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.







2018 Goal Setting

We are heading in to the New Year, so time to set some goals for 2018.  Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl is  hosting a Linky Party for 2018 Goal Setting, so I’m spending some time reflecting on 2017 and looking forward to 2018.

Looking Back – 2017

Going into 2017, I said that my word(s) for the year were ‘Settle In’, as I had a lot of change in 2016 and really wanted to get into a routine and into a groove.  I wanted to find some balance, make time to sew, and get really comfortable and skilled with the things that I was doing.  Now, at the end of the year, I think I’ve done pretty well.  My ‘new’ job, after a 23 year career at another employer, is now almost a year and a half old and I’m getting adjusted to my routine.  At the end of 2016 I had also just bought a long arm, and I’m feeling a lot more comfortable with it as well.

These were my goals –

Long Term Goals:

  1. Find a good balance between work and life and make sure I keep making time to sew.  Getting a bit more physical activity and losing a few pounds wouldn’t be a bad idea either!  UPDATE:  I’m doing pretty well finding time to sew.  I have NOT done well with the physical activity/losing pounds thing.  I’d really like to find a way to get back to doing yoga.
  2. Continue to try new things with my quilting.  Learn new skills, make things that are outside my norm and my comfort zone.  UPDATE:  I’ve done pretty well here too.  I’ve worked a bunch with my long arm, and taken a lot of classes – online with Craftsy, in person with Angela Walters, and I joined a monthly long arming club at my local shop that focused on rulers.  I have also been playing with EQ7, and now EQ8, to try and get more into design.

Short Term Goals:

  1. Long arm, long arm, long arm.  I want to get very comfortable and capable with my new big machine!  I’m taking an Angela Walters class in March that should help.  UPDATE: I did really well here.  I love my long arm and am happy with the work I’m doing.  I set up my business, Brown Paws Quilting LLC and am looking for customers!
  2. Figure out something to do with all of these quilts!  I will be making some donations, but I’m also considering opening an Etsy store.  UPDATE:  I’ll be making a Project Linus donation and hope to set up an Etsy shop in 2018.
  3. Do less BOMs and quilt alongs this year and do more of my own designing.  I joined a monthly design group that should push me to do this.  UPDATE:  No real progress here.  The monthly group wasn’t as helpful with the designing as I hoped it would be.  I’ve done a few things, like my plans for my cat quilt, but mostly I’ve been wrapped up with finishing a bunch of older projects and practicing my long arm.
  4. Keep up with my Bee group.  I’m in a group with some great folks from my New Blogger’s group.   I’ve never done a Bee, so it should be fun.  UPDATE:  This went really well, and we are planning another year together!

Projects on the list:

  1. Sugar Block Club BOM layout and finish – DONE!
  2. Splendid Sampler layout and finish – DONE!
  3. Death Star quilt – DONE!
  4. Blueberry park Drunkard’s Path – DONE!
  5. Hawaiian batik sampler – no progress – but I may have a use for it now…
  6. My embroidered Bee quilt – on the long arm now!
  7. Other stash projects – I have a large amount of fun bundles I have purchased that I need to get working on (more Blueberry Park, some Alison Glass, Me+You batiks, some Grunge…) – some progress – I’ll do more with these in 2018.
  8. Long arm practice quilts (rings, funky squares, Circa 1934 Squares, mess-of-a-quilt) – all of these are DONE!
Looking Forward – 2018

For 2018, my word of the year is Grow – as in build or develop.  I feel like I set up a good base in 2017 and now it’s time to really branch into some new things.

Long Term Goals – keeping these the same, because they are pretty good ones!

  1. Find a good balance between work and life and make sure I keep making time to sew.  Getting a bit more physical activity and losing a few pounds wouldn’t be a bad idea either!
  2. Continue to try new things with my quilting.  Learn new skills, make things that are outside my norm and my comfort zone.

Short Term Goals:

  1. Design some quilts.  I’d really like to push myself and make some original things this year.  I think I have a mental block about designing and am making it too hard.  This year I want to push myself to get over this hump.  I am the Queen of my Bee group in February, and this year I will design my own block.
  2. Submit my designs, either full quilts or just blocks, for publication.  I don’t care if they are accepted or not – I just want to get them designed, created, and put myself out there and submit them.
  3. Build my long arm customer base.  I’ve started my business and have had a few customers, but I’d really like to do more.
  4. Learn to use my new camera.  I got a new DSLR camera for Christmas to help me take better photos.  I have absolutely no idea how to use it, so it fits well into my ‘grow’ mantra for the year!

I’m still playing around with this Cat Quilt idea I sketched out a few months ago:

Projects on the list:

  1. Finish the Bee-u-tiful Quilt along quilt – it is on the frame now and close to done.
  2. A secret project that I need to get done by mid-March.  I get to use my Alison Glass stash, so it will be cool!
  3. My Hazel the Hedgehog quilt.
  4. My Hawaiian Batik blocks – need to figure out how I want to put these blocks together and get the top done.
  5. Another baby quilt – I think I have until June…?
  6. Finish and quilt up my Dog quilt from the 2016 Bee Inspired group.
  7. Work up the Cat Quilt.
  8. From there, my docket is clear to design new things.  Now to just generate some ideas…?

I’m looking forward to a good time in 2018, learning new things, and finally getting over the designing hump!  Do you have any suggestions or words of wisdom?  Leave me a comment!

Linking up with the 2018 Planning Party.

Drunken Blueberry Quilt Finish

I have an unhealthy addition to Karen Lewis fabrics, and Blueberry Park in particular.  Any time I see it for sale I buy more of it.  At this point I think I have it in every color – all the blues/greens, reds/oranges/yellows, and yes, even all the greys/tans/blacks.  It is really pretty stuff.  🙂

I found an old template set for drunkard’s path blocks I don’t even remember buying, pulled out the blues/greens, and just started to put together blocks.  I love the blocks, but I had a really hard time getting up the motivation to finish the top.  I let it sit almost a year, but recently got my act in gear and    pieced the top together.

After getting the top together, I loaded it up pretty quickly.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the quilting, but I figured if I got it loaded up it would push me make a decision.

I knew I wanted to do something with the blue/green color pieces to tie them together and give the ‘route’ taken a sense of movement.  I also didn’t want to do so much quilting in those pieces that it would take away from the beautiful fabric.

I pulled out a few of the rulers I bought recently to find the right shapes to do an echo around and a continuous curve inside the blue/green pieces.  I came up with this:

For the background, I decided to do some improv quilting to get some nice texture:

I split the background into 3 sections moving across the quilt, with leaves on the right, swirls in the center and paisleys on the left.  I also added some feathers randomly here and there because, hey, feathers are cool.

Here is the final finished quilt:

Some close ups:

Here is the back – this isn’t a very interesting picture, but I love the polka-dot fabric:

This one of the back is cooler, with the front shining through:

Final Details – Drunken Blueberry Quilt

55″ wide by 66″ long

Quilted using So Fine #50, #503  (a light gray) in the top and bobbin.  Over 168,000 quilting stitches.

Pretty day in December to take outdoor quilt photos!

Linking up with Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter and Let’s be Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.



This was also on my Q4 FAL list, so I will link up there at the end of the quarter.






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