February 16, 2018

Modern Plus Sign Quilts + Candy Plus Pillow Tutorial Link

The much anticipated wait is over and the book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts, is out in the real world.  Cheryl and I hope you enjoy making the 16 projects in the book as much as we did.



We started tossing around ideas back in the spring of 2015 and I'm happy to share a couple of projects which include traditional piecing...

Bear Claw Plus was designed by Cheryl, pieced by me and beautifully quilted by Johellen George.  I just love the secondary pattern formed when the blocks are joined together.
Foundation paper piecing... like Kaleidoscope Plus designed, pieced and quilted by Cheryl.



And, of course, my favorite... applique.  This is Cute as a Button which was designed and made by me.


Signed copies of Modern Plus sign quilts are available from...

+  Quilted Blooms Designs Esty Shop

Meadow Mist Designs Etsy Shop

And unsigned copies from the following retailers...

Poor Richard's Booksellers in Easley, SC

+  Amazon (affiliate link)

C&T Publishing (Stash Books) where you will find the Ebook version too

+  Indigo in Canada

Booktopia in Austrailia


Candy Plus Block and Pillow

Until you can get your copy of Modern Plus Sign Quilts, head on over to the C&T Publishing Blog where you will find a free tutorial for Candy Plus, a 20" block design which can be made into a pillow, mini quilt, or incorporated several blocks into a quilt.



My version is made from Cotton and Steel prints and two solids, Kona Snow and Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Cream.  The plus sign is made from my cherished Indigo dyed fabric from the class I took with Maura of Folk Fibers at QuiltCon 2017 in the Savannah at SCAD.



The tutorial can be found here (coming soon) and Cheryl's original Candy Plus can be found here. Cheryl is offering two more plus sign designs when you sign up for the Meadow Mist Designs newsletter here.

Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Hop

And stay tuned because on Monday, March the 12th, the Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Hop will be kicking off.  We have 40+ bloggers joining us! Each of the bloggers will be sharing a version of a book quilt they made and there will be prizes for each day of the 10 day hop. I hope that you will follow along!

February 7, 2018

Wayward Transparency Final Layout

I finished the quilt top for the the Wayward Transparency Quilt Along hosted by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl.


I had a hard time deciding on a layout and when I asked for opinions on Instagram, overwhelmingly #1 was chosen over #2.  And, by choosing the the first layout, I didn't have to worry about cutting any points off when piecing the final four blocks together.  But I really loved how the blocks interacted in the center.


You can read about the fabrics here, and I still may add a plain border from the chartreuse.  But for now, I'm considering it finished and I'm joining the other 100 Wayward Transparency projects in the Wayward Transparency Finish Link Up.  Go check them out!

Yvonne, thank you for hosting the quilt along and supporting this wonderful quilting community!

January 22, 2018

The Road to QuiltCon 2018

Oh, was I ever relieved to be notified by text message from the USPS that my QuiltCon entries made the 2,350 mile journey and arrived safely in Los Angeles in just two days.

It took longer than expected to make and sew on three hanging sleeves and two handwritten quilt labels to my quilts.  And then, the day I was planning to go to the post office this happened.  Snow and Ice!  It wasn't a lot of snow, but just enough to cripple the south.


Bald Eagle to Buzzard was juried into the Small Quilts category by default because of the the size, less than 36" on any size.  It was originally made for the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild's Birds in the Air Challenge.

If you spot it at QuiltCon step in a little closer and you will see the quilted bird names I added when just the straight line quilting was a little bleh!


It's no secret, I love a good challenge and was thrilled to find out that Casting Shadows was selected for the Michael Miller Our Yard Fabric Challenge.
 
I cut the challenge fabric with the Quick Curve Ruler and added some bias tape which was made from Cotton Couture in Clementine.  It was so nice and flat, I hated to fold it for shipping.


Casting Shadows also has some machine applique, another love of mine.  And, I managed to cut and piece the binding to match the curve of the applique.  I'll share more details about this one at a later date.


Casting Shadows is made 100% with Michael Miller fabrics, from the backing to the label and even the hanging sleeve.  It was made from leftover challenge fabric, the Michael Miller Glitz Challenge which I never thought I would use again.  You can see my challenge here, Barcelona


Positively Transparent will also be on display as part of the MQG's Quilt of the Month program.  It was the August pattern available to all members of the MQG.  I shipped it earlier, so it's already there.


And last but not least, I most excited about Plus Surround hanging at QuiltCon.  You see, Plus Surround is a quilt from our book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts, co-authored with Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs.

This is the photo of Plus Surround I submitted with my QuiltCon entry.  I didn't even realize there was glare coming in from the window.


I photograph my quilts on my design wall on the most sunny day possible.  I take a bunch of shots and pick out the best one.  Here's what looked like that day.


Here you can see the detail of some of the quilting.  I quilted radiating lines out from the central plus sign using Aurifil 50wt and then filled in with a different quilting motifs taught by Christina Cameli in one of her Craftsy classes, Free-Motion Quilting Essentials.


Modern Plus Sign Quits is due out any day now, but until then, you can pre-order the book through the Meadow Mist Designs Etsy Shop and Cheryl will throw in one of her printed patterns of your choosing for free!

If you are going to QuiltCon in Pasadena, CA, let me know in the comments.  I would love to see you there!