Modern Plus Sign Quilts Blog Hop – Signature Plus

When Paige Alexander (Quilted Blooms) and Cheryl Brickey (Meadow Mist Designs) asked me to be part of the blog hop for their new book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts, I was absolutely overjoyed. I’ve never done something like this before and was so honored they asked.  I’ve followed both of them for some time and really respect their work.

They sent the blog hoppers photos of the quilts in the book and asked us to choose the quilts we were interested in.  I had no problem finding a quilt I wanted to make – there were several!  I looked at the quilts with an eye toward using a big bunch of Alison Glass fat quarters I had been hoarding…uh, saving…and think I found a good one with the Signature Plus quilt.

In the book the Signature Plus quilt has a red background with white plusses that can be used for signatures.  Cool idea for a wedding or reunion quilt, and I love the red and white of the original.









However I decided to go full on color with my version!

This was my fabric pull.  I considered white for the background, but went with a grey fabric instead.  I tried out a few solid greys, but ultimately found this woven fabric that had a really great texture – it is a black Chambray fabric from Andover.

From there I made lots and lots (and lots!) of plusses.  That kept me pretty busy for most of the holiday break.  It seems I didn’t take many piecing-in-action photos, but I think you know what that looks like!

I got the top together reasonably quickly and was off to figure out a quilting plan.  I really wanted to highlight the Alison Glass prints in the plusses, so I chose my quilting designs to pull the color plusses.

This is a close up of the quilting as I worked on it.  I did diagonal lines between the big plusses, filled those with figure 8s, and then filled in the space around the small plusses with some free motion.

Here she is all finished – I call her Glass Plus:

a close up:

We went for a weekend getaway to Northern New Mexico one weekend right as I finished the binding and I got to take some photos:

and this kind of funny outtake of my husband trying to hold it up – I don’t love the shadow, but the clouds are so pretty:

Thanks again to Paige and Cheryl for the opportunity to participate in the blog hop and the opportunity to make one of their quilts. I had a great time making the quilt and love how it came out!

Glass Plus, final details:
Size:  63″ wide by 80″ long
Quilted with SoFine #50, color #408 – a medium grey
nearly 375,000 quilting stitches

Buy the Book!
If you buy it from Cheryl or Paige they will sign it for you:
Cheryl Etsy:
Paige Etsy:

Please go visit the other blogs for more versions of the quilts!


Monday, March 12th
Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Tuesday, March 13th
Soma @ Whims and Fancies
Ann @ Brown Paws Quilting  <——YOU ARE HERE!!!
Kitty @ Night Quilter
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod
Shelley @ The Carpenters Daughter Who Quilts 

Wednesday, March 14th
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch
Abigail @ Cut & Alter
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th
Linda @ Flourishing Palms
Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Liz @ Savor Every Stitch
Stacey @ Stacey In Stitches
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
Patty @ Elm Street Quilts
Melanie @ A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog 

Friday, March 16th
Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts
Ruth @ Charly and Ben’s Crafty Corner
Christa @ Christa Quilts 

Monday, March 19th
Jessica @ Quilty Habit
Cindy @ Hyacinth Quilt Designs
Jennifer @ The Inquiring Quilter
Julie @ The Crafty Quilter 

Tuesday, March 20th
Tish @ Tish N Wonderland
Judy @ Sew Some Sunshine
Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
Wanda @ Wanda’s Life Sampler
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good 

Wednesday, March 21st
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Kate @ Smiles from Kate
Sue @ Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Carole @ From My Carolina Home
Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts 

Thursday, March 22nd
Debbie @ Esch House Quilts
Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
Janice @ Color Creating and Quilting
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne 

Friday, March 23rd
Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

This was on my Q1’18 FAL list, so I’ll link up there at the end of March.







Hazel the Hedgehog

I just love these critter quilts.  I did Dwight the Dear last year, and also bought the patterns for Bjorn the Bear and the Fancy Forest.  The Fancy Forest pattern package has Hazel the Hedgehog in it, and I couldn’t resist making a bunch of Hazel blocks.

Man there are a bunch of little pieces in a Hazel block!  I used my Me+You batiks for the hedgehog spines and was careful to organize as I cut:


I did the piecing mainly over the holiday break and then sat on the blocks for a few months while I finished another project.  I whipped them out this weekend, put them together, and got them quilted.

