Years ago when I first started quilting, I pinned an image of a plus quilt. It seemed like a modern classic to me and has been on my list ever since, so it’s with great pleasure that I can finally say that I made one! I gifted it over the weekend to my brother-in-law Alex and his wife Krystle who are expecting a baby boy in the next few weeks — a new nephew for me, and the first boy grandchild for my mother-in-law after two girls in Emma and Charlotte.
The fabric is from a fat quarter bundle of Kujira and Star by Rashida Coleman Hale for Cotton + Steel. I loved the blues and teals — and the whales are so cute! The collection also has a subtle Japanese theme, which is fitting since Krystle’s brother lives in Okinawa and they have traveled there to visit him. I used this free Plus Quilt pattern download from For the Love of George, picked my 9 favorite fat quarters from the collection, and got to work. Simply sewing squares and rectangles into rows made this a really nice and easy sew.
The backing is an Asian-inspired koi fish print that I picked up at Joann’s, where I discovered a new collection of premium quilt cotton! There were several nice patterns, and the fabric feels nice and soft. I’m pretty excited to have more options that I can get locally, since none of the quilt shops closest to me have much in the way of modern prints.
Looking forward to meeting my new nephew soon!