March 13, 2019

Modern Plus Sign Quilts ➕ Turns One

Happy 1st Birthday to Modern Plus Sign Quilts!  🎂  

A lot planning, stitching, late nights, pattern writing, quilting, reviewing, binding, label making, and much, much more went into this stack of quilts that make up Modern Plus Sign Quilts (and these are not all of them).   



A Trip Down Memory Lane

In some ways, it seems like only yesterday that my UPS driver, Todd, came up the drive with the horn a honking to deliver the first books.  It was January 30, 2018 to be exact.  The sun was shinning brightly or I was just too excited to take the photo.


I unpacked the box and this is my first glance at the actual book and first time I got to hold it in my hands.


Stash Books/C&T Publishing did a fabulous job with the layout and photography of the book. When I open the book, I never tire of the inside front cover which includes my favorite chartreuse green.


Everyone has been so supportive like Leslie, our local quilt shop owner, Bernina We're In Stitches, threw a big book launch celebration party complete with a plus sign cake.


Blogging friends from all over helped to introduce the book by making a quilt from the book for the two week long blog hop taking place in March 2018 which started in this post and wrapped up in this post. Links to the quilts are also at the end of this post.


Modern Plus Sign Quilts is not only poplar with quilters, look who else is enjoying the book. Jennifer's (The Inquiring Quilter) cat knows a good read.



Modern Plus Signs Quilts in the Wild


It all felt real when I spotted Modern Plus Sign Quilts on the shelf of my local Pickens County Library nested between, non other than, Jinny Beyer and Eleanor Burns.




My friend, Anita, spotted Modern Plus Sign Quilts on the shelf at Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon when on her way to Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.


And, Dana, even found Modern Plus Sign Quilts at The Old Country Store in Intercourse, Pa.



Modern Plus Sampler Quilt Along


The Modern Plus Sampler is wrapping up soon, with a reveal party (including tons of prizes) next month. You can find more information and a full pdf of the pattern (book required to make the quilt) right here.

I made this version of the Modern Plus Sampler from mostly Tula Pink fabrics.  



And, I will be sharing the Modern Plus Sampler made from Christa Watson's Fandangle fabric during the parade.  Here's a sneak peak.





Find Modern Plus Sign Quilts



I'm looking forward the birthday #2 for Modern Plus Sign Quilts.  

Now, enjoy all the quilts from the book and variations made by bloggers from the blog hop.






March 7, 2019

Modern Plus Sampler ➕ Reveal Parade Coming Soon

There are no instructions this month for the Modern Plus Sampler so that you have additional time to finish your quilt tops and quilts. 



IMPORTANT DATES

March 28th - Submissions to the quilt parade due (quilt tops or completed quilts)
April 4th - Sampler Quilt reveal parade 


HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR QUILT & BE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES

  • E-mail a picture of the quilt top or finished quilt by Thursday March 28th.
  • Address e-mail to MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com
  • Name your photo with your name as the file name, if possible, such as "Cheryl Brickey.jpg".
  • (optional) Include in your e-mail your location (city, state and/or country) and/or a web address for any related blog posts you would like linked to.
  • Prizes will be randomly awarded to those that participate in the parade.
We have tons of prizes, we are looking forward to seeing your versions of the Sampler!  You can find all of the prizes here.


FULL SAMPLER PATTERN

Now that all of the instructions have been posted, if you would like the instructions for the Sampler together in one pdf file you can download it right here:



February 7, 2019

Modern Plus Sampler ➕ Quilt Top Assembly

We made it!  Here are the quilt top assembly instructions for the Modern Plus Sampler!  




Now that the quilt top instructions are posted, you will have almost two months to complete your quilt tops and/or quilts.  The reveal parade will be on Thursday, April 4th.


IMPORTANT DATES

March 28th - Submissions to the quilt parade due (quilt tops or completed quilts)

April 4th - Modern Plus Sampler reveal parade (the parade will be split into multiple days due to the number of quilts)


HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR QUILT & BE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES

E-mail a picture of the quilt top or finished quilt by Thursday, March 28th to Cheryl.

Address e-mail to MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com

Name your photo with your name as the file name, if possible, such as "Cheryl Brickey.jpg".

(optional) Include in your e-mail your location (city, state and/or country) and/or a web address for any related blog posts you would like linked to.

Prizes from our generous sponsors will be randomly awarded to those that participate in the parade.



Here are the instructions in an easy to print pdf format:



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

Please share your pics on social media with the hashtag #ModernPlusSampler and tag me @QuiltedBlooms and Cheryl @MeadowMistDesigns.



Quilt Top Assembly



You can cut the fabric A rectangles for the first through third sections from 1 strip 5" x WOF and 1 strip 7" x WOF.

FIRST SECTION

Sew together the following blocks and pieces to make a first section 18 ½" x 63".

  •      2 rick rack blocks
  •      1 first partial tribal row
  •      1 second partial tribal row
  •      1 kaleidoscope block
  •      17 small plus blocks
  •      2 fabric A rectangles 5" x 7"







SECOND SECTION

Sew together the following blocks and pieces to make a second section 14" x 63".

  •      1 transparency plus block
  •      1 petal block
  •      1 faceted rings block
  •      6 small plus blocks
  •      2 fabric A rectangles 7" x 14"







THIRD SECTION

Sew together the following blocks and pieces to make a third section 18 ½" x 63".

  •      2 rick rack blocks
  •      1 cute as a button block
  •      1 first partial tribal row
  •      1 second partial tribal row
  •      17 small plus blocks
  •      2 fabric A rectangles 5" x 7"







BORDERS

Cut and sew together 2 fabric A strips 4 ½" x WOF end-to-end and trim to the width of the quilt top (approximately 63"). Repeat to make a total of 2 border pieces. 


ASSEMBLE THE QUILT TOP

Sew the sections together to make the plus sign sampler quilt top, 63" x 78". 





FINISHING

1 Make backing:  Remove selvages from backing fabric (4 ⅞ yards), cut into 2 pieces (approx. 87" x WOF) and sew backing pieces together along the trimmed selvage edges using a ½” seam, pressing the seam open.  Trim backing to approx. 72" x 87".

2 Layer the quilt top, batting, and backing.  Baste and quilt as desired.

3 Cut the binding fabric (¾ yard) into 8 strips 2 ½” x WOF.  Trim off selvages and sew together end-to-end to make the binding.  Bind and enjoy your quilt!