Modern Quilt – Floating Plus Sign

Ok, this  is different for me. Trying something different can be fun and sometimes scary – but how scary can quilting be?  NOT!  It’s all fun and it’s all good!  I would consider myself to be a traditional quilter.  Quilts like the ones grandma used to make – traditional quilt patterns and traditional fabrics.  I love making these and probably always will, but with the wave of modern quilting that is so popular today I just had to try it.  I bought a book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks by Tula Pink to get me started.  These blocks are so simple and easy to piece – her directions are easy, too!  Then I grabbed some (fat quarter) fabrics from Keepsake Quilting and started right in!  In no time I pieced this lap size quilt top!  The open space, often called negative space, between the plus signs really sets off the simple block design and actually showcases the Oriental fabrics.  It’s these simple blocks and negative space that makes this quilt top ‘modern.’  Not sure when I’ll get this quilted, but I’m sure I’ll have fun with all that space!

Floating Plus Sign

Floating Plus Sign

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Darcy’s Sailing T-Shirt Quilt

What great sailing t-shirts!  And they made a beautiful quilt.  This was made for Darcy who lives down in Florida – her boyfriend sails and these are his shirts.  Just reading some of these shirts makes me want to sail in these regattas, too.  How can you not want to sail in a Beer Can Regatta?  Or the Trimaran Nationals at Ft Walton Beach? And I love the quilting pattern – it looks like wind patterns on the water, big blowing puffs of wind and a few ‘swirlies’ of wind.  Those of us who sail know exactly what I’m talking about!

Sailing T-Shirt Quilt

Sailing T-Shirt Quilt

Trimaran Nationals shirt

Trimaran Nationals shirt