Plus, Plus, Equal

My nephew turned eighteen at the beginning of February and a few days earlier I decided that I was going to make him a quilt. A bit last minute, I know. It had to be a quick make and I thought a wonky plus quilt would be fun.

My stash has a lot of girly fabric in it so finding proper ‘man fabrics’ was a little difficult. I managed, however, to find some Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander and Curious Nature by Parson Gray. Some Kona solids in blues, greens, greys and off white, Sketch in two different greys and two fat quarters from my LQS meant that I had enough for a biggish quilt.

Plus, plus, equal quiltI really enjoyed making the plusses, eighteen in total, and the one equal sign. At first I was going to make all wonky plusses but after making nine or ten and laying them out, they were too busy for my liking. I decided to make eighteen plusses and leave the rest of the squares plain. In the end I added the equal sign; just because I can.

Equal Sign

The quilting is straight lines 0.5″ on either side of the seam and then another two lines 1″ apart throughout the middle of the squares. I wanted to keep the quilt modern and, by not quilting too many lines, keep it nice and soft. The quilt was quilted with Aurifil 50wt in 5004, a dark grey, on the top and 2600 in the bobbin.

Plus, plus, equal

The backing is the oh so popular Britten numbers by Ikea. I thought it would fit this quilt perfectly. The binding is Pearl Bracelets by Lizzie House in Hi Ho Silver which I bought at Simply Solids.

Plus, Plus, EqualI love this quilt and I really hope that Leon will too. He’s a great lad who asked me to teach him to sew before I moved to Switzerland. We managed to make a pin cushion and cushion cover which he literally finished minutes before the removal company arrived to collect all my boxes.

Plus, Plus, Equal

The quilt is a little smaller than I would have liked (Leon is tall) but I ran out of fabrics. In the end it finished at 57″ x 66″.

Diamonds are Forever

This afternoon, Little Miss Bossy-Boots asked if I could teach her to sew. My heart did a little somersault before I answered that I would be exceedingly happy to teach her to sew. She decided that she wanted to make a cushion and I asked her what her thoughts were about the design. “Diamonds”, she said and proceeded to draw a diamond just in case I wasn’t sure what a diamond is.

She went and picked some fabrics and I cut them into diamond shapes for her. She shuffled them about a bit and then decided on the layout. I helped her pin together the sections and she sewed them together.

Diamonds Cushion

I absolutely love the cushion and so does she. These are colours and fabrics I would never have put together but now that I see them sitting next to each other I really like the colour palette. Maybe that’s just my mother’s heart talking? The points don’t line up and some of the seams are pretty crooked but all in all I think it’s marvellous.