Windham generously provided me with a FQ bundle containing all 15 prints from the fabric line plus some solid yardage - lucky me! And one lucky commenter will win their own FQ bundle courtesy of Windham Fabrics - find out how at the end of the post. EDIT: Giveaway closed!
I knew when I saw Spring Bloom that I wanted to make something simple that let the bright and cheerful fabrics shine through. Introducing And.....BLOOM!
A plus quilt pattern is quick to piece but takes a bit longer to plan and lay out. I wanted to float some of the pluses (which inspired the "And" part of the quilt's name), but mostly make them look like they're cascading down toward the quilt's bottom (runner-up name: Cascade of Blooms). I believe I succeeded - I really love how the layout landed. The quilt is lap sized - about 56"x78".
Edited: To answer a question below, I cut my squares at 5" and had more than enough fabric in the FQ bundle to make all these full pluses and a few part-pluses with a handful of squares left over. I used about a yard and a quarter's worth of the solid, which is a mottled grey from the Windham Fabrics Artist's palette.
Then I embarked on the quilting. I consulted Christina Cameli's (A Few Scraps) new book Step by Step Free Motion Quilting for a motif for the solid background and went to town on the ol' FMQ. Fun!
Using Aurifil 50 wt in a light grey (2600), I quilted each plus with a different motif, and used about 6 main motifs in all:
I think I like the bubbles best.
Backing used a few left-over cuts from the front plus some random fabric from my stash.
And binding was scraps as well, and it was applied entirely by machine. I stitched it to the back and brought it around to the front and stitched it down.
And there you have it - these fabrics look lovely in a quilt! Visit the other stops on the bloghop for chances to win and to see the other beautiful projects made with Spring Bloom!
April 20 Windham Fabrics Snip-its, Bella Caronia Blog
April 22 Nell Timmer - Nell’s Notions
April 23 Jessica Darling
April 26 Cindy Wiens - Live a Colorful Life
April 27 Krista Hennebury - Poppyprint
April 28 Felicity Ronaghan - Felicity Quilts
April 29 Casey York - The Studiolo
April 30 Janice Ryan - Better Off Thread
May 2 Bella Caronia Blog
(This project is one of my Q2 FAL projects - two birds, one stone etc. etc.)
The wait was worth it!!! Love how this collection bursts forth with colour in this pattern you chose!!! You have perfectly placed the colours and prints in an eye pleasing way!!! But I must also comment on your quilting.... In one word: Gorgeous!!!!ReplyDelete
Beautiful fabrics in a beautiful quilt! Love it!ReplyDelete
I love giant plus quilts, yours is wonderful. I especially love all the different quilting motifs.ReplyDelete
Fabrics are beautiful and your quilt is lovely. Will have to try making a plus quilt like this one.ReplyDelete
Beautiful quilting! Bubbles...my favorite too! I love how you have the floating plus', just perfect from top to bottom!ReplyDelete
Lovely quilt. The quilting is just gorgeous. powersjlc (at) gmail (dot) com Thank you so much for sharing.ReplyDelete
Love the Plus quilt and the fabric.ReplyDelete
Making a plus quilt has been on my wanna-make list for a long time. Yours is wonderful. And I love your quilting!ReplyDelete
The layout is great! And LOVE the quilting! :)ReplyDelete
Oh wow. I love this! I think a plus quilt was a great way to let this collection shine. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyDelete
I love plus quilts, and your FMQ is beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win! mto2golsen at gmail dot comReplyDelete
Great quilting and a lovely use of those prints. Bloomin' great, I'd say. Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
Your quilt is beautiful, I love the pluses and how all the fabrics play well together! Beautiful quilting too!ReplyDelete
I've not seen a plus quilt before - it looks cool and modern. A different quilting design on each one means it's like a sampler.ReplyDelete
Lovely quilt-perfect for showcasing this beautiful fabric. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Love the quilt and the fabric!ReplyDelete
Your quilting on this is amazing!ReplyDelete
felicity! this is amazing! i love the white plus in the centre, and the floating ones on the upper right! your fmq looks so gorgeous!ReplyDelete
one day i'm gonna make a plus quilt....
I love your quilt, I'd like to make a plus quilt... The colours of these fabrics are lovely and bright!ReplyDelete
Applause!!!! Love how you quilted all the pluses with a different motif - they look awesome and the cascade effect down to the bottom of the quilt is so great. It's a super fun design for Amanda's fabrics! (I already got to play with Spring Bloom, no giveaway entry for me ; ))ReplyDelete
Beautiful fabrics. Great layout. Awesome quilting!ReplyDelete
I love how you cascaded the design to the bottom. Can you share some specifics? How big we're the squares? Were you able to cut them all from a FQ bundle or did you need more of the print fabric?ReplyDelete
Thanks for your help. Stunning quilt!!
Wow gorgeous quilt and lovely fabrics!ReplyDelete
Really like the quilting variations!ReplyDelete
This fabric is beautiful and so is your quilt! Thanks!ReplyDelete
Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.
