Party Time for Plus Playtime Quilt
When Sandra at mmm Quilts spoke about her Plus Playtime QAL, I wasn’t going to join in. I saw it in the ezine #7 and thought it is beautiful, but we had enough projects to last us our lifetimes as it was. Then I thought, wait it’s not a mystery. We know what the end result will look like so I can raise our hands as I am apt to do (and Sue will be quick to point out). I printed out the instructions, brought it home and said we are making this quilt in a baby size. The deadline is July 5th – plenty of time!
Plus Quilt First
We both had a vision for this quilt right from the start. Riley Blake #ashtag fabrics would be perfect for this. We had them in a wide array of colors already. There was really nothing to think about other than which colors should be the primary and secondary background pluses. I ordered extra yardage of the navy and light yellow. Perfect!
Sue went to work cutting and labeling. Good thing we had all that practice from Postcard, right?!
Finding a Plus Perfect Layout
Up next was to find just the perfect layout for these lovely hashtags. Hmm, should the pink go next to the navy or near the yellow? We moved plus signs around a bit and then sewed up row one.
As you can see, we had to layout all the rows to determine our perfect combination. The navy shows up as black but you can kind of see the hashtags. We could forge ahead and sew row two easily for the next step.
Where Next – Row Three
Of course, row three follows row two! We knew the layout and truthfully I sewed them all at one time because . . . well, why not?! We had this lovely quilt top but maybe we want to step outside the Plus Playtime instructions and add a border. Gasp! Is that allowed?! I am sure we have Sandra’s approval to make this minor, creative change.
How a Plus is Quilted
Once the flimsy is all together comes the next step of layering followed by quilting. Ugg. I had the idea to try the Baptist fan pattern. Would that work on this piece? I could picture it in my head but how about in practice. First though is the backing. Isn’t this just the most PERFECT backing? This is actually a black, not navy, hashtag-similar fabric that we had two yards of. Just sitting there, waiting to be used, wishing for a call to action. You’re up buddy!
Here is my attempt at the Baptist fans on paper before going to the sewing machine. I have a nifty curved ruler that would be perfect for the fan shape. Can I and should I do it though??
Nope. I found some suggestions on Sandra’s website, and I took one of them in straight line stitching. The two main pluses have stitching in different directions to make them stand out more. What color thread should I use . . . there are dark colors on the front and back but I don’t want it to show on the light colors. Yes, use your usual pale yellow thread. Definitely. Okay, the plan in my head came together into this closeup of the navy plus stitching. Phew! My absolutely favorite plus is this off-white fabric pictured below – I just LOVE that color, or non-color actually.
Without further ado, here is our finished quilt! Thank you Sandra for hosting this fun quilt along. I thought it wouldn’t matter which way you looked at it, but it does look different depending on how you look at it. I guess that rather imitates life, huh?! It actually look like navy blue finally!
And here is a shot of the backing, which doesn’t look at that black in this photo:
Don’t forget to check out all the different versions of this fabulous quilt in the Plus Playtime parade. We already have plans for our second version of this quilt in very masculine colors of gray and taupe. A friend of ours just purchased his first home and he is a mathematics major so this pattern will be perfect for him.
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