Blogger's Quilt Festival

Friday, October 29, 2010


Castle Peeps Plus Quilt - Front, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Today is the beginning of Amy's Bloggers Quilt Festival! I am sharing the most recent quilt that I finished and my current favorite, my Castle Peeps Plus quilt. Last year in studio art, we did a section on tessellations. After creating one of my own, I thought it would be fun to make a tessellating quilt! The tessellating plus is not a new pattern, it's been around for a long time. I had been saving my FQ stack of Castle Peeps by Lizzy House for something special and this was just the project!

I probably could have found an existing method for constructing this quilt, but I decided to work up measurements and a method my own way. This worked fairly well with the exception of one minor cutting issue in the beginning! A single plus requires 5 squares, not 4! ;)


Castle Peeps Plus Quilt, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Up until this point I had mostly free motion quilted. For this quilt I knew it needed straight-line. I quilted 1/4" on the side of each seam, horizontally and vertically. It had it's share of issues, but all in all I was happy with how to all came together! This was the first time that I quilted using colored thread! I went with chartreuse to help highlight the green prints, which were my favorite :)

If anyone is interested, I created a tutorial with my measurements and way of doing it. Also instructions for the pieced scrappy back! You can find it here


Castle Peeps Plus Quilt - Back, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Thanks for stopping by!

45 comments :

verykerryberry said...

Lovely and bold, the colours are great I like the continuity of the cross shapes with the quilting and the back design- works really well!

Mary said...

i was very drawn to this quilt- beautiful colors and nice pattern!

moira said...

I've always been a bit wary of all colour quilts but this is proving to me that they work!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It's beautiful Jeni! I'm thinking about your tutorial for my FFA2 stack!

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

Gosh, this is a pretty quilt. I think I might try your pattern. Thanks for the tutorial! I really love how you quilted this too!

Elizabeth Dackson said...

I have your tutorial all printed out and as soon as I finish my holiday sewing, I fully intend to make a Plus Quilt! My brother is really into tessellation photography, and I figure he would really appreciate a quilt like this. Thanks for the tute! I love how this quilt turned out, it's so bright and beautiful!

Victory Garden Yarn said...

Geez, I really need to learn how to use my sewing machine, this is so inspiring! Knitting needles are my friend...sewing needles, however, are not. Maybe I'll change that after the holidays die down!

Lee said...

Love this! What a great use of one of my favorite fabric lines. And I like the back almost as much as the front. Thanks for the tutorial, it's on my to-do list.

Tracey Jacobsen said...

I love this design, and it looks so great in the castle peeps! :)

Jennifer said...

I love this! It looks great in the bright colors of this line!

Jennifer :)

felicity said...

I love castle peeps, and I love your design - thanks for sharing (the tutorial too - bonus!!).

Truffle queen said...

I love your quilt - and I've already downloaded it and printed it out! Now to gather the fabrics to make it! This it will be red/white/blue for a wounded soldier for the Quilts of Valor!

Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Great quilt! A fabulous way of showing off those great prints. As one who also has made their share of "quilt math" mistakes, I appreciate you sharing your process. Awesome job.

Mystica said...

Thank you for the link. I think this is something I could do.

Rebecka said...

Beautiful quilt and great fabrics. Good job figuring out your own pattern. The back is fun!

Kaye Prince said...

I know I already told you that I love this - but I really do! Great job Jeni!

Jenny said...

big fan of this quilt!!

Mary said...

Your quilt looks amazing! I wasn't previously a huge fan of this fabric line, but I REALLY love it in your plus quilt! I may have to give your tutorial a try. Thanks for sharing your process!

Megan said...

You know I love this quilt to pieces, and someday I'm gonna get to your cross tute!!

Sew Lovins said...

very cute...love it!

Karen said...

Love this quilt. Its such a great design.

Katie B said...

I love this quilt, Jeni! Great fabric and design.

Carol said...

Pretty layout of the fabric :)

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

Such a lovely quilt and the quilting design is just fabulous. Love how the back looks with that design on brown. Someday I have to make this quilt!

Anonymous said...

Love it! Great modern design.

Allie said...

This is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!

wishes, true and kind said...

Wow, great job! I love it front and back!

Anonymous said...

*sigh* I love it!

Unknown said...

So fun! I love the bright colors :)

Angie @ CraftedAngles said...

Very neat! This is a great quilt for the castle peeps fabric collection.

Angie - www.craftedAngles.com

Unknown said...

I haven't seen this tesselated pattern before - love, love, love your design on the pieced back!

Karen said...

Hi Jeni.
This is a great quilt. I love your colour choices and placement. It looks so vibrant!

Leslie said...

this is so pretty. i love the pattern and fabrics that you used.

Splendorfalls said...

I love your quilting!

mamammelloves said...

I absolutely love this pattern! What a lovely quilt! :)

Anonymous said...

LOVE the pattern!
LOVE the back!
LOVE the fabric!

Overall, I LOVE this quilt!

~ Meagan

Dresden Quilter said...

I love this quilt. I bought the fat quarter collection too but I have not decided yet what to make with it.

Kate said...

Very fun and bright. I really like the scrappiness of your quilt.

Hideaway Girl said...

Love this pattern - Perfect for showcasing bright, fun fabric!

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

This is one of my favorite cross quilts ever! I love the fabrics you chose and I love the straight line quilting. Perfect-o!!

Vicki said...

love it! this is one of my favorite quilts this time!

Paulette said...

I love this! As I was reading down, I was hoping there would be a hint as to how you made it, and then I saw the tutorial link. Thanks so much! This is a great quilt.

Emily said...

The quilting makes a FAB design on the back!! Great quilt..

domoshar said...

It is a beauty!
So crisp and chatty at the same time!
Very cheerful!

Eileen said...

love you quilt!! first thought was that it was like a game i love--tetris! just love how the shapes float off the edges. really nice job with fabrics, too. thanks for sharing a great quilt and have a nice day