Monday, March 12, 2018

Tribal Plus: Modern Plus Sign Book Hop

It is my pleasure to introduce Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander's Modern Plus Sign Quilts.

This book gave me a positive impression with its vibrant photographs, well-illustrated instructions and innovative ways to use a popular shape in modern quilts. Inspired by the past, the included plus quilts are current in technique, design, and fabric choice--giving new life to a classic. It would be a great addition to any quilting library.  An overview of fusible machine appliqué, making half-square triangles two at a time, foundation paper piecing, and binding will increase your skills and confidence as a quilter. To sum it up, this text is a great value with a total of 16 quilt projects in a variety of sizes and difficulty levels.

Purchase Modern Plus Sign Quilts from Connecting Threads ($16.93), C & T Publishing ($25.95), Amazon ($20.93) or the authors, who offer signed copies.

I created the Tribal Plus quilt from the book. Below is the version of Tribal Plus from the book.

Photo by C&T Publishing
My version uses fabrics from Art Gallery Wanderer

To complicate matters, I used many of the same colors as the pattern, but in different places. 

I also used directional fabrics. The book states, " The patterns in this book were written for non-directional prints and include directions for cutting and piecing that make the most efficient use of the fabric. If you decide to use a directional print, such as a stripe or a group of houses, you may need additional yardage beyond what is stated in the materials list. You may also need to alter the cutting or piecing instructions. We highly recommend making a test block to see what alternations might be necessary." Did I read that before sewing? Nope, so that's on me.

If you use directional prints for this pattern, you'll need to: A. Be less compulsive than I am about sideways horses and houses. or B. Cut some of the pieces length of fabric instead of width of fabric. Or better yet, read the preceding pages before you launch into making your pattern and choose a non-directional fabric. 

As for me, I loved using my luxurious, stashed April Rhodes prints; I have no remorse. This pattern was so slick, there's likely to be a next time, during which I'll actually read and follow all the instructions. Probably. Maybe. Eh, who am I kidding?

Tribal Plus finishes at 60.5" x 62.5", so it was a nice size for quilting on my domestic machine.

I echoed 1/2" away from the edge of the gold sections using a ruler foot. Angela Walters has a new Craftsy class on that subject, or you can join Craftsy Unlimited if you prefer a subscription model. In the gray section, I used Connecting Curves with Petals from Dorie Hruska's Making Connections book. In the mint section, I used straight lines after seeing a genius idea on Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl's IG feed. The red was filled in with spirals.

It always amazes me to see the variety possible with the same pattern, but different fabric choices and quilting. Check out projects from the other quilters on the hop to see the versatility of Modern Plus Sign Quilts.

Tuesday, March 13th
Signature Plus
Soma @ Whims and Fancies
Ann @ Brown Paws Quilting
Kitty @ Night Quilter

Tribal Plus
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod
Shelley @ The Carpenters Daughter Who Quilts

Wednesday, March 14th
Plus Surround
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch
Abigail @ Cut & Alter

Kaleidoscope Plus
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th
Postage Plus
Linda @ Flourishing Palms
Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Liz @ Savor Every Stitch
Stacey @ Stacey In Stitches

Rick Rack Runner
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
Patty @ Elm Street Quilts
Melanie @ A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog

Friday, March 16th
Row Addition
Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts

Transparency Chains
Ruth @ Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner
Christa @ Christa Quilts

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

Petal Plus
Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

Tuesday, March 20th
Message in a Bottle
Tish @ Tish N Wonderland
Judy @ Sew Some Sunshine
Emily @ The Darling Dogwood

Cute as a Button
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st
Anja @ Anja Quilts

Pinwheel Plus

Thursday, March 22nd

Bear Claw Plus
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

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  1. Wait another 24 hours and you'll see how my IG sketch gets translated into real life (I'm glad I could also provide inspiration for you!). I think your version of Tribal Plus is really vibrant and fun... so having things sideways just adds to the whimsy. :)

  2. Love your vibrant colours .

  3. I'm sorry I'm so like you when it comes to reading instructions. I quite frequently end up ordering extra fabric

  4. I liked that you made this in reverse colour order. Maybe you will get used to the sideways horses as it is a beautiful quilt even with sideways horses.

