I recently joined this scrappy block swap on Flickr and sewed my first Japanese x & + blocks using this tutorial from badskirt. I originally just wanted to join a swap, but I'm really surprised how much I like scrappy! My quilts are usually pretty planned out with lots of solids in between the patterned fabrics, so this was a real departure for me - and I love them!
There was a whole lot of hemming and hawing goin' on during the fabric picking out part of things (thank goodness the Olympics was on), and I ended up with almost as many unused pieces cut out as I ended up using, but I'm really happy with how the colors and patterns play together.
...and I went a little crazy with the photos.
Some are more successful than others as far as the x & + being visible through the mash up of pattern and color. This one with the scripty + is one of my favorites from the bunch.
These blocks are on the small side, at 7.5" so it might be awhile before I accumulate enough to build a decent sized quilt top, but I think this will be one of those projects that I'll work on a little bit here and there. Which when I think of it, is kinda' cool, b/c I can use new scraps as I buy new fabric and sew other projects and it will become like a memory quilt of all the other things I've made while making these. Which at this rate might be a couple of years' worth. We aren't actually swapping until May, but I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with!