|Sundae Plus in the pines with farm implements|
Back on January 10th in my blog post when I declared finishing this plus sign baby quilt as my One Monthly Goal for January, I had 3 weeks to finish and, at the time, that seemed reasonable. It seems like I ran into one obstacle or another along the way but I managed to finish on time.
I was working with limited fabric and I miss cut the border fabric. You can see the finished top in the measure twice, cut once blog post. By adding the border and using the same border fabric for some of the squares along the outside edge, I tried to make it appear as though the plus signs were floating.
I found this great backing fabric on the flat fold table. But once I brought it home and washed it, I noticed this visible faded line along the fold. I got a really good deal on the fabric and could not be upset.
|Faded Gypsy Girl fabric along fold line due to exposure to light|
I knew I could not use the fabric as the backing in one piece and was not about to go buy more fabric. What could I do? I remembered a pattern I reviewed for Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs called Check Plus which was published in the Nov/Dec 2014 issue of Quilty Magazine. It is really two patterns in one. Since my quilt was much smaller, I reduced the scale of the back to fit to the baby quilt. The pattern can be purchased on the Fons and Porter website here.
|Nested plus sign block from Check Plus pattern by Cheryl Brickey|
Here is the pieced back where I still used the fabric, avoiding the fade line and still kept the pattern in check.
|Pieced back from Check Plus pattern by Cheryl Brickey|
Now I was ready to layer it and get to quilting. I struggled with a quilting design and decided on an all over echoing leaf design. You can see the quilting more from the back. Here is a picture when I was sewing on the binding.
|Sewing on the binding by machine and quiting detail|
Since this quilt was for a baby and would be washed more often, I decided to sew the binding on by machine. I followed the machine stitched binding tutorial by Rita @ Red Pepper Quilts. She suggests 2 1/4" binding strips, but, again, I was short on fabric and had to cut mine 2 1/8". I did not have any problems except for one corner where I missed a few stitches and went back and resewed that one spot.
|Small place where I missed catching the binding on the back|
|Machine sewing down the binding and pins placed perpendicular to binding|
|Parting shot of Sundae Plus back and me (taken by uncooperative photographer/husband)|
- Finished size: 33" x 37"
- Pattern: top from 2 1/2" squares with a 3" border
- Backing: Check Plus by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs
- Fabrics: various prints and solids
- Batting: Warm & White by the Warm Company
- Thread: Aurifil 2310 for piecing and quilting
- Completed: January 28, 2016
I am very excited to have met my One Monthly Goal for January 2016. Head on over to see the other goals met at Red Letter Quilts. Thanks Heidi for a great link party.
Also linking up to Finish It Up Friday, Whoop Whoop Friday, Busy Hands Quilts hosting Thank Goodness Its Finished Friday this week, Fabric Frenzy Friday, Whomp! There IT Is and Show Off Saturday.