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Free pattern: Kelly’s Stitch Floral Circle Plus Quilt

Kelly of Jeli Quilts, one of our top rainbow consultants, has created a beautiful plus quilt using our Stitch Floral Circle stash builder fabrics! I can’t tell you how cheerful this quilt is in real life. It’s a seriously happy quilt, and soon it will be gracing our new window display for all to enjoy. Read on to find out how she made it! Thanks Kelly!

Plus Quilt Pattern & Tutorial

It’s no secret that I am partial to a rainbow and I jumped at the chance to create a quilt from the gorgeous Stitch floral circles bundle.

Plus Quilt Pattern & Tutorial

I am also partial to plus quilts, so had a little mess round in EQ7 and came up with this cute little lap quilt.

Plus Quilt Pattern & Tutorial

Materials to make a Plus Quilt:

Click here to open the free pattern for this quilt. 

Quilt top:

  • 8 fat quarters of quilting cotton (I used a fat quarter bundle of Stitch Floral Circle)
  • 1 1/2 metres background fabric (I used Kona snow)
  • Thread – I used Aurifil (2310) 50wt for both piecing and quilting)
To finish quilt:
  • 2 3/4 metres (based on fabric width of 42″)
  • Lap sized wadding (need approx 51″ x 60″)
  • 1/2 metre of fabric for binding if not using leftover fat quarters to make scrappy binding*

** Seam allowances are 1/4 throughout unless stated otherwise**

Cutting instructions for a Plus Quilt:

From background fabric:

  • Cut (35) 5″ squares
  • Cut (2) 5″ x 45.5″ strips ( top & bottom borders)
  • From Fat quarters:
  • Red, Orange and Mustard FQ’s – Cut (10) 5″ squares from each colour
  • Olive and Aqua FQ’s – Cut (6) 5″ squares from each colour
  • Mint and Navy FQ’s – Cut (9) 5″ squares from each colour
  • from Teal FQ – Cut (5) 5″ squares
  • for optional scrappy binding cut 2 1/2″ strips from the left over fat quarters and sew together end to end. (you need approximately 212″)
Plus Quilt Pattern & Tutorial

Plus Quilt assembly instructions:

Plus Quilt Pattern & Tutorial
  1. Layout the 5″ squares following the diagram
  2. Stack squares vertically into rows and label 1-10
  3. Sew squares (A-J) together in order into rows, pressing seams open at the end.
  4. Sew rows together starting (row 1 to 2 etc through to row 10) again pressing seams open.
  5. Finally add top and bottom borders (5″ x 45.5″).

Plus Quilt Pattern & Tutorial

Finishing a Plus Quilt:

Cut backing fabric in half an sew together to make quilt back approx 51″ x 60″.
Baste quilt top, wadding and quilt back to make quilt sandwich (I am a spray baster and use 505 spray).

Quilt as desired – I chose a concentric circles/spiral quilt design and used my walking foot edge as a guide. There are great tutorials available here and here.

Plus Quilt Pattern & Tutorial

Attach binding by machine using a 1/4″ seam and then finish by hand or machine.
Plus Quilt Pattern & Tutorial

Finished quilt size is approx 45″ x 54.5″

Plus Quilt Pattern & Tutorial

Bonus project:

I used up some of the remaining spare scraps from the fat quarters to make this cute little cushion.

Plus Quilt Pattern & Tutorial

Plus Quilt Pattern & Tutorial

I cut (8) 2 1/2″ squares from each of the 8 FQ’s and sewed together with 1/4″seam to make a 16″ square (8 x 8 layout). I then added a 1 1/2″ border, basted and quilted in a crosshatch design, again using my walking foot. I finished the cushion with a covered zippered back using Fiona’s fab tute.

Plus Quilt Pattern & Tutorial

Plus Quilt Pattern & Tutorial

Thank you Kelly! If you’d like to see this gorgeous quilt in person, visit the shop! We’ll be featuring it in our next window display.

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