Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Hop


Plus Sign Quilt - Tea Mat & Coasters In Yellow & Grey | Whims And Fancies



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.



Plus Sign Quilt - Tea Mat & Coasters In Yellow & Grey | Whims And Fancies



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.



Plus Sign Quilt - Tea Mat & Coasters In Yellow & Grey | Whims And Fancies



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.



Plus Sign Quilt - Tea Mat & Coasters In Yellow & Grey | Whims And Fancies



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!



Plus Sign Quilt - Tea Mat & Coasters In Yellow & Grey | Whims And Fancies



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 @


I hope you get to make something from this book that you get to cherish or as a fabulous gift for someone else.  



Plus Sign Quilt - Tea Mat & Coasters In Yellow & Grey | Whims And Fancies



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


Happy Sewing,


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LOTS Of Paintings And Sidewalk Cafes

ICAD 2015 - Element Picker | Whims And Fancies


Day 7 – Periodic Table

Derivative of Colour Picker – An Element Picker


Last year I got to know about icad – Index Card A Day – at Daisy Yellow, but it was toward the very end of the event.  So I decided to not bother joining it at the last moment.  This year, however, I was ready to jump start my drawing, which I had been missing very dearly.  Since the 1st of June I made a commitment to draw one index card per day.  This set is from my first week.



ICAD 2015 - Taxi | Whims And Fancies


Day 6 – Taxi

They need to go home too!



ICAD 2015 - Owl | Whims And Fancies


Day 5 – Owl

Want to play in the rain with me?



ICAD 2015 - Mailbox | Whims And Fancies


Day – 4 Mailbox

From the Edwardian Era, for one of my favourite authors, P. G. Wodehouse



ICAD 2015 - Map | Whims And Fancies


Day 3 – Map

Milky Way, in case you were going that way



ICAD 2015 - Carnival | Whims And Fancies


Day 2 – Carnival

The book Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury has haunted my dreams for a very long time, but no more.



ICAD 2015 - Chevron | Whims And Fancies


Day 1 – Chevron

I love to swim in the summer; sunlight reflecting off water is one my favourite sights.



The event runs until July 31st, that makes a total of 61 cards.  You can find out more about it at the Daisy Yellow website in case you are inclined to join in.  It should be a lot of fun for kids too.  I am really loving it so far and I am very happy with my progress.  I hope you enjoyed the little show and tell.  I will share more cards as I draw along.



Sidewalk Cafe Quilt Pattern for travel or coffee and tea lover | Whims And Fancies



I have one little sewing note to mention.  Since I love coffee and tea so much, cafe stops are a must for me while travelling.  Those are also the best places to try out local food and watch life happening around me.  That thought initiated the Sidewalk Cafe quilt pattern.  I made mine with British Motor Racing colours and used the address of my all-time favourite fictional detective as the name of the cafe.



Sidewalk Cafe Quilt Pattern for traveller or cafe and tea lover | Whims And Fancies



I had fun making these alternate versions.  Wouldn’t it be nice to make a cafe quilt block each for different places and make a table runner or a wall hanging?  I wish I had more time to create, don’t you?!!


Happy Crafting,




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