Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Hop :: Day 3

Welcome to my stop on what is sure to be a fabulous Book Hop, organised by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs and Paige of Quilted Blooms, to celebrate the launch of their new book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts.


When I was invited to be take part in this event I was delighted because both of these ladies have inspired me since starting my quilting journey.  It was wonderful that both of them had quilts included in the Best of QuiltCon 2017 tour that visited the Festival of Quilts last year so I got to see Warp and Weft and Cursive is a Fading Art in real life.

There are 16 patterns in the book and we had to pick three we would be happy to make for the Book Hop.  Which one to choose?  Eventually I would like to make them all, time and finances allowing, but in the end I plumped for Plus Surround designed by Paige.  We were allowed to make changes, resize or just use part of design for our project but I decided to make it true to the design.

Photo Credit Paige Alexander, Quilted Blooms

Initially I played with colour choices as per Paige's layout but decided in the end I wanted more colour in my quilt.  I have long coveted the Sun Prints collection by Alison Glass and finally bought some last Stepember.  With a couple of extra FQs thrown in and Kona Snow as the background I had the fabric chosen.


The pattern is really well written and easy to follow.  I couldn't use Paige's instruction for the block construction because I was not making multiple blocks of the same colour, however it still came together really nicely and quickly and was a great return to sewing after having the flu earlier in the year.



































Then of course there was the question of how to quilt it ....... hmmmm that had me pondering for quite a while, in fact if I am honest there were still design decisions going on just yesterday!  As you will see from the photo above it's not quite finished, what's a little trimming and binding between friends, because it literally is hot off the frame.

Pebbles and paisley feature frequently, in differing scales to fill the boxes I quilted around the plusses ....


I used lots of new tools and techniques on this quilt ....



I seriously underestimated how long it would take to quilt something like this ....


I think I am just a little bit in love with this, and also rather proud of myself having never quilted a design like this before ....


I think there is another post, an actual finish post if you will, required to talk about the quilting and techniques but for today I am just savouring this moment!  I will also need to enlist the help of a quilt holder upper so that I can see what this looks like hanging - I think the texture and created shadows will be wonderful.

To see a couple of different versions of this quilt head on over to see:

Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal 

Also up today, with their versions of Cheryl's Kaleidoscope Plus quilt. are:

Sandra @ mmm! quilts 
Karen @ Run Sew Fun 

Be sure to stop be either Cheryl or Paige's blog to see the full scedule and for a chance to win prizes!!

If you are inspired by what you see on the Book Hop then you can get signed copies of the book from Cheryl's Etsy Store or Paige's Etsy Store.  It is also for sale over at Amazon.


54 comments:

  1. I love your quilt - the quilting is amazing & love the fabric colors you chose for your crosses! Thank you for sharing, Susan

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  2. So beautiful! The quilting is just incredible.

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  3. Abigail, your version of Plus Surround is out of this world! I love the rainbow colors in a circle, right down to the very center! And, your quilting is stunning! I can only imagine the hours you have spent! This one is a ribbon winner in a quilt show, for sure! Thank you so much for contributing to the book hop!

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  4. Oh my heavens -- that quilting is amazing! I'm a proud straight-line quilter, but this is one of those projects that has been thinking there should be a longarm in my future. Wow! Good luck on finishing this up. : )

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  5. Abigail, this is stunning! I'm so glad you spent the last few days continuing on with the quilting and didn't change up your plan so you could finish a binding. This one will be wearing ribbons soon! It's outstanding!

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  6. This is so stunning! The rainbow plays so well on the crisp white background and your quilting is fabulous!! I am in awe of all of the different designs and how you incorporated the curved quilting lines (such a great compliment to the straight lines in the piecing). Thank you so much for being part of the hop!!

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  7. This is beautiful. The quilting finishes this quilt. You have so many designs which really set off the white background.

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  8. What a gorgeous quilt! I love every bit of it. The quilting is fantastic!

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  9. Love the rainbow effect! And yes, the quilting is amazing.

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  10. Gorgeous esp with all that quilting detail!

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  11. This is just really awesome! I would be quite proud of myself, also.

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  12. I love a rainbow and I love Plus Surround ! What a stunning quilt. The quilting is mesmerizing!

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  13. Quite striking! Amazing quilting!

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  14. It is stunning! I've been looking forward to this final result since seeing your "sneak peek" a few days ago. The sun prints fabric is fabulous on this quilt, and that quilting blows me away!

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  15. The quilting is amazing, Abigail, and it was fun to watch your progress on it via Instagram. I love the way you arranged the colors in the layout, and I could enjoy looking at the quilting for hours and hours.

