I have a post about the "X Block" here, but if you read that post, you know there were a few surprises.
Surprise 1: I gave directions that allowed each quilter to choose her own size, so the blocks are all sorts of sizes.  Okay, I figured that is something I can handle with, what else? fabric!

Surprise 2: The X strips could be wonky, straight, or angular.  That means the blocks also are not square.  Heavens, I didn't see that coming.  I also didn't see just how wonky they really sweet husband (the man who sees every problem) politely pointed that out.  He wasn't so polite with the smirk, or the laugh.  And I didn't appreciate that shaking head too much, either. 

Surprise 3: I figured it out all on my own, thank you!  (Take that, negative husband man.)  

Can you see how the quilt name was changed from X Quilt to Crazy X Quilt? (We'll say it because the X's are crazy, not the "designer.")  It's been a trip, but challenges are good. 

And when we take the challenges for what they are and handle them, well, it's even more fun.  

Imagine how special I'll feel when the bee hive finds out that the quilt is on the bed in the new camper.

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Ann said...

A beautiful finish, indeed. It's great that the blocks are different sizes and styles of x's. I love how you put them together. Need to study it more closely.

Glen QuiltSwissy said...

I love how you figured it out! No thanks to the husband smirking in the corner !

Karen S said...

A great result with loads of problem solving along the way. It looks perfect in your camper.

Η Πευκοβελόνα said...

Beautiful finish, I love this block!

Frances Meredith said...

Lovely, lovely scrap quilt. I love it!

Stacey @slostudio said...

I love this quilt! It's so beautifully done. A great bee block, too. Thanks so much for linking up with TGIFF!

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty said...

Congratulations on a fabulous finish! I've never taken on the role of queen bee (it seems so intimidating!), but after reading your post, maybe I'll give it a shot ...