Modern Plus Sign Quilts

Today, we are thrilled to be a part of the Modern Plus Sign Quilts Blog Hop celebrating the new book release by Aurifil Artisans, Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs and Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms!

The book contains 16 Modern Plus Sign quilt designs from easy to more challenging, using a variety of techniques such as traditional piecing, applique, and foundation paper piecing. The hop will run for two weeks and has over 40 stops, featuring various takes on designs from the book.

Modern Plus Sign Quilts

Cheryl and Paige love quilting their own quilts and offered to share some of their thoughts on how they quilted some of the quilts from the book.

Hey everyone! Thanks so much for joining us today. We’re super excited about the release of our new book and are just thrilled to embark on this fantastic blog tour in celebration.

For our book quilts, we chose to quilt either using a matching thread for each fabric color within the quilt top or with an allover quilting design. No matter which quilting design was used, Aurifil 50wt is our favorite as it blends well into the quilt top, adding a terrific texture to the finished quilt.

Matching the thread color to the fabric in the quilt top is great way of adding texture to the quilt without taking focus away from the piecing. While it tends to extend quilting time by adding more thread starts and stops, it can produce wonderfully intricate designs that can highlight certain areas of the piecing. Matching the thread to the fabric color is also a wonderful method to hide any bobbles and little mistakes as the thread color blends in with the underlying fabric.

Row Addition, Faceted Rings, and Tribal Plus are examples of quilting designs where the thread matches the fabric colors.

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Row Addition – Photograph by C&T Publications
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Faceted Rings – Photograph by C&T Publications
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Tribal Plus – Photograph by C&T Publications

For other quilts in the book, we decided to use a more allover design, with one thread color being quilted over multiple colors and fabrics. In these quilts, thread colors that blended in best with the background fabric were chosen.

Transparency Chains, Plus Surround, and Rick Rack Runner are examples of overall quilting designs.

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Transparency Chains – Photograph by C&T Publications
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Plus Surround – Photograph by C&T Publications
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Rick Rack Runner – Photograph by C&T Publications

Thanks so much for joining us and don’t miss all of the other stops along the hop. You’ll see some wonderful interpretations of quilts from our book and hear all about other designers’ esperiences in working with our patterns. Have fun!

To celebrate the book release, we’re giving away a mystery Large Spool Designer Collection featuring 12 Large Spools of Aurifil thread. For a chance to win, click HERE to head to the rafflecopter entry page. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Friday, March 16! Winner will be randomly selected and emailed on Monday, March 19. Good luck!

Monday, March 12th
Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Tuesday, March 13th
Soma @ Whims and Fancies
Ann @ Brown Paws Quilting
Kitty @ Night Quilter
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod
Shelly @ The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts

Wednesday, March 14th
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch
Abigail @ Cut & Alter
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th
Linda @ Flourishing Palms
Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Liz @ Savor Every Stitch
Stacey @ Stacey In Stitches
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
Patty @ Elm Street Quilts
Melanie @ A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog 

Friday, March 16th
Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts
Ruth @ Charly and Ben’s Crafty Corner
Christa @ Christa Quilts 

Monday, March 19th
Jessica @ Quilty Habit
Cindy @ Hyacinth Quilt Designs
Jennifer @ The Inquiring Quilter
Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

Tuesday, March 20th
Tish @ Tish N Wonderland
Judy @ Sew Some Sunshine
Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
Wanda @ Wanda’s Life Sampler
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Kate @ Smiles from Kate
Sue @ Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Carole @ From My Carolina Home
Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

Thursday, March 22nd
Debbie @ Esch House Quilts
Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
Janice @ Color Creating and Quilting
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne 

Friday, March 23rd
Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs
Paige @ Quilted Blooms


  1. I would like to make “Transparency Chains”. Looks like a cool book. Beautiful quilts! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  2. Transparency Chains Looks like something I would like to try, but they all are beautiful.

    1. It looks like you wanted me to tell you which plus quilt I’d like to make. I’ve only seen the ones in this post so I’m not sure yet.

  3. Each design is unique and very enticing. My first choice is Transparency Chains. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  4. Simple patterns always show off the quilting so well! You can get a subtle or very strong statement!

  5. Rick Rack Runner would be first. Eventually I would like to make the quilt shown on the cover of the book.

  6. I like the Tribal Plus design and the fabrics. I also many of the others. Love plus sign designs. Thanks for the chance to win really nice collection.

  7. I would make the Tribal Plus quilt first! Not sure of what colors I’d use, but I love the overall look! duchick at mchsi dot com

  8. Oh I want to make the Tribal Plus quilt. I am currently auditioning fabrics from stash to make this quilt.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  9. I would probably start with Faceted Rings. All look so interesting especially the way the quilting is done.

  10. I love the Tribal Plus quilt…so thats the one most likely I’d make. I love the versions made by Sophie’s @LunaLove and Afton @ Quilting Mod. Thank you!

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