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Modern Plus Quilt

Plus Quilt full front

I finally got photos of my latest quilt and can share it with you. This quilt was so much fun to work on and it’s one of my favorite color schemes – greys and mustards.  I felt like calling it “Grey Poupon”!

Plus quilt stack

Buttonball fabric.jpg

I love Plus quilts and I think they’re especially good for fabrics that you want to showcase, because you don’t have to cut the fabrics into tiny pieces.  This quilt was sort of built off Katarina Roccella’s Buttonball fabric which I fell in love with. I picked out the coordinating fabrics to complement her fabric.  I wanted to limit the number of different fabrics in the quilt and not have a dozen different things going on so I picked 6 prints plus a solid – Hawthorne Threads Elemental in Charcoal,  Dear Stella Dash in Mustard, Robert Kaufman Baskeweave in Charcoal, Alison Glass Sunprint Ink, and the ever awesome Zen Chic Background Notes.   The background solid is Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Steel.

I wanted an overall modern, urban kind of look for this quilt so for the background fabric, I chose another Katarina Roccella fabric, Maze in Alley.  It gave me the look I wanted and it’s a terrific background fabric because it’s not directional and is easily pieced.

Plus Quilt back

Plus Quilt Hanging

Pllus Quilt back and front

In keeping with a modern look, I quilted this in straight vertical lines in differing widths. That was fun!  I used my seam guide and attached it to my walking foot.  After I quilted the entire thing in one direction, I turned the quilt and just did a very few lines the other direction.

Plus quilt front back front

Plus Quilt overhead

When it came time to bind the quilt, I tried a variety of the usual stripey fabrics and didn’t like any of them.  As I was standing there pondering why it was so hard to pick out a binding fabric, I glimpsed the Buttonball fabric again and thought, “gee that might make a great binding” and it sure did!  I love the way it finished the quilt and I love the looser pattern on the binding.

Plus Quilt binding

Plus Quilt layers

The finished quilt is 62″ x 67″, a large throw that you can really curl up with.  I decided to make a matching pillow and thought it would be fun to make it a reversible pillow with one Plus print on one side and a different Plus print on the other side.  So that required a zipper instead of an envelope back and I decided to an invisible zipper.  A little bit more work, but definitely worth it.

Plus pillow zipper


This quilt is on its way to its new owner!

Hope you’re making something,

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Zen Chic Pillow

Zen Chic Pillow

Have you guys ever watched Man Sewing with Rob Appell?  If you haven’t, check him out sometime.  He does sewing tutorials on You Tube and he’s funny and inspiring and makes everything look easy!  He did an interesting podcast with Abby Glassenberg (another person you should check out – sign up for her great newsletter). This pillow is a tutorial he did called Dresdan Template Pillow. It’s a quick and easy project.

zen chic pillow in window

Because I am the biggest Zen Chic fan, I think I was drawn to this project because Rob used fabrics from the Reel Time collection.  I love Brigette Heitland’s designs and her fabrics seem to creep into almost every one of my quilts somehow.

sewing zen chic pillowzen chic pillow horizontal

This was a fun little project that you can whip up in an evening – just wanted to share it with you.

I hope you’re making something!

Have a great weekend,

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Little Owl Reading Pillow and Bib

Little Owl Quilt, Pillow, Bib

After I finished my Little Owl Quilt, I had quite a few scraps leftover and wanted to use them in some way.  I had an 18″ x 18″ pillow form laying around and thought a reading pillow would be nice.  There’s a bunch of them on Etsy.  I just pieced and quilted a pocket front in the same width as the pillow and sewed it on the front of a piece of fabric the same size as the pillow. I think it’s a fun pillow, especially to take with you somewhere and have your child be able to snuggle and have his books along.

Little Owl Pocket Pillow

I love that bias binding!

Little Owl Pillow Detail

For the baby bib, I used April Rosenthal’s Charm Bib pattern. I altered a few things with it, though.  I added a layer of batting to it and quilted it in the same manner as the quilt. I used a little piece of quilting fleece for the back.  I also did a binding on it just like I do on my quilts, with an invisible stitch on the front made my quilting in the ditch. I used bias binding again, like on the baby quilt.

Little Owl Bib Front


Little Owl Bib Detail Binding

Little Owl Bib Backing

The bias binding on the bib was a little tricky and required good “pinning” and a slow needle. This is how I attached the binding to the bib.  Thank goodness for Wonder Clips!  That would have been harder to do with pins.

Little Owl bib wonder clips.jpg

These were so fun to make.  Can’t wait to give this cute set to the expecting mother!

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