Love the colors of your quilt
Wow, what a beautiful quilt! I would love to work with these lovely fabrics, thanks for the chance to win!ReplyDelete
Pretty quilt. 24Tangent@gmail.comReplyDelete
Gorgeous quilt! The quilting is amazing.ReplyDelete
Beautiful quilting on a very gorgeous quilt.ReplyDelete
I love your quilting - simply beautiful and very neat.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway!
A lovely use of these pretty fabrics. You did a great job with the quilting as well.ReplyDelete
Wow, what a quilt! Not sure if I like the design or the quilting best!ReplyDelete
I love your quilt! One of the nicest things I've seen on the bloghop so far :) xReplyDelete
THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR NEAT QUILT!ReplyDelete
THANKS TOO, FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
Lovely quilt. I like plus quilts, on my to-do list. Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
love your quilt, thanks for the chanceReplyDelete
This fabric is amazing and looks fantastic in the quilt.ReplyDelete
I love how you pieced the back and especially your idea of a scrappy binding sewn to the back first. Gosh, I am learning so much!ReplyDelete
I love your beautiful design - I have pinned it for a future project.ReplyDelete
These prints are gorgeous. And I love the quilt too!ReplyDelete
determineddebby at gmail dot com
Beautiful Quilt Felicity! I love the motifs you chose for the pluses.ReplyDelete
I like the empty spaces in this one. I'll have to try that the next time I make a plus quilt.ReplyDelete
What a lovely quilt you made. The quilting you did on it really sets off your pattern so well.ReplyDelete
Love Love Plus Quilts! And what gorgeous fabric too....ReplyDelete
I love the plus signs and how you left some of the background white.ReplyDelete
Love Love Loooove your Plus Quilt! AWESOME job!!!! Thanks for sharing the info on how you planned it, and size of squares you used. :)ReplyDelete
Great quilt Felicity - super Quilting!ReplyDelete
Pretty cool giveaway! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.comReplyDelete
I love the contrast of the prints and the white background, and the quilting is so fun! Thanks for sharing this!ReplyDelete
Stunning quilt, I aspire to create something like this one day xReplyDelete
Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com
The quilt and quilting are wonderful! You always do beautiful work.ReplyDelete
Lovely quilt and awesome quilting!ReplyDelete
I really like how the gray sets off the colorful fabrics. You have done a great job in creating such a beautiful quilt! -- soparkaveataoldotcomReplyDelete
Great variety in your quilting. Lovely.ReplyDelete
I love it - the pieced back is great!ReplyDelete
Your quilting is simply stunning. Love the layout of your quilt. Thank you for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
I love the quilting on this quilt!ReplyDelete
I'm seeing so many beautiful quilts made with these fabrics. I love the way you floated some of the pluses and the quilting is very nice. Such a pretty arrangement of colors.ReplyDelete
I love this fabric in the quilt. Good job!ReplyDelete
Your quilt turned out beautiful! I love the quilting you did on it. And yes... the bubbles are great!!ReplyDelete
I would so love to win a fq bundle of this fabric. I've been seeing it in bellacorinia's instagram for a while now and would love to have the chance to make something with it. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
Great quilting, great quilt! Thanks for the giveaway; these fabrics are fantastic.ReplyDelete
I really like your Plus quilt. I want to make one. The quilting is beautiful. Thanks for opportunity to win those lovely fabrics.ReplyDelete
Such beautiful fabric and I love the plus quilt!ReplyDelete
It is a lovely spring quilt and the floating plus is a great idea.ReplyDelete
I like your fresh take on the traditional Plus quilt. Looks perfect for Spring. Thanks for sharing the size details.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous quilt. Would love one like this on my bed.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the chance to win this pretty Spring Bloom bundle. Your quilt is so great! :)ReplyDelete
The quilting really makes your quilt special.ReplyDelete
So pretty--the choice of pattern and quilting really complement the fabric.ReplyDelete
I love this happy cross quilt. Just beautiful!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous fabric.ReplyDelete
perry94022 at hotmail dot com
Beautiful quilt. Thank you for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
I love the floating crosses in that quilt. It's interesting to see them packed so tightly and then just some floating off, almost as if it's a pile of them slowly blowing away. I like it. Thanks for the chance! email@example.comReplyDelete
Hi. Your quilt is just lovely. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyDelete
The fabric is lovely and your quilt gets an A++++++++PLUS!!!ReplyDelete
OOOH! what lovely fabrics, neat design and great quilting. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyDelete
Love that last close up picture of your quilting. Thanks for a chance to win.ReplyDelete
I've been thinking of making a plus quilt, but knowing that the layout is tricky and the fact that I don't have a design wall has me hesitating. Yours looks great!ReplyDelete
Love your plus quilt and especially how some of them just float.ReplyDelete
I really like your take on the Plus pattern with the floaters.ReplyDelete
i've been wanting to try my hand at a plus quilt so much, i may just do that!!! thanks for the chance to win firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Beautiful quilt. Love the quilting you did too.ReplyDelete
The more I see of Spring Bloom the more I like it. The colors are so warm and inviting and the projects that are being shown are so varied. So much fun. Love your quilt. Thanks.ReplyDelete
What a cool quilt!ReplyDelete
I really like the Spring Bloom range!ReplyDelete
I love the colors!ReplyDelete