Welcome to the book hop for Modern Plus Sign Quilts authored by Cheryl and Paige. Being a hard core paper piecing designer, I don’t get to play with traditional quilting. I had been wanting to make a Plus Sign quilt for a while, so I was thrilled to have a chance to make one for this event.
The book is full of beautiful quilt patterns, it was quite difficult to choose one. Ultimately though, I kept coming back to the one called Signature Plus due to the history behind this quilt.
Photo by C&T Publications
Cheryl’s post about the history of Signature Plus
You can also see a photo of the original Signature Plus quilt on that page. It’s simply incredible.
Yellow and grey is my favourite combination. The colours represent my favourite seasons – autumn and winter. I love yellow leaves on grey asphalt, nature mingling with man-made. The colour choice was easy and I had my pattern. The only question remaining was what to make.
Tea is a very big deal in our home. I have more tea at home than most tearooms. On weekend afternoons, we read together over cups of tea. Inspired by the various tea towels I have collected during our UK holidays, I decided to make a tea mat.
I reversed the colours and made four matching coasters. I quilted both with mostly vertical lines, crossed with very sparse horizontal lines to draw the eye in one direction, lending a sense of flow. I also used a lighter yellow binding to stay with the colour palette while drawing focus to the Plus Signs. The binding fabric has tiny little leaves, tea leaves if you will – a happy coincidence!
The pattern was very easy to follow. I used a small section of the Signature Plus quilt from the book to make the mat.
One of the big advantages of this book is that it is full of patterns for both beginner and advanced quilter alike. You can make a big or small quilt, or use part of the design for a small finish like I did. Cheryl and Paige even included general instructions for all techniques used in this book. It is a great introduction to Plus Sign quilts.
Signed copies of Modern Plus Sign Quilts can be purchased at –
Meadow Mist Design (Cheryl) Etsy Shop
Quilted Blooms (Paige) Etsy Shop
Can also be purchased @ amazon.com
I hope you get to make something from this book that you get to cherish or as a fabulous gift for someone else.
Many thanks to Cheryl and Paige for including me in this fun book hop. I will be thinking about my friends when I use this tea mat and coasters during afternoon tea. If it weren’t for them, it would have been forever before this paper piecing designer got to make her Plus quilt.
Thank you for visiting me! Make sure to visit Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs and Paige @ Quilted Blooms for the full list of quilters who are participating in this book hop, and please also visit these wonderful quilters who are showing off their beautiful makes today –
Ann @ Brown Paws Quilting
Kitty @ Night Quilter
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod
Shelley @ The Carpenters Daughter Who Quilts
I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page. Please pay a visit to some of them.
Flashinscissors March 27, 2018 at 08:10
Your tea mat and coasters are really striking in that gorgeous yellow! Love your photos, and how you show your quilting lines so well!
Connie K Campbell March 26, 2018 at 11:46
Beautiful Soma, love the colors!
audrey March 24, 2018 at 00:46
Gorgeous in these colors!
Tu-Na Quilts March 22, 2018 at 09:31
Beautiful tea set. Somehow I thought you’d turn one of these patterns from the book into a paper piecing project. Sometimes, it’s nice to play outside the box.
Jocelyn Thurston March 19, 2018 at 12:17
That mustard colour is beautiful and what very neat and tidy stitching. Tea is a big deal in our house too and I really should think about making tea mats.
Julie @ The Crafty Quilter March 19, 2018 at 08:03
This is such a great idea! I love the matching coasters, too. Very pretty set and it only makes the tea taste better!
Lynette March 19, 2018 at 07:33
wow, Soma! This table set sure turned out beautifully! The reverse colors and knife-edge finish of the coasters go perfectly with the table quilt. I really like the effect of having two small crosses to the sides in one orientation, and only 1 small cross in the other. Everything is so very pleasing on this. :)
betty - NZ March 18, 2018 at 16:06
I love this set! The colors are awesome and they are so functional.
Elvira March 16, 2018 at 23:37
The color combo is perfect ad especially the reverse combination of the coasters. Simply beautiful
Rita S March 16, 2018 at 17:06
Really like your quilt and the quilting you did on it. It’s fun to see that what I’m doing is similar to what you did, thanks for sharing.
Carol March 16, 2018 at 12:22
It’s so bright and cheerful, love the clean design.
Susie March 16, 2018 at 06:00
Your plus tea time table topper is just stunning! The quilting is perfection. And the colors, along with the reversed colors coasters, make it such a beautiful set that perfect for your tea mugs! I would love to drop in at tea time, and have some tea with you two and the kitties! I’d even bring a book along so we could read, too!
What a gorgeous project for this blog hop!!
Cindy Shelley March 15, 2018 at 20:55
Love you color choices
Ruth March 15, 2018 at 13:57
I love your colour choices and your tea set too! Lovely set and a great interpretation of the pattern.
Susan Spiers March 14, 2018 at 16:16
Wonderful set – how bright & happy are your colors!
Mary March 14, 2018 at 08:48
I love this, Soma. The colors are so striking together and the quilting is perfect. The matching coasters are wonderful too. It’s almost too pretty to use.
Emily March 13, 2018 at 16:34
I love how you inverted the colors to make the set complement each other. Lovely interpretations of the pattern!
Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter March 13, 2018 at 16:05
What a lovely idea! The colors you chose really compliment the design. Bravo!
Sandra Walker March 13, 2018 at 15:55
Just LOVE your interpretation of the Signature Plus quilt Soma! A tea mat!!! I must make one, as I’m an afternoon tea drinker too. I love the image of you and your husband drinking tea and reading together in the afternoons. :-)
Kim Sharman March 13, 2018 at 15:32
This is a lovely little tea mat, Soma and the coasters are delightful. Love the colours and fabrics you chose. It teams perfectly with your tea pot and mugs. I too enjoy many a cup of tea. If truth be told, probably too many. The vintage red cross quilt is a stunner and those signatures are so very poignant.
