Hi Everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Modern Plus Sign Book Hop. I’m so glad you’re here!
When Cheryl and Paige announced they were putting together this book I was all sorts of excited for them. I first met Cheryl almost 5 years ago when I offered to test one of her patterns. Since then, I’ve tested other patterns written by Cheryl, and she was extremely helpful to me when I released my first pattern, Floating. I’ve always been impressed with Paige’s creativity, and I think these two make a great team.
The book is full of great patterns, and I knew I wanted to make ‘Intertwined’ as soon as I saw it. I’ve wanted to make a plus quilt for about a year now, and I really enjoyed making this version of one. Just look at it!
The fabrics are Flower Mill by Corey Yoder for Moda. This fat quarter bundle has been sitting on my shelf since Quilt Market last spring, just waiting for the perfect pattern to come along. I love the way they work in this quilt, and that the pattern is written for fat quarters.
When trying to decide how to quilt this I really wanted to get all fancy and do lots of custom quilting. In my heart I knew that simple would be better, and straight lines would keep the modern feel of the quilt. But I wasn’t listening to that little voice inside. I should have. Instead, I tried to get all fancy with some free motion flowers and swirls. After about 12 inches of stitching I stopped and ripped it all out. Five minutes of stitching = an hour of unpicking.
Then I decided I would try another panto, since I’d had some success with that last week. Oops! BIG mistake. Again, 5 minutes of stitching = an hour of unpicking.
Finally, I smartened up and paid attention to my inner voice (which by now is screaming at me) and started stitching straight lines. Something I should have done from the beginning.
I used Superior’s Magnifico thread in Fresh Lemon (#2056). Doesn’t that sound yummy?? It looks yummy on this quilt too!
The binding is a stripe from the same line and I am so happy with the way it looks. I love a striped binding, and this one does not disappoint.
I hope you’ll check out this book. It includes 16 fantastic patterns, and loads of helpful information on different techniques such as paper piecing, applique, and traditional piecing. You can purchase your signed copy through Cheryl’s or Paige’s Etsy shops, C&T Publishing or Amazon at these links:
- Cheryl’s Etsy shop
- Paige’s Etsy shop
- Modern Plus Sign Quilts (Amazon)
- Modern Plus Sign Quilts (C&T Publishing)
Cheryl and Paige are hosting giveaways on their blogs for each day of the hop, so be sure to hop over and find out how to enter. You’ll also want to check out all the other stops on the book hop to see all the great projects these bloggers have made:
MODERN PLUS SIGN BOOK HOP SCHEDULE
Thursday, March 15th
Linda @Flourishing Palms
Bernie @Needle and Foot
Liz @Savor Every Stitch
Stacey @Stacey In Stitches
Michelle @From Bolt to Beauty
Patty @Elm Street Quilts
Melanie @A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog
If you’ve read this far you need to be rewarded so I’m posting a couple of outtake photo’s. You might remember I said I was going to the AQS show in Lancaster, PA with my sister. I thought it would be fun to take some pics at her house so I brought the quilt along. Little did I know they were in for a major snowstorm! We got 12-14 inches of snow and didn’t get to go to the show. But we had a lot of fun taking snow pictures with the quilt.
Here’s my fabulous quilt holders – My sister Melissa and her hubby Al:
And Allie, their German Shepherd mix dog (I adore this dog!):
And the best one (IMHO) – me falling in the snow, laughing my butt off, and yelling “Save the quilt!” :
Of course, instead of saving the quilt my brother-in-law is snapping pictures. Even though we missed the quilt show, we have had a great time!