September 17, 2018

Blogger's Quilt Festival ~ Atypical Angles ~ Fall 2018

It's that time of the year, time for the fall 2018 edition of the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy of Amy's Creative Side. Bloggers can share two quilts of their choosing by writing a separate blog post for each quilt and linking to the festival link party.

This is Atypical Angles which was the Modern Quilt Guild's July 2018 Quilt of the Month.

The isosceles triangle blocks were assembled log-cabin style using provided templates in two sizes.

I've labeled the skill level as challenging since the quilt top was pieced in diagonal rows which allows the triangles to be shifted to your liking.  Can you identify the diagonal rows?

Atypical Angles was all quilted on my Bernina 153 using the walking foot in parallel lines.  In the background, I used Aurifil cotton 40wt and inside the triangles Aurifil 50wt was used.  In the quilt stats below you will find the Aurifil weights and colors used for Atypical Angles. 

I changed the direction of the the quilting and varied the width of parallel lines in each section of the quilt for interest.

There was a lot of marking and quilt wrangling when quilting Atypical Angles.  Tying off and burying threads is not my favorite, so, many times, I traveled over previously quilted lines and turned the quilt back and forth where I could.  That way, one entire section could be quilted at a time without burying any threads.

I loved working with the Modern Batiks by Studio E Fabrics.  I was instantly drawn to the Pencil Dashes in Lime when I saw it in my local Bernina quilt shop.  The background Triangles in Light Gray.  The binding is Triangles in Peacock.

Here's another shot taken at the same industrial building.  I thought the roll-up door in three shades of gray was interesting but I ended up using the same painted wall shown in this post and this one.

I'm excited that Atypical Angles will be hanging at QuiltCon 2019 taking place in Nashville, TN.

Many thanks to Cheryl (Meadow Mist Designs) for drawing the pattern illustrations and to Cheryl and Patty (Elm Street Quilts) for reading through the pattern and offering suggestions.

If you are a member of the MQG, Atypical Angles is available here on the MQG new website.

Quilt Stats
  • Finished size: 52" x 70" 
  • Pattern: Atypical Angles - MQG July 2018 Quilt of the Month 
  • Fabrics: Studio E Modern Batiks referenced above
  • Thread: Aurifil 50wt in Medium Gray 2605 for piecing; Aurifil  40wt in Medium Gray 2605 for quilting the background; and Aurifil 50wt in Light Leaf Green 1147 and Dark Turquoise 4182 for quilting the triangles.    
  • Quilting design: parallel lines in various widths  
  • Batting: 100% Cotton Warm & White by the Warm Company
  • Completed: July 1, 2018

Please visit the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side taking place September 17 - 24, 2018 where you can post two of your quilts (new blog posts written this week) and see the other beautiful quilts entered in the festival.


September 6, 2018

Modern Plus Sampler ➕ Small Plus Area

Welcome to the September instructions for the Modern Plus Sampler!

This month's instructions are the most time consuming of the entire quilt along, but next month in October we are only making one quick block.  Therefore, you really have two full months to make all of the small plus blocks.

Modern Plus Sampler

The Modern Plus Sampler will run from July 2018 until April 2019 with a set of directions revealed the first Thursday of every month. The quilt is a large lap sized quilt finishing at about 63" x 78".

The instructions are published within this post (right after these few announcements) and are available in an easy to print pdf format:

 Additionally, the directions and all of the other information related to the sampler quilt can always be found on the Modern Plus Sampler Page.

Social Media 
I encourage you to join the Cheryl's  Meadow Mist Designs Facebook Group (if you have not already).  There is now have over 3,300 members in the group and we are so excited to see your progress!

If you want some feedback on possible fabric choices or have any questions during the quilt along, the Facebook is an excellent resource.  You can find the Facebook Group right here.  Please share your progress pics on social media with the hashtag #ModernPlusSamplerQuilt and tag me at @QuiltedBlooms and Cheryl @MeadowMistDesigns.

And now without further ado....August's instructions...

Small Plus Area

Cutting Instructions
Tip: These fabric cutting sizes are from “instructions for individual block makers - actual size blocks”. If you would prefer to make oversized blocks and then trim them down to size, you can use the “instructions for group block makers - oversized blocks” on page 38.


Cut 9 strips 2 1/4" x WOF.
     1. Sub-cut the strips into 160 squares 2 ¼" x 2 ¼", each strip can yield 18 squares.

Cut 5 strips 1 1/2" x WOF.
     1. Sub-cut the strips into 160 rectangles 1 ½" x 1 ¼", each strip can yield 32 rectangles.


Cut 7 strips 1 1/2" × WOF.
     1. Sub-cut 4 strips into 40 rectangles 1 ½" × 3 ½", each strip can yield 11 rectangles.
     2. Sub-cut 3 strips into 80 squares 1 ½" × 1 ½", each strip can yield 27 squares.

Piecing Instructions
Use the “instructions for individual block makers - actual size blocks” from the Signature Plus pattern on page 40.

Use the fabric C pieces for the “red fabric” pieces and the fabric D pieces for the “white fabric” pieces make 40 small plus blocks 5" x 5".

Cheryl and I can't wait to see your small plus signs!!

Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the Modern Plus Sampler!

The next set of instructions will be published on the first Thursday of October (the 4th).

August 31, 2018

EQ Design Challenge ➕ Button Plus

I read about EQ's design challenge using Fandangle earlier this month and downloaded the free fabric immediately.  Don't you just love FREE fabric?

And, while I didn't design a quilt specifically for the challenge, I decided to play around with the Fandangle fabrics in EQ.

Just for fun, this is the mini quilt design I made for the the Fandangle Blog Hop using the applique pattern from Modern Plus Sign Quilts, Cute as a Button.

And, this is the actual mini quilt.  I do believe the scale is identical.  There are more photos in my post here for the Fandangle Blog Hop. 

I almost used this version where the background of the center square was the beaded curtain print also.  I ended up using triangle trinkets since there was still good contrast with the button applique from confetti crosshatch in teal.

The deadline to enter your EQ design rendered in Fandangle is today.  There's still time...all you need to do is design a quilt in EQ8, EQ7, EQStitch or EQ Mini and follow a couple of other rules.  All the details are in the link-up post found here.  You could possibly win the fabric to make your design.