Monday, December 30, 2013

One last finish for 2013

This quilt has been in the works for quite some time, coming together a few blocks here and there.  I was unsure whether or not I would be able to get everything finished in time to gift it to my sister for Christmas; but it all came together with only hours to spare. 

I'm not kidding when I say hours to spare...I finished the binding, tossed it in the washer, then the dryer, then out for a quick photoshoot before wrapping it up and delivering it.  Whew!

While the palette was something unusual for me, once it was done I was quite in love with it, minimal yet purposeful; a far cry from the usual scrappy and/or intense quilts that I have made in the past.

You can easily make one of these yourself.  I did not use a pattern, just grabbed some graph paper and figured out the plus block using  2 1/2" strips.  Each block is then sashed horizontally with a 2 1/2" strip of the background fabric and long 2 1/2" strips make up the vertical sashing.  The challenging part is keeping all of the rows properly off-center.  There are a few areas where it goes awry; so don't look too closely.

The haphazard and fractured quilting just seemed to be the solution when dealing with the plus blocks, since they created very strict vertical and horizontal lines.

I wish I had more details about the actual fabrics that I used; but alas I do not.  The fabric used in the pluses is from the Moda Bella collection.  The background is a sort of shot cotton that I picked up at my local quilt shop (Janie Lou), it is like a linen in it's hand and slubbiness; but has the unique visual properties that a shot cotton does.  This quilt when finished measured 60" x 80".

This is my last quilt finish for 2013 and actually while I was rolling out the layers, preparing to pin-baste the top, I actually said to myself "Holy Crap...when is the last time I actually did this?".  It turns out that the quilt I finished before this one was way back in September.  Bad Quilter!

Happy Monday!!


  1. Very cool - love the fabrics and how you quilted it!

  2. Love, love, love this quilt. Simple maybe, but graphically powerful. Love janie lou, too.

  3. Lovely final finish for the year. Mine too came through at the last moment. Luckily I finished in time to hand my final finish before the break. Congrats on your finish.

  4. I love this quilt - the minimalism is lovely and the use of a shot cotton instead of a solid really adds interest. Something like this is on my to do list for this year!

  5. Love this! I have been wanting to make a pluses quilt for awhile, you have re-inspired me!

  6. I wouldn't have looked for gone-awry rows if you hadn't mentioned it. Didn't see any. Regardless, it's lovely!

  7. So - I LOVE this quilt! nice job. I've got to try to make one just like it! What do you mean by 'keeping the rows properly off center'? Thank you.


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