APQ quiltalong- It all adds up

First of all i thought I would sneak in a few pics of my grandkids. Jarrod and Lindsey’s little angel, Imrie Reign Alexander.

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and of course Nolan delivering a Valentine package to his cousin.


I am participating in the third annual American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt-Along.


This year the folks at Meredith have all kinds of projects to make as you Quilt-along. Two patterns in APQ, one in Quilts and More, and one online, all with one theme—this year it’s plus-sign quilts. They are calling the quilt-along “It All Adds Up.”
I have always loved the simplicity of the RED CROSS logo
and now to see all the popularity of Cross/Plus Sign quilts, I knew I wanted needed a reason to quilt-along.

Here are the “It All Adds Up” quilt-along projects:
1. “Plus Postage” quilt from designer Susan Ache
Instagram: yardgrl60
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2. “Grand Total” from designer Pat Bravo
Instagram: patbravodesign
website: patbravo.com
Instructions are in the April 2016 issue of APQ for both of these quilts.
Pat Bravo-APQ
3. “Easy Addition” from designer Brenda M. Ratliff
websites: justabitfrayed.com and pinkcastlefabrics.com
Instructions are in the Spring 2016 issue of Quilts and More

I had a hard time making up my mind on which one to make. I started out with Susan Ache’s version but then had an idea of who I wanted to make this quilt for. The end product needed to be a bigger quilt and I didn’t want to make more blocks, so I decided to morph Susan Ache and Pat Bravo together. They both live in Florida so they do have that in common. Makes sense to me!

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My version is based on a 2″ finished grid.

IMG_7419 copyI love love the little plus signs thrown through out. They just make me smile!

IMG_7420 copyA positive – negative filler block thrown in.

IMG_7422 copySome of the plus signs got elongated into cross shapes.
The blocks are 16″ finished.

IMG_7424 copyIf you are quilting along, please include the same hashtag as the first two years, #APQQuiltalong. I love seeing the pictures of everyone’s projects.

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IMG_7417 copyI added one row of pieced squares in between the blocks and am
excited to send it off to let the quilter work her magic!!

As a bonus there is a super-easy plus sign pillow from the HowToSew.com site.


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