Plus Quilt Along Week 1

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Welcome to the first week of the Plus Quilt Along! I'll be updating the Sew Along Page each week with all the posts so that you can easily catch up or reference these posts after the sew along ends!

I hope you'll sew along with us! Sew from the tutorial or the pattern:
Arithmetic Quilt Pattern
Modern Plus Quilt Tutorial

We're kicking off this week by choosing a quilt size (and square size) as well as fabric for our quilts! First let's look at your size options!

Choose a Quilt Size

The Arithmetic Quilt Pattern has six quilt size options and three square size options to choose from. The free tutorial is the same size as the 4.5" square throw quilt that's included in the pattern.

For quilt sizes, choose between a baby, throw, twin, double, queen, or king. Then choose your square size: 2.5", 4.5" or 8". If you'd like to use a different size square, feel free! The only thing you'll want to keep in mind is that it will change the overall size of your quilt, so you may need more/less fabric for the top, backing, and binding.

Choose Fabrics

There are so many different directions you could go in terms of choosing fabrics for this quilt! The 2.5" and 4.5" square quilts are perfect for fat quarters. For the 4.5" square quilts, you'll want to be extra careful when cutting, you'll need every bit of the fat quarter's 18" dimension!

Really bust some stash with the 8" square quilts, which use 1/2 yards (or 1/4 yard cuts).

If you'd prefer to cut from scraps or random stash, both the pattern and tutorial versions contain totals for each plus shape that appears in the quilt. Most of the quilt will be "full pluses" which are made up of five squares each. There are also partial pluses made up of four or three squares and single squares along the edges of the quilts.

I thought it would be fun to share a parade of plus quilts I've made over the years, to give you some ideas for choosing fabrics! I've made super bold and graphic plus quilts, and also subtle and soft ones. Many were made with quilting cottons, but you'll also see versions I made with flannel, double gauze, and vintage sheets. So many fabric combinations look good in this design!

Soft and Subtle Vintage Sheet Plus Baby Quilt

Sherbet Plus Throw and Baby Quilt

Geometric Bliss Plus Baby Quilt

Dreamin' Vintage Plus Baby Quilt

Sugar Plus Throw Quilt

Nordika Plus Throw Quilt

Castle Peeps Plus Throw Quilt
Double Gauze Plus Quilt

Imprint Plus Throw Quilt

Folksy Flannels Plus Quilt

Giant Neutral Plus Queen Quilt

Pinterest Board

Looking for even more plus quilt inspiration? I have a whole pinterest board filled with plus and cross quilts. Find it here: Plus and Cross Quilts Pinterest Board.

What I'm Making

During the quilt along, I plan on making a larger version of the Soft and Subtle Vintage Sheet Plus Baby Quilt I made earlier this year. I have a bunch of squares leftover from making that quilt, so I thought it would be a good way to use them up. I really want to see how the subtle palette looks on a larger scale too!

Happy Quilting!


  1. I just love this pattern! I made my top up at my retreat last weekend. I will post it to IG later during the sew along. Thank you for the inspiration. I might need to make a few baby quilts like this.

  2. oh jeni, they are all gorgeous. makes me want to get sewing right now, but alas i must carry on with my day and went till this evening. thanks for the happy post of quilts and lots of colour to start the day. have a good day jeni and family. (-:

  3. Thank you for sharing this! I love all the quilts you made, and am delighted to join-in. I want to make a baby quilt to donate to Children's Home Society of Florida, so this will be the perfect way to do so. Thank you very much!


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