  5. Your Tribal Plus is awesome, I love the prints and quilting you used! Thank you so much for being part of the hop!!

  6. Such a beautiful quilt! I really love those fabrics too

  7. I love how you've ordered the prints/colors here. Great quilting decisions, too. It's beautiful!

  8. Such beautiful colors! Love your quilting, too.

  9. As always, colour placement can really change things up! Wonderful job Afton!

  10. Great choice of colors and I would not worry about the direction of fabrics, it looks fine to me, and your quilting looks great, a beautiful quilt to snuggle under.

  11. Beautiful quilt! I love your fabric choices. They seem to glow!

  12. Having fun on the blog hop... your quilt does glow!

  13. It turned out beautiful! Story of my life...cut first and then read the directions! LOL Love the quilting and what better fabric for the design!

  14. I am totally guilty of just diving into a pattern before reading instructions. And much like my head, my fabric directions run everywhere :) Love how your version of this quilt turned out. These fabrics made for a positively bright and fun quilt.

  15. Thanks for all the tips about directional prints. It sounds like something I would have done as well. :) Love your photography for this pretty quilt!

  16. Your pattern reading sounds a lot like mine!!! No matter - you have a beautiful quilt! Love the colours you have used on it.

  17. Actin your quilt is sublime and I too love all the variations being shared. Thanks and congratulations on a beautiful finish esp the quilting you did too.

  18. Your version of this quilt is wonderful! Love the colors.

  19. I love the colors you chose for this quilt. Gorgeous! I love the quilting on it too. It gives it a lovely texture!

  20. I love your version of Tribal Plus. The Wanderer prints are lovely.

  21. You used some wonderful colour and fabric combinations, even though you did have a little trouble. A gorgeous interpretation of the pattern.

  22. Your version of this quilt is beautiful. I am one to read directions after moving forward on a project also. Thanks for sharing your quilt, I love the colors.

  23. Afton, I love the fabrics you chose and how you quilted Tribal Plus! No matter which way the the prints are facing, it's awesome! Thank you for contributing to the hop!

  24. Very fun quilt--terrific narrative of how we all look at patterns and fabrics (a shape? Great! Let's cut!) and how a good quilter like yourself makes things turn out great. Fun to read, and a gorgeous quilt!

  25. Funny another Tribal Plus in Art Gallery fabrics! Lovely fabric choices, and LOL on reading (or not) the instructions.

  26. Yummy colors! So warm and inviting. The color placement really changes the look of this quilt pattern!

  27. I love the warm colours you have used, I would happily make this with the same fabric. x

  28. Directional fabric - they get us every time! Quilt looks awesome though!

  29. Fun that you changed the FMQing with the fabric colors. Great finish.

  30. A pretty quilt - love the use of colors in your quilt! Thank you for sharing, Susan

  31. I love everything about this quilt. That includes the pattern, fabric and the way you quilted it.

  32. Your quilt is fabulous; love the colors and if you hadn't mentioned the directional fabric I don't think I would have even noticed.

    Your quilting is lovely too.

  33. Gorgeous - so rich looking!

  34. Love the yellow and orange.

  35. Totally gorgeous... I love your fabrics!!

  36. Really pretty quilt...Love the colours, those earthtones !

  37. It's a beautiful quilt, regardless of the print direction. Nice job!

  38. Yes, this turned out fantastic even without worrying about the directional aspect! Love the colors together.

  39. Beautiful quilt! Love your colors, warm and wonderful. Great job! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Hello Afton,

    Love this quilt - so bold and cheerful! Those swirls can be really hard work to quilt on a large quilt, and have given a real sense of movement.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv

  41. This quilt turned out great! The individual quilting within each colors adds to the movement and feel of the quilt.