Monday, July 27, 2015

Plus, Plus:: a finished quilt

plus, plus (a scrappy Kona quilt)

My dad loves that maxim, "How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time."  With so much to do pulling me in all sorts of different directions (and I know you feel that way too), there are times when I wonder how anything will ever get done.  Truly done.  All the way, completely resolved, fully done.

I was about to start this post with "one thing at a time" and then I remembered, ironically, that while I attached the binding to this quilt I was also on the phone with a longtime friend, planning a trip to California this December for ABM lessons...  So, perhaps, my new motto is:  At least two things at a time!  Ha.

plus, plus (a scrappy Kona quilt)

Quilts can be finished.  And this one is.  Ahhhhh.  I'll enjoy it.

plus, plus (a scrappy Kona quilt)

Making this simple plus quilt was just what I needed.  I challenged myself to work within a limited color scheme, as all included solids are from Kona Cotton's 2014 color release.  At the same time, I comforted myself with a relaxed use of scraps for those "plus" centers.   And you know what?  The quilt turned out rather better than I imagined!  I think the dark plusses and black/white prints are key to my feelings about the finished work.  It has a bright, funky vibe for sure!

plus, plus (a scrappy Kona quilt)

For the back I used a large piece of Denyse Schmidt Florence, one of Anna Maria's Folk Song florals and a leftover plus block framed in Kona Malibu.

plus, plus (a scrappy Kona quilt)

The quilting is all over free motioned loops.  I do my loops in rows across the quilt, which is easier on my brain than nesting them together like a stipple design.  Loopy rows are a great first free motion pattern, by the way.  Do try!

plus, plus (a scrappy Kona quilt)

Kona cottons used:  Grasshopper, Pickle, Niagra, Malibu, Gumdrop, Nectarine, Sangria, Goldfish, Grellow, Titanium, Limestone and Latte.  You can find these colors at Canton Village Quilt Works!

Binding:  100% scrappy binding leftovers

Finished size:  56" x 64"

Make your own with my tutorial!

Plus, Plus is now listed in my Etsy shop



26 comments:

  1. It's beautiful, and I just love the back too. Nice work! You've inspired me to take another look at the two plus/cross blocks I made while horsing around a few months ago...

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  2. Gorgeous as always! And if you are ever in need of somewhere to stay in the San Diego area, you are welcome to our guest room!

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  3. The more I see this layout, the more I like it! Great finish, way to chip away at it, a little at a time. :)

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  4. Beautiful! I love the loopy row quilting!

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  5. Such a cheerful quilt ~ love the pattern and Love the rustic backdrop for your quilt photos.

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  6. It's pretty great! Glad you were so happy with the way it turned out.

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  7. I love this quilt! I have been trying to get my quilting mojo back! I think this is the quilt that will do it!

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  8. The pattern pluses in contrast with the solids is great!!!

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  9. Love your plus quilt and the half pluses give it just the right moment to catch ones attention!

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  10. Love it, it's full of positive energy!! Love the scrappy binding x

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  11. It's a wonderful FO and I hope someone snaps it right up from the shop.

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  12. Dear Rachel, I like your sewing. Really! But this quilt is number one! :) I like the "plus" pattern and this one looks very very nice. Thank you for sharing it with us. Jola

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  13. Well done -- and already sold. Good for you!

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  14. Love it, love it, love it! I especially love the block on the back.
    Some quilts just really hit the spot! :)

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  15. Fabulous finish. I really love this quilt. I love that you offset the rows which gives it movement. I love the simple but effective quilting and I love that it's so bold and bright. I am also a massive fan of your father's words of wisdom - I find myself repeating that mantra to myself nearly daily these days. Hope you're having a fabulous day! <3

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  16. Hi Rachel. I have a visual memory when I do two things - so when I look at something later, I remember both things right there, making something, and coping with a challenge, or anticipating something. It just happens that way,
    I like this finish, and it is already gone from your shop!
    Now you have to make another as I am sure you disappointed a few that got the advance notice!!
    I used to do ten things at the same time and never give it a thought.
    Now, I have to check and be sure I still have both feet on the ground, and not forget anything.
    I keep all of you in my prayers, daily♥️

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  17. Your plus plus quilt turned out wonderfully. Thanks for sharing yet another idea for quilting across the quilt. This works better for me too. The first time I tried it was after seeing looped eights that you used on another quilt. I'll try it really soon.I have a charity quilt I need to quilt up soon.

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  18. This is so beautiful ;c) I LOVE the back. I think I'd have a problem deciding which side to show more of! You really have a wonderful eye for color layout and combinations. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  19. I really want to try free motion quilting and the loopy rows look doable. Thanks for the tip!

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  20. I love the color and composition of this quilt! I too also feel that free motion loops are easier than stippling!

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  21. Beautiful!... "Quilts can be finished", I like that!

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  22. Very fun quilt! I like the blocks off-set. Good luck with the pineapple. I paper pieced one several years ago. It took forever to pull that paper off!

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  23. What a beautiful finish! I love seeing your works in progress move along to completion. The finishes are always lovely.

    What part of California will you be in? I'd love to find a way to help you during your stay if you are nearby, even if it's just to bring you Starbucks. xoxo

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    1. Thanks! It would be neat to meet more quilty friends in the flesh. I will be in the Bay area, specifically San Rafael. Are you nearby?

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