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  16. Abigail, this quilt is a knockout! It is such a great quilt and the colors are terrific. I can’t beleive the quilting you did - just so gorgeous! Congratulations on finishing such a wonderful quilt.

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  17. Simply stunning all round Abigail! That quilting is to die for!

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  18. Oh my goodness! Love the colors, but your quilting is out of this world! WOW!!

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  19. I love your additions of color to your quilt. The quilting is fabulous.

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  20. You did such a fabulous job on this quilt! It is a true masterpiece!

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  21. Abigail you are a star. Words fail me to describe just how amazing this quilt is. Your colours and layout are superb and the quilting is so awesome. Love,love,love it. I know it must have taken hours to quilt but thr result is so worth it. I want to make one now,

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  22. This is AMAZING! I love your choice of rainbow colors (and you can never go wrong with Alison Glass prints). Your quilting has be speechless! I could look at all that yummy texture ALL DAY LONG. It takes this already super fun design to a completely different level.

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  23. Love your rainbow colors and the beautiful texture of your quilting.

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  24. OH ABIGAIL!! I actually breathed that out loud when I saw----- this quilt is a Masterpiece! SO love it, so much to look at, savour, yes please write up another picture-FULL post when she is done and shining in her glory. Wow. I'd hug you if you were beside me, it's just so gorgeous. mmmmphhhh! there did you feel that virtual one?

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  25. Incredible quilting! Congratulations on a wonderful finish.

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  26. I love your take on this. It's lovely in multi colour and the colour gradient makes it extra special.

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  27. Your quilting is just amazing - just amazing! Great fabric placement too. Just love it!

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  28. The alison glass fabrics are perfect for this design . They are bright and vibrant . But yiur quilting .... this is too another whole level !

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  29. The colours and their colour wheel placements make it a fun quilt, yet the amazing quilting grounds it. Every time I look at it, I see something new. Well done, Abigail!!

    -Soma

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  30. I love your colors and the quilting looks fabulous. I'll look for your post on that. Thanks

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  31. Absolutely love the quilting you did on your quilt!! Simply amazing! Yes, this kind of quilting always takes longer than we think!!

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  32. The quilting on this is *spectacular*. I am in awe. E xx

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  33. I LOVE the quilting you have done on your modern Plus quilt, many congratulations!!

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  34. This is marvellous! Yesterday blogger wasn’t taking my comments so I have returned to let you know that I love this quilt in the rainbow of colours and your quilting makes it completely outstanding. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. A wonderful rainbow of colour on white, this is truly a quilt to savour. The stupendous quilting design sets it off beautifully and you should be so proud of yourself, a magnificent version of the pattern.

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  36. You did a phenomenal job with this quilt. I really like the way you changed the color of the plus signs and the quilting is so creative and beautiful.

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  37. I love your quilt! The colors are stunning! Your quilting is amazing! You make me want to do more and more and more! Nadine W. N. Cali rnwillis@velotech.net

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  38. Wow! Amazing quilting. I could look at these photos all day. Lovely result!

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  39. The quilting is really amazing, it really adds to the quilt. Love how you placed the colors, looks wonderful!

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  40. I love the colors and your quilting is phenomenal!!!! Fantastic quilt, Abigail!

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  41. Love the colors, love the quilting even more.

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  42. Wow! Love the rainbow of colors and that quilting is amazing.

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  43. Wow the quilting is amazing, the colors just pop also, its gorgeous!

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  44. This is so stunning Abigail. All that amazing quilting. Just love the boxes and radiating panels. Some serious design there. Jenny the lilac cat. Ps I can only post anonymously...

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  45. Hi Abigail, your quilt and quilting is really stunning. Congrats!!!

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  46. What gorgeous quilting! Totally worth the time it took. And yes, I'm always underestimating how long things take and then madly quilting at the end. But this was worth the pain. Lovely.

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  47. I love your placement of colours especially for the central plus !

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  48. Oh my goodness! Where do I start? The colors you chose are lovely. I love a good rainbow. The quilting is just over the top. You did such a wonderful job - you must be so proud! I love all of the different textures and design elements that you added. Truly a gorgeous quilt!

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  49. You should be super proud! What a gorgeous quilt! Love, love, love the rainbow! Great job! Thanks for sharing!

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  50. Your quilting is super super . I can only stand back in admiration at someone who can achieve quilting like that. well done

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  51. OMG - your quilting on this is just amazing! I can only hope to reach your level of artistry. It's beautiful.

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