Thursday, December 10, 2015

bug plus finished & give-away

I finished this quilt several months ago, and am just getting around to blogging about it.

(sorry this is slightly ever so out of focus)

you can learn about the making of this quilt here .  It's the longer, more tedious way to make a plus quilt, "rectangle in the middle", I think I'll stick to the "5 square" version of the plus quilt.

the recent retreat I attended was the perfect back drop for a photo shoot.


It's just as if I called nellie's cottage ahead and ordered all these perfect colors and vintage pieces for my photoshoot.

quilt stats:
65 x 81 (washed)
batting - 80/20% comfort blend by winline
fabric - feature fabric is "bug jars" from Michael Miller, Hawthorne fabrics (bikes and woodpecker on birch), wimpy kid by Robert Kaufman, and other aquas, greens, grays.  Match stick and pencils by cotton and steel.  I even see a bit of Sarah Jane (making paper airplanes) and a few sweetwater fabrics.
quilting - meandering squares
pattern - squares are 4 inches, 1 rectangle and 2 squares = 1 plus
pattern from  for the love of George blog
quilted pillowsham - 19 x 27
inspired by - quiltstory on IG (Meg: @quiltstorymeg)

I was trying to find the name of the skeleton fabric and look what I found:  

ha ha

quilted in meandering squares

quilted on the HQ sweet sixteen

I'm just now using my Ikea numbers for a large back, wish I'd bought more.  

These pictures are all a bit out of focus, sorry.  I think I need a new camera :(

GIVE-AWAY - (closed)
if you'd like a chance to win these 2 "mistletoe lane" mini's, leave me a comment telling me what you like to sew up with mini's
you can tell me of any good books you've read lately.

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  1. Just a lovely quilt, fabrics and quilting. The setting is pretty too.

  2. I haven't worked to much with mini's but a nice through for my newly painted living room sounds nice!
    I like the pattern you used in this post. Simple but effective.

  3. Love the colors in your plus quilt. They look so modern and fresh. Best book I've read lately was All the Light We Cannot See.

  4. Your quilt looks so calming and comfortable! Lovely job.
    And with mini squares, I like to sew preemie blankets for the Children's Hospital.
    mindingmomma at aol dot com

  5. Your quilt is gorgeous! I always thought making a plus quilt with a rectangle in the middle would be easier, but having gone back through your other posts I see how the 5 square method would be faster. The best books I've read recently have all be been by Brandon Sanderson. I'd recommend anything of his. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  7. That quilt is so darn cute! The colors, binding and your organic quilting are awesome.
    I haven't read recently but I love any books by Julie Klassen. I have quite a few of her books. Come check out my library and borrow a book or two or series if you want!

  8. Ah, a new table runner would be nice. Love your Plus quilt.I love aquas and teals. Look great with the gray. Lovely texture.

  9. I've been collecting minis to make a postage stamp quilt

  10. I was never introduced to the Anne of Green Gables series when I was a young girl. Therefore I recently read the whole series one after another and it was wonderful reading.

  11. I've been using the minis to make hexagons. Not sure what they will become yet, but I'm sure I'll come up with a plan.

  12. I have never sew with an official mini but have cut down charms
    I am currently making a leader ender with 2 1/2 squares -- does that count??

  13. My current favorite book is "A Girl of the Limberlost". So beautifully written.

    1. I loved this book. Soon after reading Green Gables last spring, I read it. I need to read more of the author's books.

  14. Love your quilt!
    I'd use the minis to make a baby quilt!

  15. love your posts and seeing what you have done! I am always amazed at your fabrics. I would use the minis for a table runner of some kind. And I am reading a fascinating book about Hitler's escape to Argentina by Harry S. Cooper.

  16. That was the perfect setting for the quilt photoshoot!

    I've only sewn with minis once and when I did I made these little tree ornaments (

  17. i would make christmas girls.

    a pieced "sunbonnet sue" instead of applique

  18. A table runner would be great with the mini charm packs. I love a good plus quilt! Your colors are fabulous!

  19. I love this quilt! Fabrics are terrific. I've never used minis, but generally love most of my daughters' books... Cinder is a modern take on Cinderella....

  20. I love your quilt!! Minis are a favourite and I like to make small table toppers and as I look around my living room I spot four that I've made over the last few years!!

  21. I just finished reading "The Secret Sister" and enjoyed it very much. I have a set of minis cut into tumblers ready for a table topper.

  22. I would make a table runner for the holidays :) Oh and you need to read Anne of Green Gables!

  23. This pattern is on my list! I would make a table runner. I'm sure I have some fabric to add if needed.

  24. Here visiting from Crazy Mom Quilts. I like your quilt! I recently read a book called The Forgotten Seamstress...extra fun as it is about a quilt and the lady who made it.

  25. Great finish on your quilt. The fabrics have worked so well.

  26. Your quilt is lovely! I have been using 2" mini's to make a postage stamp quilt. I could definitely use the "mistletoe lane" mini's. I have been reading a Janet Evanovich book. The Pacific Northwest has been so rainy and dreary I needed some laughs!

  27. I love the way your colors turned out in this quilt! From the first photo, I thought it would be a bit bland, but your placement really made them pop! I learn so much from your blog! I would make my new granddaughter a snuggle mini blanket with the mini's, and I highly recommend All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr! Thanks!

  28. Beautiful colors! I never tire of this plus pattern!

  29. I would make a table runner that our guild can sell at our quilt show this fall. Lovely quilt and soothing colors.


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