It seems like ages ago when I began this journey. Playtime Plus is a pattern that was done by my friend, Sandra Walker, and appeared in Benartex’s ezine, Modern By The Yard. (found in the right hand column). She writes at mmm!quilts.com and I just love what she does. Last year, I participated in her Free Fall QAL that involved fall colors – and I had a bunch in my stash – easy peasy and Free Fall. This year, I thought, “no, I am too busy” but the bug hit me. It became one of my Quarterly Goals, to finish this quilt.
I had a great background but I didn’t have fabrics. I thought, OK if I can find something that works with my background I’ll use it. At MQX in April, I found just the packet. They were sold by Sturbridge Quilting and Sewing in a “8 pack”. They have packets of fabric with differing amounts 1/2/3/4/6/8/12 – they work with their patterns and other patterns but the fun thing is that in each packet the fabric totals a yard.
I just love the Moda Grunge (peacock) with this background and these fabrics. Someone else does too. That’s Percy – my 10 year old Labradoodle – all trimmed up – and claiming it as his own! This is my second row all done.
Here are rows 1&2 sewed together. I worked on this quilt in two places, which is kind of fun. It went to Medford MA and to Peaks Island ME with me on numerous occasions.
I sent it off to be quilted by a friend I met at the same MQX show! We took Electric Quilt with Candace West – I highly recommend it – and I knew I would give her a few of my quilts to do one day. Linda chose the pattern “Modern Eccentric II” pantograph. I love the waviness of the pattern moving the smaller plus signs. I always feel the quilter knows more than I do, so I left the decision up to her. She did a great job picking it and quilting it. Her turnaround is fast so if you are in the Portland/Freeport ME area let me know if you need her contact info – she is working on a website. This is a perfectly modern pattern and I love it!
So the quilt is now bound and needs a home. For now it is on the guest room bed – I believe it is one of 6 quilts on it – Yikes! It is nice to have gift options lined up or items for our the boutique at our guild’s show. I haven’t really decided where it will go.
I may have to do film an bed turning – where you show each of the quilts from the top to the bottom. One description says it was a social event….maybe I will figure out a way to do that! Meanwhile, I need to find coordinating pillowcases for the
photo studio guest room. Look closely and you will see my Island Batik Great Outdoor quilt sticking out (the yellow)!
I had some leftovers and ran my first giveaway. I am pleased to announce that Louise H who blogs at My Quilt Odyssey won the stash! Hope you enjoy them – I sure had fun playing with them. Truth be told, I was thrilled to have them go to a good home so I didn’t feel obligated about turning them into something!
All in all, this was a terrific experience. Sandra’s Adult Playtime Plus QAL began in April and ended in mid-July and I was able to keep up with the gang. Furthermore, I was able to use stash, purchase a little fabric, have a new friend quilt my quilt, share it with you and run a giveaway! I named the quilt “Be Positive” for a number of reasons. I was trying to think of a play on words but it was all getting jumbled. Suddenly, this just popped into my mind and I thought it very appropriate. It is also my nephew’s blood type and he is awaiting a kidney transplant due to juvenile diabetes. He is often on my mind and his positive attitude is so wonderful, it is entirely fitting for this quilt.
51″ x 51″
Machine Quilted by Linda Deming
Pantograph: Modern Eccentric II
April – August 2018
Just a reminder:
The Island Batik Blog Hop continues. Jump over to one of the ambassadors and follow the projects. There is a menu at the top of my page that has all the links/dates. Here are this weeks in case you missed them.
Busy Hand Quilts: Finished or Not Friday
Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland: UFO Busting #27
mmmQuilts!: Plus Playtime Parade of Quilts
Confessions of a Fabric Addict: Can I Get a Whoop Whoop
Clever Chameleon Quilting: Colour Party
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