Friday, May 8, 2015

Evening Addition: A Finished Quilt

I just finished this large plus quilt which I call Evening Addition.  I made it as part of the Hands2Help Challenge and it will be going to Happy Chemo.  I wanted to make a more manly quilt this year, and I think this is just what I had in mind.

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

Ever since I made Christmas Addition in December, I have wanted to make another plus quilt with even bigger squares.  These finish at 7.5 inches.  It was a great stash busting quilt.

You can cut five eight inch squares out of a quarter yard of fabric.  So for a quilt top which finishes at 60 x 75 inches, you just need four yards of fabric.  I used eight dark/black fabrics and eight medium/gray fabrics.  I was able to piece the quilt top in less than 2 hours.

Then I took it to my mother's to try free motion quilting on her frames.  Her long arm machine is in an unfinished portion of her basement.  We hung up some white hospital sheets to help reflect more light.

I kept it simple and quilted a loopy spiral.  I don't think I saved much time quilting it on the frames instead of my sit down machine, but it was fun to try something new.

The backing is a red, black, and gray flannel which I was given.  It brightens up the quilt and adds some softness.  I was amazed at how well I was able to keep the plaid straight on the frames.

I had to piece the plaid.  Can you find my seam?

I'll give you a hint:  One little blue stripe is narrower than the rest.  :D

I am so pleased with how it turned out.  

I quilted it with a black thread, and I love how it looks.  Even on the lighter grays.  It dresses them up.

It was this star print which helped me come up with the name.  It brings evening to mind. Hence "Evening Addition."

I bound the quilt in this fun print which is two of the big pluses.

I enjoyed making this so much that I am sure to make another large plus quilt with eight inch cut squares.

Quilt Stats #139
Quilt name:  Evening Addition
Pattern:  Plus blocks made with eight inch squares
Fabric: Blacks and grays from my stash.
Amount used: 8.5 yards
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Size: About 60 x 75 inches
Date finished: May 2015
What I learned:
  • I can do free-motion quilting on my mom's long arm, but still have more control on my sit down quilting machine.
  • I personally like the free-motion quilting more than the computerized quilting on my mom's machine, but I believe there is a purpose for everything.  
  • The large plus quilt is so much fun and fast to make.  

Monkey had fun testing this quilt out while I was trying to take pictures.  He makes for a cute photo bomb.

The Hands2Help Challenge ends at the end of May, so there is still time if you want to make a quilt to donate.  :D


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  1. Great finish, Jasmine. Love the plus quilt and your quilt design is awesome!

  2. Beautifully done, Jasmine! I love this quilt and it is certainly going to be greatly appreciated by the lucky recipient!

    The Monkey photo bomb is precious!! :) What a handsome boy!

  3. Oh I love this in the grey! And the flannel backing make it feel very masculine. Great choice of quilting too. I'm surprised you said it took you the same amount of time as doing at your home machine, I'm supposing that includes loading it, etc? Basting, setting up my machine and shoving a quilt through take so much time for me! I always imagine a long arm being quicker.

  4. he is so cute...sitting on his quilt....outfit see the seam til you pointed it out..looks great!

  5. The perfect guy quilt! I guess I need to put a 'plus' quilt on my to do list, I like them more everytime I see one.

  6. Another beautiful quilt! This is a fun quilting design, I wonder which one you like the best, the sit-down machine or your mom's longarm? It's hers right? Love the backing too, perfect! :-)

  7. Wonderful H2H quilt! The plus motif works great in such large patches - really features the fabrics and shows off your FMQ. I love your flannel backing, too. Great manly quilt.

  8. This is a perfectly manly quilt. You did a great job on your quilting. It gets easier the more you do!

  9. That quilting pattern is one of my favorite go-tos! Your piecing of the back is masterful; well done.

  10. I really love this one! A perfect name as well!

  11. Another great finish! I adore the plaid in the back!

  12. you and the puns!! lol

  13. Yea, I think plus quilts are the greatest invention since sliced bread. They're fast! and give a great look. So, how'd you like quilting on a big long arm compared to your mid?

  14. Whoop whoop Jasmine! What a super cool guy quilt!
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  15. Awesome H2H quilt. I might have to make a plus quilt. Thanks for sharing.

  16. This is a perfect example of how handsome big blocks can look when you use the right fabrics. Great work Jasmine! That flannel you used on the back is exactly the right touch too.
    I wish I had an adorable little guy to test my quilts. :)

  17. No, I cannot find the seam but I do see the handsomeness of the manly quilt!!!
    Monkey is adorable :-)

  18. Such a great finish. Is it really easier to do on your sit down machine? I find the long arm a lot faster and easier, even with loading it. But then I really detest basting, so maybe that's why.

  19. Back home and had to check out your long arm product!! Looks fantastic!! I like the idea of taking a layer pack and making it into a pattern like you did. THis will make for a great H2H donation! (I'm binding mine this week).
    Thanks for the fun lunch together at HMQS. (BTW Your mom is adorable!)

  20. Love this - really suits the fabrics in this size. Am wanting to make a manly large plus quilt now too!

  21. Lovely to see what everyone has made.

  22. How nice to make such a manly quilt. I need to do that more often, too. It's very classy!

  23. That's a great quilt pattern. I need to remember for next years challenge. Your color choice is terrific. I am going to have to go back and find your Christmas version.

  24. Jasmine, this is a great man's quilt!! I love it - hope you don't mind if we use this design for some ministry quilts! Thanks so much for participating in the Challenge this year!!

  25. This is the prefect quilt for a man. I love the pattern. Great choice for H2H quilt.

  26. What a great quilt, and that little guy certain gives his stamp of approval.


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