Wednesday, June 17, 2015

plus, plus

Thanks for sharing links to your favorite dresden quilts in the comments of my last post.  It was fun to see what catches your eye!  But when it came down to it, I just couldn't do it.  I couldn't proceed confidently in any one direction with dresdens so I've opted to do something complete different.  I think you should always feel 100% "in" at the start of any quilt!

plus, plus

For an entire year this stack of "new" 2014 Kona Cotton colors has been lounging about, inviting some play.  They're approximately 1/3 yard cuts of mostly bright, summery shades.  I decided to combine that happy palette with scraps in the makings of a simple plus quilt.

plus, plus

Not interlocking pluses, just plain old plus blocks.   8" finished, 2" wide plus shapes.

plus, plus

Haaaaaahhhhhhh, I needed something this simple anyways.  Eleni's just home from a week long hospital stay, her second post-NICU hospitalization for respiratory issues.  Turns out she has obstructive apnea and some aspiration that combine to land us in the hospital.  I'm zonked, brain and bones. 

Here's to the healing properties of color, color.

37 comments:

  1. Thinking and sewing positive : )

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  2. Beautiful starts to a quilt and thank you so much for updating about Eleni. Praying for all of you daily...

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  3. prayers for you sweet baby I think of her and you often, strength for you both

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  4. Glad to hear Eleni is back home again and I keep my fingers crossed she will be home without these scary episodes for a long time now! Your plusses photo popped up in Flickr and I knew the blocks had to be yours! Sewing plusses for a quilt, can only be positive and healing. Take care and I hope you will be able to find some rest.
    I’m with you on the Dresden’s. I don’t think I will ever make a complete quilt out of those blocks!

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  5. I pray you will have calm days and sweet nights.

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  6. those blocks are looking great…sorry to hear Eleni has not been well

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  7. Can you give us the measurements? I know it is 8" finished but I'm trying to figure out what size you cut for the pluses.
    Have you seen the blog posting that does pluses by paper piecing? (Svetlanna) She's only doing it for a mini. I don't think it would work for anything bigger. Seems to be a fairly inefficient way to get the job done. I like your approach better.

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    1. Yes, the plus pieces are cut 2.5" x 6.5" and (2) 2.5" x 2.5". The background corner squares are cut 3.5" and the background thin edges are cut 1.5" wide. Maybe I'll do a full tutorial to make it a bit clearer...

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  8. Praying for Eleni for wellness!
    Thank You for sharing!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  9. Sewing is so often such good therapy. Big hugs from Cape Breton!

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  10. lounging fabric. yeah, there is that.

    Poor Eleni, sweet little kitten.
    I am praying that as she grows, she can leave some of these challenges behind.
    Love always dear Rachel

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  11. Nothing plain and old about those plus blocks ... I love that you've used solid pops of colour for the backgrounds :)

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  12. I agree that you have to be "all in" when you make a quilt... otherwise it turns to drudgery instead of fun. And after all, that's why we do this, right?

    So glad too that you find comfort in stitching. Sending you and your family prayers of love and happiness.

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  13. I can understand the feeling of being 100% in on a quilt. Sometimes I have plenty I want to make, but only one will have that extra something that puts it at the top of the list. I love the pluses!

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  14. On point those pluses look like 'kisses'......maybe a quilt full of 'kisses'? Sending good vibes and 'kisses' to you and your babe.

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  15. You must be exhausted. I'm glad Eleni is back home now. I hope you both can get some rest.

    Love the pluses!

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  16. Glad to hear Eleni is back home. Those pluses with the solids backgrounds are wonderful.

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  17. Thinking of Eleni and so pleased she is back home. What beautiful fabric colours. It's going to look stunning.

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  18. I so agree about the "100 % in". Keeping Eleni and all of you in mind.

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  19. The blocks look great. Happy to hear Eleni is home, I can't imagine how stressful that is. Simple sewing = great stress reducer.

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  20. I 'check' you each day and keep you and your baby in my prayers. The solice we find in quilting is unsurpassed! I'm so glad that you have this colorful outlet - nice job!

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  21. I love your plus blocks!
    I'm glad to hear Eleni is back home. Positive thoughts coming your way.

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  22. Go play with the colors. Enjoy.

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  23. Like your 100% theory.
    Glad Eleni is back home; prayers and blessings to you and your family.

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  24. I don't know how you have the energy to sew or write anything, much less these beautiful pieces you post! But I am glad you are able to eek out moments with lovely colors for even short stretches of time. Your sweet family continues in my prayers. May the Lord give you the strength and grace as you need it day by day.

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  25. Keeping all you in my prayers.

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  26. The plus quilt will be gorgeous. I'm sure you are worn out mentally and physically with the stress so I'm glad you decided to go with an "all in" approach on your quilt. Sending all the best thoughts and prayers your way.

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  27. beautiful choices on the plus quilt!mary

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  28. Oh Rachel, I am so sorry you are going through this. You and your sweet Eleni. I wish SO MUCH that there was more I could do to help. I never feel I have the right words. I think of you so often! Sending love and prayers!

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  29. Yours is the first blog I look for in my blog feed to see how you, your family and baby Eleni are doing. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

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  30. You amaze me with your energy. Having done months of NICU and then a return visit, I can clearly remember being absolutely wiped out. Dishes and laundry and really nothing else - and I only had one! How you have been finishing projects, plus having three kiddos underfoot is amazing. Must be very therapeutic : ) Love the color in your blocks here - and I especially love Jenny's comment about them looking like kisses!

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  31. You amaze me with your energy. Having done months of NICU and then a return visit, I can clearly remember being absolutely wiped out. Dishes and laundry and really nothing else - and I only had one! How you have been finishing projects, plus having three kiddos underfoot is amazing. Must be very therapeutic : ) Love the color in your blocks here - and I especially love Jenny's comment about them looking like kisses!

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  32. You amaze me with your energy. Having done months of NICU and then a return visit, I can clearly remember being absolutely wiped out. Dishes and laundry and really nothing else - and I only had one! How you have been finishing projects, plus having three kiddos underfoot is amazing. Must be very therapeutic : ) Love the color in your blocks here - and I especially love Jenny's comment about them looking like kisses!

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  33. I so admire your fortitude in the face of such heartache, I wish you kindness for your heart and all your loved ones. I am praying for you and yours. Your quilt in your last post is so beautiful and beauty gives us respite from sorrow. Being able to use our hands to make something is a blessing in itself.

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