Monday, January 27, 2014

It All Adds Up to Blue

After reorganizing my fabrics I was again reminded of how out of control my blue stash is. I've been wanting to do a monochromatic quilt for a long time. I was starting to get 6 inch sampler fatigue with all of the tiny precision piecing and I wanted to work on something simple and mindless--so another blue plus quilt was born, this time with prints. I had to resist the urge to add in one orange plus but in the end i kept to the theme.

It All Adds Up to Blue

This time I stuck to a smallish baby size (37x44 after shrinkage). I cut 120 four inch squares and arranged them on my design wall. Being able to comfortably arrange the squares ahead of time made the piecing easy as pie. I used a moda ombre fabric for the backing and binding and threw in some leftover scraps from the top to bring it up to size.

It All Adds Up to Blue

I stitched in the ditch around each plus with my free motion foot and then did a sampler within the pluses. not every plus has a unique pattern (i kind of ran out of ideas by the end) but there is a nice variety of stitches. I used a variegated Aurifil 50-wt thread to quilt. The binding was cut on the straight grain and machine stitched to the back.

It All Adds Up to Blue

I had a lot of fun with this little quilt and I hope it finds a happy home with a new owner. You will find it in the shop.

3 comments:

  1. great use of stash -- I pulledd fabris yesterday for a monocromatic blue quilt as well but mine was all 2.5 inch strips.

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  2. It is so pretty. I think I am going to try a plus quilt. It shouldn't be too hard...square arranged in plus patterns. Surely, I can handle that :)

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