Thursday, October 8, 2015

Plus Quilt

After 17 years of marriage you'd think my husband would have a million quilts to call his very own.  But sadly, that wasn't the case (unless one super soft, flannel, tied blanket that I made him for one of our very first Valentine's Days) counts?  No?  I didn't think so. 


Well, approximately 47 weeks ago I got the hair-brained idea that 
I would make my husband a Plus Quilt.  He was on board with the design and this selection of fabrics I pulled from my stash.  
I was thinking Navy with a little bit of grey for the color scheme 
(inspired by his alma mater, Brigham Young University).
I threw in a few more shades of blue and some whites/creams to help give it some contrast.  And then I got to work!



Oh, did I mention that my husband has told me several times over the years that he likes quilts with tiny pieces in them?  Fun, huh?  So I went as small as I could bring myself to go and cut my squares 2" and my rectangles 2" x 5". 


If you've never made a Plus Quilt before let me warn you that it's a very slow and tedious process because you have to lay each piece in each row out and then you have to keep it all in order as you move it over to your sewing machine and then repeat it by 100 rows (just kidding it was only 54 in this case).


But I stuck to it and one day I finally finished. 


It's a big quilt, big enough for my 6'2" husband to wrap up in comfortably.


It's backed in navy blue minky so it's super soft (and heavy!)

Cathy Barney in Alpine, UT quilted it for me with one of my new favorite edge-to-edge quilting designs called Marbled Cake by Karlee Porter.

I love it.  And I think he loves it.  And it's done.
Now he has a quilt to call his very own

~ Amber

33 comments:

Michelle Jensen said...

Awe! Such a cute quilt Amber :)

Lisa Henry said...

A treasured labor of love! Go Cougs =)

sparrowstitches said...

Those colors and fabrics are great! I can't resist a plus quilt, but have yet to make one. This may be the kick in the pants I need to get started on one!

sparrowstitches said...

Those colors and fabrics are great! I can't resist a plus quilt, but have yet to make one. This may be the kick in the pants I need to get started on one!

ipatchandquilt said...

It is stunning!!!
Love it too tiny bits, ha ha!
Esther
Ipatchandquilt.wordpress.com

Lisa said...

It is so beautiful! I want to make my hubby his very own quilt but I haven't figured out what yet... Maybe one day...

Lace Faerie said...

Fantastic quilt! I can honestly say that is my favorite plus quilt! I love the size of the plus signs! Lucky guy!
My own dear hubby is still waiting on his own quilt. He picked out an equilateral triangle pattern and I need to get over my fear of working with bias edges!

Sigi G said...

Your quilt is AWESOME!! What a special gift to your hubby!

Patchwork and Play said...

I agree about the laying out of a Plus quilt....I only made a placemat once, and that just about did my head in! I really admire your tenacity with this one! It's wonderful! And the colour palette is perfect for a man!

Ranch Wife said...

I've only made one Plus quilt...thus far and laying it all out and getting it stitched in the right order can make your head spin, but the end result is SO worth it! Yours in incredible! I'll definitely be making more Plus quilts though - they are addictive.

Design Originals by KC said...

Lucky Hubby .. and beautiful finish.. love the minky backing and your quilt motif choice.. thanks for sharing :) Kathi

Renea said...

I love your quilt. I have made a Plus quilt and it did take a long time. I really like the small pieces of your quilt. Maybe I just will have to try another Plus quilt but using small squares. Thanks for the inspiration.

Beth said...

Teeny, tiny pieces, Y colors: that is a work of love. TLA, as we would have said way back when. (Do kids still write that to each other: True Love Always/TLA?) Thanks for sharing your finished quilt and its story.

Hildy said...

It's a great quilt and I'm sre our hubby loves it!

Patricia said...

Great quilt, really like the small plus and the colors.

Jennifer said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the color choices.

Susan P said...

Love it, very nice. I can't imagine attempting this pattern. I agree with your husband, I like smaller pieces too! But not in dessert!

Tracy Hansen said...

This is gorgeous!!! I love quilts with little pieces too. And that minky...

Kathy said...

WOW!! Until you laid it all out like that I had no idea a plus quilt was so tedious! This is just beautiful!!

Katsmith said...

Wonderful Quilt. I love your choice of colors and the layout. How was it quilting on the minky?

Linda R said...

Lovely quilt. So much work! It looks so nice finished. Way to go.

Granny's Button Box said...

Amber, what a great quilt, well done. Take care Sharon

cedacanthus said...

This is amazing! Your husband must be over the moon with it! Well done you!!

Amber Johnson said...

Thank you! I hired someone to quilt it for me and she did a great job!

Carolyn said...

Love the colors. Have been thinking about make a plus quilt in Petite Wovens and Solid Reds.

Jan said...

I love everything about this quilt, and I'm sure your husband does, too.

Cathy said...

That is one awesome quilt! I hope he properly rewards you in the manner of your choice!!!

Quilts by PAR said...

Nice quilt. Looks like one I need to add to my to do list.

Emily Kim said...

Lovely!! That minky looks luscious! And the plus pattern doesn't make the 2" squares look so tiny...looks good!

Cassie said...

It turned out beautiful Sis! What a lucky guy. Love those fabric choices, too. :)

Tracey Holzer said...

Beautiful!

Laurie Haynes said...

You must love that man a whole lot, 'cause that's a lot of crazy tedious work lady! My hat's off to you, you are my hero. Well done:)

Kat said...

I think this is my favourite Plus quilt I've seen so far! Small pieces! You are patient!