Plus one

8 Mar

I have a thing about ‘Plus’ quilts, I don’t know what it is but I love the look of them.  So I was thinking about a colleague who was due to go off on maternity leave and making a quilt for the baby.  The gender of the baby will be revealed when it arrives so I needed to come up with a gender neutral colour palette, and I remembered that I had some fat quarters of Alphabet Soup by Riley Blake in the cupboard so I pulled them out:


In Riley Blake’s eyes these are from the boy version of the range but I think they are suitable for either gender.  I then searched around for other fat quarters that could go with them; this was my first selection:


I asked the IG community for advice and refined my choice:


I cut 4″ strips from each fabric and divided those into 4″ square, 7.5″ strips and 11″ strips and played with a layout on the kitchen floor; at this point I realised I needed to cut a bit more fabric.


Soon enough I’d finalised a layout and got sewing.  I opted to quilt it either side of each seam line and also the seam lines that would have existed if I’d cut squares for the middle of each cross:


I used Aurifil 50 wt 1104 which I’d bought for quilting the Groove quilt; it’s a perfect match for Kona Torch – the orange solid in the quilt and also used for binding.


The backing fabric is a Walkabout Square by Beth Studley and I bought 4 metres of it a couple of years ago with quilt backs in mind.  I love backing baby quilts because the width of them means there is no need to piece the back.


A relatively quick and easy make, all ready to keep the newborn snug and warm. IMG_0078

Have you ever used the same quilt pattern more than once?  This is one I’m happy to repeat.


Quilt stats:
Pattern: Inspired by Jeni Bakers Plus Quilt
Finished size: 38″ x 52″ approx (I forgot to measure it and it’s now wrapped ready to gift!)
Fabrics: Alphabet Soup by Riley Blake, Kona: Torch, Canary, Cardinal, Lime, Blueberry Park Allotment, Pearl Bracelets, Rings by Holly Holderman, green pinstripe by Marisa and Creative Thursday, Metro Circles, Summersville by Lu Summers and some unknown other bits!
Backing fabric: Walkabout Squares by Beth Studley for Makower
Binding fabric: Kona Torch
Quilted using Aurifil 50 wt 1104


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4 Replies to “Plus one

  1. I love your choice of colors in your plus quilt! I’ve been wanting to make one of these for quite a while and now I’m motivated to move this up on the ‘to do’ list! =)

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