I drew this simple and easy pattern quite a few months ago. It all started with my wanting to make a plus pattern quilt, but I wanted to do a bit more than the traditional plus blocks. While fiddling with the design, I added the little squares on top. That became my Squares Plus pattern. Then I got distracted by other shiny new things and it lay forgotten.
A few notes about the pattern –
The pattern includes both paper piecing AND regular piecing instructions.
This is a very beginner-friendly and scrap-happy pattern. It should be fun to use up some scraps for this block. Charm packs can be used as well.
These were the two colourways that I was originally going to use. One day when I make a larger quilt using this pattern, I will probably go back to one of these two.
In June there was an abundance of yellow and orange colours in the photos I took for my Wandering Camera project. Inspired by those colours, I made the first Squares Plus block.
It was such a fast block to make, I had the rest of the blocks done in no time. Then a multitude of summer events happened and unfortunately they were stowed away. Recently however, I really wanted to finish this quilt.
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Remembering how much I enjoyed the wavy quilting on Floating At Dawn,
I quilted this one with wavy lines too.
The recipient of the quilt was keeping me company whilst I worked on it.
This little quilt reminds me of a breezy day in the midst of flowers, water and grass. It makes me smile to see my beloved kitty sleeping peacefully on it, hopefully dreaming of the things I envisioned in the colours of this quilt.
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Su-sieee! Mac October 12, 2016 at 11:38
Very cool pattern. I like your color combination a lot.
jesh StG October 10, 2016 at 13:59
Welcome to SEASONS with your experience of the SEASON and many thanks for your sharing! – my guess is you are making your own patterns for the quilts? The present one is sharp and bright:) Also love the waves and the fabric you showed:) Wishing you a great week of quilting!
Susan October 5, 2016 at 08:48
Nice pattern and love the balloons too! Thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers
Hilary October 4, 2016 at 08:04
This is so cool! I love how geometric it is :)
Tamar Strauss-Benjamin September 30, 2016 at 02:12
Great colors and fabrics!
Teje September 27, 2016 at 12:31
Hi Soma! This beautiful quilt for your gorgeus cat! Just today I gave a quilt to Nelli! x Teje
Kim Sharman September 27, 2016 at 03:47
Oh to be your kitty. =) Lovely quilt and such a clever pattern. I wonder what creative genius you will dream up next, Soma.
Cheryl September 26, 2016 at 12:42
Great pattern! I really like how it looks like the squares are laid over a plus sign.
Kate September 26, 2016 at 03:58
Beautifully done. Love the rich colors with the bright blue. Congrats on a a gorgeous pattern.
maggie fellow September 23, 2016 at 07:24
really interesting take on the plus quilt idea. I like the wavy quilting will have to try that.
Janine @ Rainbow Hare September 22, 2016 at 13:53
This is a great block pattern, Soma, and lovely quilting :)
Sandra September 22, 2016 at 13:11
It’s truly beautiful Soma! It has a 3D effect at times, like the small squares are floating on the plus. Smart, creative woman! :-)
Maria September 22, 2016 at 12:57
Such a lovely quilt design Soma! I loved the fabrics you used too…just perfect.
Dixie September 22, 2016 at 12:55
Wonderful design. I love how the quilt flows with texture and movement. Up and away so lovely too.
Well done, indeed!
Jen September 22, 2016 at 11:45
What a simple and pretty pattern! I would love to see this scrappy as well. I really love that teal that is the background in your quilt. It is one of my favorite fabrics. I have a couple of yards on my shelf and this reminds me that I really need to use it. :)
krislovesfabric September 22, 2016 at 11:05
Very pretty :) The squares really leap to the front and the colors are yummy, great finish!!
Kathleen September 22, 2016 at 08:26
I like your inspired take on the plus block. And your color choices too!
Kathi Riemer September 22, 2016 at 08:00
I love this pattern. Both of the color ways you show us look stunning. I think this is a no-fail pattern for beginners and veterans alike.
susie September 22, 2016 at 07:43
Your newest quilt is just beautiful! I love the gold and blue colors you put together. Your dear kitty will look beautiful when sleeping on it! The wavy quilting is perfect… I think it gives the suggestion of wind , or energy , to the straight lines of the design. How fun to see your designs “come to life ” from your photo inspirations!
You have designed another awesome pattern, Renaissance Lady!
Mary September 22, 2016 at 06:59
I really like the 3-D look that the extra plus gives, Soma. The wavy line quilting looks great on it. I love the comfortable perch that the recipient is enjoying. It looks pretty comfortable to me!