Q1’18 FAL Wrap Up

I’m both really happy with my Q1’18 finishes, and kind of disappointed.  I finished a few really great quilts that I am really proud of, but I also didn’t get to sew (or blog!) as much as I wanted to this quarter.  I had some changes going on at work that kept me away from my sewing room, but I’m hoping I have that under control so I can get more sewing in during Q2’18.

But for now, this was my list for Q1’18:


  • Bee Quilt – I’m about halfway done quilting this guy and should finish it soon.  UPDATE:  DONE!!  I wrote about it here, and it turned out so great!
  • Alison Glass Quilt – I have a secret project that I need to get done by mid/early March.  I have all of the fabric pulled so I need to get cutting, piecing and quilting to get this done.  UPDATE:  DONE!  This was my Glass Plus quilt for the Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Blop Hop, which I wrote about here.  I love this quilt!
  • Hazel the Hedgehog – I made a few test blocks and I love how they came out.  I can’t wait to make the rest of the blocks and get the top together.  UPDATE:  DONE!  I wrote about her here, and she got sent off to my new nephew in Hawaii last weekend.
  • Dog Gone Cute Bee Quilt – these are the blocks from my Bee group last year.  They are so cute!  UPDATE:  I finished the last 2 blocks and decided on a sashing plan to finish it.  I also started piecing the sashing and have made good progress.  I really hope to finish this one in Q2’18.
  • Red and Blue Squares – all the little squares are cut out and ready to sew together.  Lots of squares and seams to match up.  UPDATE:  I have this mostly pieced so I should get it loaded and quilted soon.
  • Hawaiian batiks –  I finally bought the sashing fabric, so this guy is ready to be finished.  I may have a purpose for this quilt now, so I think I’ll get it done this quarter.  UPDATE:  I had good intentions, I really did.  I cut all the sashing strips, but I’m still not sure I love how it is coming together.  I will think about it some more…
  • The Cat Quilt – I have a plan for this quilt, as well as the fabric, but I need to figure out how to get it put together.  UPDATE:  No progress.  Nada.  Nothing.  Sigh.

So yes, some really great finishes and a whole lot of no progress.  But I think I have real-job-work-life  a bit more under control, so high hopes for Q2!


Linking up my finishes with the Q1’18 Finish-A-Long site.

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: https://www.etsy.com/listing/584477239/
Paige Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/590417705/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Plus-Sign-Quilts-Techniques/dp/1617455695/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520456494&sr=8-1&keywords=modern+plus+sign+book

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.







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