Here is a close up of the quilting – it is a very simple, open pattern called Raindrops.  I just bought a bunch of colors of SoFine #50 and used a light blue thread for both the front and back.  I think it blends in well.

The back – it is an Art Gallery print:

Some more fun shots


I love my Hazels and I might be tempted to make more but man, they took some time to get together!  For now, Hazel is heading off to Hawaii to meet my new nephew.

Final Hazel details –

25 total Hazel blocks, final measurement 40″ wide by 45″ long.

Quilted with SoFine #50, color 519 in the top and the bobbin.

Close to 25,000 quilting stitches – quilted on my Avante with the Prostitcher using the Raindrops E2E pattern from UrbanElementz (a free download!)


This was on my Q1’18 FAL list, so I’ll link up there at the end of March.

Also linking up with Wednesday Wait loss and Let’s Bee Social.

Wednesday Wait Loss


Scrappy Strips Block Tutorial

I am the Queen Bee for my group in February.  When the schedule came out in early December, I decided that this year I really wanted to create my own block.  I then proceeded to spend nearly 2 months trying to figure out what block to make!  I started to play around a bit to find a design I like, and I think I came up with a good one.

I’ve seen several postings on Pinterest showing how to use up scraps, and I always found the projects that put together scraps into long strips using receipt tape cool (like this).  I thought I’d start with that idea.

I have a bin I keep above my cutting table for scraps, so I pulled the bin down.

The examples I’ve seen use paper (receipt tape) for the piecing.  I didn’t want to have to tear off all of the paper so I used muslin instead.

To do this yourself, begin by cutting the muslin into 2″ strips then string the strips into one long piece.  From there, start pulling out scraps.  The scraps can be of any size – they just have to be wide enough to cover the 2″ strip.  Below you can see my long muslin strip, and my scraps of different sizes covering the muslin.

I used a thread catcher – a small piece of fabric at the end of the piecing – rather than having to cut lengths of thread before and after every scrap.

After a scrap is added to the strip, fold it, finger press it back, and pin it down to the muslin.  You don’t need to bother to press each scrap as you go.

Place the new scrap on top of the last one and sew it down.  Don’t worry too much about wavy edges – you can always cut it down to a 1/4″ seam after you sew it.

Keep adding scraps to the strip until you get a good length of scrappy strip.  I was working on this during the NFL playoffs and made 4 yards of scrappy strip during the first half of one game!

This is a strip after piecing all the scraps on to the muslin, but before trimming:

Once you get your strip to the length you want, trip it down to the width of the muslin:

After the trimming, the scrappy strip looks like this:

Now that you have a long length of scrappy strip, it’s time to use that strip to make a block.

For my Bee block, I’d prefer blocks that have at least 2 scrappy strips on them, in any configuration you like.  One option is to make a cross block.  To make a 12.5″ block with two scrappy strips, you will need at least 26″ of scrappy strips – probably best to do a full yard.  Make your scrappy strips on a 2″ muslin strip to yield a 1.5″ strip for the finished block.

As the finished block should be 12.5″, start with an all white block that is at least 12.5″ big.  I often have problems getting the block to be big enough in the end, so I find it best to cut my starting piece quite a bit bigger than what I want the finished piece to be.  In this case, starting with a 14″ square will likely give plenty of extra space.

Cut the white square at an angle you like:

Cut a scrappy strip to a length to cover the cut you made, then sew the strip to both halves of the block:

Cut the block in half again on another angle, then cut a scrappy strip to cover the block length.  Sew the scrappy strip to one half of the block:

I often have a hard time getting the cross to match up on the other side, so I developed this method. Use a small ruler to continue to the line of the cross from one side of the block to the edge.  Place a pin in the fabric where the ruler meets the edge of the fabric.  Repeat this on the other side of the strip.

Place the other half of the block over the placement pins, and pin the strip in place (remembering your 1/4″ seam allowances!).

Sew the strip in place and press the block.

This is the finished cross block:

For the Bee block, you don’t need to do a cross.  You can do any design of strips across a solid white background that you like.  For my second block, I started with two strips running across the block:

I didn’t love this – I thought there was too much white space.  I cut it in half and added another strip:

…and I like it much better!

These are my two finished blocks, and I’m pretty happy with them:


I hope you enjoy doing the block.  If you aren’t in my Bee group, I hope you try making scrappy strips and some fun improv blocks.  I’d love to see what you make!



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