On the Design Wall, Jan. 2017

by Stephanie on January 9, 2017

in On the Design Wall,Outlined Plus

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It’s been quite a while since I did a Design Wall post. Not promising it’ll be a regular thing, but it is nice to share the lovelies-in-progress from time to time, so here we go. This is not a layout yet: I’m showing off 25 completed 11″ “outlined plus” blocks, which are being stored in random order on the design wall while I make some “low volume neutral” (LVN) pieced sashing/background to space them all out more.

There is a pattern out there for a quilt that uses a similar block. Of course this project was inspired by pics on Pinterest and Instagram, and yes, plus quilts were all the rage a few years ago and I’m slow to catch on, so it’s a good thing I don’t give a hoot about being “on trend.”

Other than visual inspiration, I’m doing my own thing with this one, as usual. Starting with a good think about best construction method to deliver the result I’m looking for, and then drafting my own block for the size and proportions I have in mind, both of which are not quite what other folks have done.


This entire project was sparked by some generous strips of fabric leftover from cutting a backing for something else. If you’re a Kaffe fan, you’ll recognize his classic “millefiore” in a black colorway that is utterly captivating. I looked at my fat strips of leftovers and immediately envisioned this: a quilt of dark plusses, each with a different bright solid outline. I’m in love with the effect. That black print to me looks both like a portal to an interstellar galaxy, and a microscopic view of something intriguing brewing in a petri dish. Either way, it’s like there’s a swirling brew of ideas and inspiration going on in there.

I’ve been thinking about this quilt for a long time, and started stashing LVNs last spring sometime. And then promptly raided that stash for some other things, and then had to stash more. I had a general idea of overall yardage needed, but maximum variety is the key to this kind of thing, so now I’ve probably got enough LVNs on hand to make two of these. Such is the life of a quilter.

This is a for-me project, and has a special meaning that I’ll tell you about at some future point as things progress.


{ 1 comment }

1 Mariah Bath January 10, 2017 at 9:06 pm

Such a departure from what I think of as a “Stephanie”project, not that you could ever be put in any kind of box! That Kaffe is a Knockout! never saw it in that colorway and it truly makes the quilt. Love your choices of LVN’s, I noticed your squares are even scrappy! Fun to see how it will progress…

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