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.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Modern Plus Sign Book Hop

My fabric choice .... gorgeous Alison Glass Sun Prints
It's finally here ..... the Book Hop for Cheryl's and Paige's book, Modern Plus Sign, is on!!  Please find below a schedule for the next fortnight - look closely and you can see I am on Wednesday, yes in just two day's time (aaarggh nothing like a deadline to get you quilting!!).  Visit either Cheryl's or Paige's blog today to read more about it and be in with a chance of winning some lovely prizes!  Be sure to pop back on Wednesday ....

It felt wonderful to be cutting into these fabrics
Tuesday, March 13th
Signature Plus
Soma @ Whims and Fancies
Ann @ Brown Paws Quilting
Kitty @ Night Quilter

Tribal Plus
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod
Shelley @ The Carpenters Daughter Who Quilts

Wednesday, March 14th
Plus Surround
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch
Abigail @ Cut & Alter

Kaleidoscope Plus
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th
Postage Plus
Linda @ Flourishing Palms
Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Liz @ Savor Every Stitch
Stacey @ Stacey In Stitches

Rick Rack Runner
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
Patty @ Elm Street Quilts
Melanie @ A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog

Friday, March 16th
Row Addition
Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts

Transparency Chains
Ruth @ Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner
Christa @ Christa Quilts

Monday, March 19th
Faceted Rings
Jessica @ Quilty Habit
Cindy @ Hyacinth Quilt Designs
Jennifer @ The Inquiring Quilter

Petal Plus
Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

Tuesday, March 20th
Message in a Bottle
Tish @ Tish N Wonderland
Judy @ Sew Some Sunshine
Emily @ The Darling Dogwood

Cute as a Button
Wanda @ Wanda's Life Sampler
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Kate @ Smiles from Kate
Sue @ Sevenoaks Street Quilts

Pinwheel Plus
Carole @ From My Carolina Home
Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

Thursday, March 22nd
Debbie @ Esch House Quilts
Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts

Bear Claw Plus
Janice @ Color Creating and Quilting
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

A little sneak peek!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Building Community :: UKQU post on Instagram

I recently wrote a piece for the new UK Quilters United website about Instagram - if you fancy a read then head over here.

Of course I couldn't visit this somewhat ignored blog without leaving a few pictures behind, so here goes.  These items were made as part of the #sendalittleloveswap2018 organised by @madaboutbags over on IG.

This was also an item on my 2018FAL Q1 list - although the colours changed somewhat when I came to make it!!

It is also the only finish from that list so far this quarter!

I loved improv piecing the low volume background for the hearts to sit on.

And because crochet is my second love the extra was crocheted heart bunting.

I do have some other finishes soooo close.  In fact I think there may be another Week of Finishes quite soon!


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