Friday, July 30, 2021

Pretty in Pluses Reveal / Beauties Pageant 139

I wanted to share a new pattern I’ve been working on called Pretty in Pluses! 

This design was precipitated by a fat quarter bundle of Hindsight, by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics. I adore AMH’s collections, but this one in particular features large-scale prints. I had a hard time finding a pattern that would work with this line without cutting everything into little bits, so in the end, I just designed something myself.

The result is a modern take on a plus sign quilt. It’s a whole-composition design—in other words, the larger sizes are created by enlarging the plus signs, not by adding more blocks. I’ll be releasing the pattern in early September. It still needs to go through a round of testing and tech editing before it’s ready for you to sew. : )

I’m crushing hard on this finish, friends. Hindsight includes new colorways of AMH’s echinacea print. I think it might be my favorite fabric design of all time from her ...

I originally wanted to use the American Made Brand solid in light turquoise as the background but opted for Kona Silver instead because this beautiful print got lost against the pale green ...

The center block was an opportunity for a little fussy cutting ...

Pretty in Pluses’ simple, streamlined design was the perfect opportunity to get fancy with the quilting. My friend Ophelia quilted this with the most beautiful panto. I’m in love with the texture!

I’m excited to get this pattern into testers hands and see what they create. I’ll be sharing those beauties here and on Instagram in another month!

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The pageant rules are simple:
  • Post your finish in the linky tool. (No links to your own giveaway or linky, please!)
  • Point your readers back here with a text link or use the button above.
  • Visit and comment on other participants’ finishes.

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  1. Love your quilt, Michelle!!! Yes, that coneflower print is so good! Great way to feature it. A beauty of a quilt. Awesome quilting, too!

  2. It's so pretty! I love your quilt and completely understand being thrilled with the fabric and the finish. The fabrics are so vibrant that I didn't even see the gray background until you mentioned it. Congratulations on a great finish! Good luck with the pattern, too!

  3. This is a Beauty!!! and your fabric choices were perfect!! Can't wait to see what colorways your pattern testers choose!!!

  4. What a beautiful design, Michelle. Congratulations on the finish!!

  5. Such a dramatic quilt - congrats on a great finish!

  6. Such a beautiful quilt and design, Michelle. It looks amazing and so cheerful. Have a fabulous weekend and thank you for hosting the link party.

  7. That's a great pattern. Looks amazing.

  8. Great design. And wow! Check out your wonderful quilting.

  9. What size is this, Michelle? And what is the pantograph? Thanks!

    1. I made the throw size, which is 53" by 65". As for the pantograph, check it out here:

  10. Michelle this is one gorgeous quilt! Congrats on the finish.

  11. Love it! This is a perfect pattern for the AMH fabric.


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