Janine @ Rainbow Hare March 13, 2018 at 15:21
This is a lovely set you’ve made for your tea. I like that you’ve made something useful as well as beautiful :)
Paige @ Quilted Blooms March 13, 2018 at 14:18
Soma, what a great idea to make a tea mat and coasters using Signature Plus. I love what you said about fall leaves on asphalt and your colors represent that perfectly! Thank you for taking part in the hop, we greatly appreciate your contribution! And, your photography is amazing as usual!
Wendy March 13, 2018 at 14:10
I’m new to your blog, but that set drew me in from the minute I saw it! It’s so pretty. Your weekend afternoons with tea and books made me smile. What a lovely idea, and this little set will be just the thing for those afternoons! I have the book, and I can’t wait to get started on some of the projects!
Jo March 13, 2018 at 13:15
I just love this mini plus sign quilt you’ve made! Yellow and grey are a favourite of mine too. And so cool to make little coasters to go with it. Being British, tea is big in our house, but I’m thinking maybe placemats would be good
Kate March 13, 2018 at 12:41
How very pretty. Love your colour combination and how you made the colour inverted coasters, clever.
Sherry March 13, 2018 at 12:24
I love the colors you used and it has been great to see the creative projects everyone has made. Thanks for sharing.
Lace Faerie March 13, 2018 at 12:16
Love the coasters!
Anna March 13, 2018 at 12:00
Very very nice ty for sharing your talent with us… email@example.com
BillieBee March 13, 2018 at 11:59
Great table topper. I especially love the orange fabric!!!
Cheryl Brickey March 13, 2018 at 10:40
Beautiful set! I love how the coasters are the inverse of the table topper. Thanks so much for being part of the hop!!
Janice Holton March 13, 2018 at 10:33
Love this coppery color! Great photography too!
Jen Rosin March 13, 2018 at 09:58
What a lovely color selection for this tea mat and coaster set! And a great idea for the Signature Plus design. It is so pretty! Great job! :)
Mary Furber March 13, 2018 at 09:52
Your choice of a small mat and coasters is wonderful. I may have to steal the idea!
Karen March 13, 2018 at 09:49
Fantastic color palette. I like that you made something you will use regularly. It makes such a beautiful table setting – I could become a tea drinker!
I’ve been perusing your blog this morning. Very interesting and beautiful photos. I’m glad you joined the hop and I found you.
Vasudha March 13, 2018 at 09:28
Love the tea mat and the coasters – your warm colors evoke memories of curling up with a hot steaming cup of (masala) tea and the sweet smell of early monsoon rains.
Jane March 13, 2018 at 09:05
Lovely projects. With combining tea and quilting together is a HUGE PLUS in my book. Nicely done Soma!
Dixie March 13, 2018 at 08:35
A beautiful set, Soma. A lovely tea lovers dream!
Kaholly March 13, 2018 at 08:33
Oh, my goodness, what an ingenious idea! Showcases this pattern beautifully. Well done!
krislovesfabric March 13, 2018 at 08:29
Love the fabric choices, such a pretty tea set :)
Lady Fi March 13, 2018 at 07:49
Love the colours of that quilt!
ali March 13, 2018 at 07:46
Lovely mini and the coasters are very cute!!!
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty March 13, 2018 at 07:31
I was drawn to this design, too — the history behind it definitely adds to its charm! Your idea for a tea mat is brilliant. Well done!
Abigail @cutandalter March 13, 2018 at 07:22
I love what you have done with this design. What a fantastic idea for a tea mat with reversed coasters – I may just have to ‘borrow’ it!! I was recently on a longarm quilting academy and there were two tutors from the States – they couldn’t believe quite how much tea us Brits drink!
Louise March 13, 2018 at 06:54
Your tea mat is beautiful! I love the way you photographed it in the slanting light. That really highlighted the quilting and texture.
Cindy March 13, 2018 at 06:54
Gorgeous. And practical.
Quilter Kathy March 13, 2018 at 06:43
Very pretty photographs of your lovely project!
Jayne March 13, 2018 at 06:37
I really like these colors and your version of the Signature Plus design!
nancy seitz March 13, 2018 at 06:32
Great idea. Love
Rhona March 13, 2018 at 06:25
Love your color choices, nice little set for tea!
Tish March 13, 2018 at 05:50
What a great idea to turn this beautiful quilt into coasters and a tea mat! Love that lovely mustard combined with the light gray.
Kitty March 13, 2018 at 05:41
This is lovely!! I really love how the reverse coasters complement the tea mat–and what a great use for one big block! Now you’ve got me itching to make one, too!!
Patty March 13, 2018 at 04:57
I just love this mini that you made – the color of the fabric is just gorgeous!
Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting March 13, 2018 at 04:57
Nice interpretation. It was interesting to read about your color choices.
Lisa March 13, 2018 at 04:28
This is beautiful Soma…and the photography is amazing. I drink copious amounts of tea as well.
Velda March 13, 2018 at 04:16
Nice nice nice. Thanks for sharing.
Helen March 13, 2018 at 01:30
I like your take on this . Like yourself I am a tea drinker , I’m drinking a cup as I read this
Jean McKinstry March 12, 2018 at 23:19
Lovely colours you have chosen, blending so well together.
Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl March 12, 2018 at 21:22
What a lovely set! I like that you made the coasters without a binding and inverse of the tea mat!