While I’m giving The Carter Quilt a chance to relax and release some of its wrinkles, I decided I would go against my not-so-hard rule about starting new projects.
This is a simple one, though, and I’ve set a deadline for the top to be finished by my April guild meeting. Here’s where we start:
If any of you have been on my modern quilts Pinterest board, it won’t take you too long to see that I love plus-sign quilts. (Check it out for inspiration, I’ve got nearly 800 pins of quilty goodness!)
I’ve wanted to make one for quite awhile, and after I saw the large plus sign from Ashley over at Film in the Fridge, I knew it would be the perfect way to use some old large scale prints I had from my traditional fabric stash. These were from Sharon Yenter at In The Beginning, a great fabric store in Seattle that, sadly, is no longer in business.
I originally intended to use these fabrics in a blended medallion quilt that had a very Napoleonic look to it, but one of the things I love about the modern quilting movement is using traditional fabrics in non-traditional ways. And plus-sign quilts are a pretty quick cut and sew.
What’s making this go faster is that I’m not obsessing (hard to believe!) about what colors go where. This is just cut it, slap it on the board and get sewing.
This is the binding as well as a couple of plus signs. I just love the way stripes in binding look, don’t you? The style is so Empire, it reminds me of the kind of fabric Josephine would have had on one of her many boudoir chaises.
I hope to have the rest of the plus signs and partial pluses cut out and ready to go for a major sew-in this weekend. I’ll also have a few photos from this past Saturday’s Quilter’s Day Out in Louisville, Ky. Our guild had a primo spot and got nearly 50 emails from people interested in joining!
Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.