Plus Quilt Along Week 4

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Welcome to week four 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

This is our final week and we're focused on finishing our quilts! I want to share a few different ideas for quilting your quilts as well as some posts that might be helpful!

I've quilted most of my plus quilts on my home sewing machine, primarily with my walking foot. My go-to quilting for plus quilts is to simply do lines 1/4" away from all the seams.

The other quilting pattern I like to use for plus quilts is diagonal lines. Especially for the 4.5" square size, I think this looks especially nice!

A word of caution however, for the 8" size, a diagonal line through each block may not be strong enough. I did this on mu double gauze plus quilt, and have had lots of broken seams as it's been used. the double gauze has so much weight to it, I'm sure that's not helping! To remedy this, I've added ties to the quilt. I think this adds to the overall coziness, it felt like the right fix for this particular quilt.

You can't go wrong with a simple free-motion quilting design for the plus quilt. For this one I quilted some simple loops.

I've had a few plus quilts long-arm quilted. I've gone for more structured geometric designs but also an organic loop too. They all look good in my opinion!

Need a refresher on basting/quilting basics? Check out my tutorial: Basting and Quilting Tutorial

It's fun to see how I've gone through phases in binding choices over the years. I think in my early quilting days I favored more bold choices for binding. Nowadays my go-to binding choice is usually the leftover backing fabric! I'm really loving the look of the backing and binding matching, I don't know why! It's also a nice way to use up the extra backing that is cut away after quilting, which is a bonus!

A classic choice is stripes! In my opinion, striped binding is always a good option!!
For non-quilting cotton quilts I love to add some texture contrast with the binding fabric. For both my flannel and double gauze plus quilts I used voile or lawn for the binding. The feeling of the smooth lawn against the soft fuzzy double gauze is delicious!

I am a dedicated machine binder, I have a tutorial for that too, if you're interested in trying it out: Machine Quilt Binding Tutorial

Thank you for quilting along with me! I hope you've enjoyed the quilt along! I'll be sharing my finished quilt later this week! :)

Happy Quilting!

1 comment :

  1. For the 2.5" squares (baby quilt), would you still quilt along every seam (or diagonal through every square)? I'm trying to find a shortcut but don't want to be disappointed in the end result. =)


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