Sunday, August 11, 2013

On the Plus Side

That's what I've named this quilt.

I used the Comma fabric line and the "It's a Plus" pattern.  Both are by Zen Chic.
I wanted to have this quilt finished in time to hang at an exhibition at the Lowell Quilt Festival that the BMQG has been lucky enough to be part of.

I finished in time, but just barely.  The setup for the show was Wednesday afternoon.  I basted the quilt Saturday night and started the quilting on Sunday morning.    I liked the way the suggested quilting pattern looked and decided to go for it. What could be easier than straight line stitching, right?  Silly me.

Each square is quilted individually.  There are four continuous rows of stitching.  That means I had to turn the quilt 15 times for each square.  There are 80 squares.  Yes, I turned the quilt 1200 times.  Just ask my back and shoulders.   Did I mention this quilt is 65" x 85"?  
I timed myself and figured it took about 5 1/2 minutes for each square, depending on where the square was located on the quilt.  That comes out to about 7 1/2 hours of stitching to fit in with a full-time job.
My original intent was to use just a black print for the binding.  However, when I went to piece the binding, I realized that a couple of strips must have fallen off my table and into the trash barrel. The same barrel that had been emptied first thing in the morning and whose contents were now on a joyride in the back of the pretty blue trash truck.  I gathered some scraps trimmed from the back and added them to the black strips.  A happy accident! I like the way it looks.

The back is a mix of a fat quarter bunch that I won at retreat, some leftover blocks and a little bit of yardage.  And, on the plus side, this quilt is one of my finishes for the 3rd quarter Finish-A-Long.

she can quilt

Now on to some fun stuff!
I bought this cute bundle of fat quarters at the Lowell Quilt Festival.  It's called "Don't Be Crabby" for Robert Kaufman.  The pattern I plan to make is from Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley.

Joyful stitching,



  1. Wow Jane- that quilting is INSANE but AWESOME! Kudos to pulling all of that off in addition to contributing quite a bit to the LQF committee. It was a beautiful show and your quilts were some of my favorites.

  2. Hi Jane,This was one of my favorite quilts in the show. The colors worked so perfectly. The quilting is just awesome!

    I can't imagine how sore you must be. But its all worth it. Looks so stunning!

  3. I just linked my wonky plus kwilt using comma fabric in this linky! I love your backing !!!

  4. I think the quilting was totally worth it! Awesome job. Can't wait to see that next quilt... :)

  5. Your quilting is amazing. Well worth the hard work of turning it over 1200 times! I love the fact that you quilted it yourself instead of sending it off to be long arm quilted. This is a labor of love!

  6. Also held my eye long at the show! Love this quilt! BTW,isn't it amazing how many of our "things" fall into that waste basket!!! I think it ate my rotary cutter a week ago!

  7. Nothing like a deadline for getting things done;-) This came out beautifully, none of the "drama" shows! Another beauty but I'm really excited to see your Crabby... love that fabric!!!