Thursday, May 24, 2012
Rainbow Plus Quilt
I don't know what came over me to start another project but sometimes when a quilt gets you you can't stop. I grabbed a pile of my favorite fabrics in a rainbow and decided to make a Plus Quilt with them since I knew it would be fast and easy and I would get to enjoy more of my coveted fabrics.
I had no plan for size I just decided to use what I pulled and the 6.5" template I have and cut out 5 squares of each print to achieve the plus. Once I got them all cut out came the hard part of a plus quilt. Figuring out how to arrange them all together so you like it. This is what takes the longest. Otherwise plus quilt are crazy easy and fast. It is just a square patchwork quilt after all. If you want a fast quilt I totally recommended it.
As you can see I ended up adding in some fabrics in addition to the stack I pulled. I felt I needed some black and white prints and then needed some prints that had more of a white background to even everything out. In all I used 28 prints for this quilt.
It came out to be 76" x 64" which is only because I do not ever follow a perfect 1/4" seam allowance. If you do, this quilt should have been 78"x 66". I used just one print for the back of the quilt. I have been doing this lately so that I can finish a quilt faster and not stress over making another quilt for the back with a pieced back. It makes the process easier and faster for me lately. I used Jay Carroll's Habitat fabric and if you are looking for the perfect fabric to go with it I have found it! Pat Bravos Oval Elements in Crocus. They are so gorgeous together.
I also recommend using it as a binding since it is so soft and thin that it made the process epic for me! I achieved perfect corners.
I really think the thin fabric made all the difference in the bulk at the corner to make it easier for me to get it to be perfect. I am totally converted to this for my binding now. I have already bought a lot more of the oval elements.