A Little Positivity Times Two

Can you believe we are rapidly approaching Labor Day weekend and the end of the Positivity Quilt-along (QAL) hosted by Preeti at Sew Preeti Quilts blog?!! It is a nicely paced QAL with encouragement along the way and no added stress. We managed to get two complete quilts made and sent to Bernie for the Mercyful Quilts program. Bernie at Needle and Foot coordinates for the Mercyful Quilts program. She shared some excellent details about the charity and what a worthwhile program it is.

Sunday is the start of the final quilt parade. Just think of all the eye candy you’ll see with all the different versions of a simple yet versatile pattern that Preeti shared in her different block options post. It is just amazing to me just how many variations there can be AND I suspect you’ll see many represented in the quilt parade.

Why wait for all the details? Here are our two finishes!

Kisses Positivity Quilt Top

Our 48 cornered plus blocks in a 6 by 8 layout looks spiffy. We may be a wee bit biased but these little four-patches turned out so CUTE!

Making this project our July OMG goal really helped us get the quilt to the finish line with time to spare for a second one. We’re calling this quilt Kisses Positivity mostly due to the fabric choice. Kisses by Riley Blake in fun, bright colors were an obvious choice for us to use. Each plus block has little itty bitty “X”s representing many, many kisses. Had I been thinking, I would have snowballed the corners to represent {{hugs}} like an “O”. Darn it! But I think the four-patch corners are cute and happy-looking.

Mayfair Positivity Quilt Top

As an unplanned event, the Mayfair Positivity quilt turned out quite well. In a fluke meant-to-be moment, I won a fat quarter bundle from Sandra at the end of her QAL. A gorgeous collection of fabrics were sent from Bernie (small world, right?!!) called Mayfair. All the stars aligned and the Mayfair Positivity quilt idea was hatched. Once written in the stars, you just can’t dismiss the call of destiny.

We saw the prints featured in the collection and we knew a PERFECT background fabric. It is a tone-on-tone beige flowery delicate fabric, but did we have enough for a 60″ x 80″ quilt quickly became the question. Alas, the answer was no unless we got a bit creative with the layout. Sue began cutting and we tried a block.

After careful math calculations – we both did the calculations a few times! – we had just enough for 16 blocks. As an alternate background, we chose good old Bella solid white to pair with the light blue patterned fabric. With a plan in place, work began in earnest.

Positivity Times Two

Are you still with me? Fast forward through the end of July and the first bit of August . . . and here we are. Both quilts are making their way to Bernie. Let me first share Kisses Positivity, all quilted and nicely washed and squishy.

It turns out our usual hallway-picture-taking spot is a wee bit too narrow for these quilts! We used a beige swirl fabric (Circle Play might be the name?!!) as the backing and I did an overall, freehand pattern of hearts in all sizes and shapes. Sue recorded a small portion of the FMQ and I uploaded it to YouTube if you’d care to see it.

Mayfair Positivity is next and the hallway is still too narrow! The left picture does a fairly nice job reflecting our chosen layout for those 16 blocks with a beige background. We found the PERFECT backing for the quilt in our stash. Neither one of us can recall where we got it (Darlene maybe??). We cut it to size and I ran a seam down the middle, which I rarely do and it’s nearly impossible to see. It’s thrilling to see how well it matches! We bound both quilts with a nice navy Bella solid. Oh! A wavy preprogrammed stitch was my choice to quilt Mayfair. Following Preeti’s inspiration was easy but alas, I forgot to take a picture.

Positivity Linky Parties

We will be linking this post with the quilt parade on Sunday. Prior to that, my friend Brenda is hosting her very first linky party for TGIFF at Songbird Designs. Perhaps you will check it out and join in the fun. I’m a bit rusty at writing and posting after my brief summer furlough. Thank you for sticking around to read all of our updates!

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26 Responses

  1. Susan says:

    I’m late in reading, but these are wonderful and will be greatly appreciated by whomever receives them.

  2. Hi Roseanne and Sue. Kudos to you for not just one beauty, but two finished Positivity quilts for Mercyful Hospital. Well done! They really are perfectly stunning quilty hugs.

  3. What is it about plus quilts? I adore them, and you’ve created some beauties, for sure. The version with Amy Sinibaldi’s Mayfair — and its different layout — in particular has me swooning. : )

  4. JanineMarie says:

    Love the four-patches with the pluses! And I am always thrilled when I see quilters pay it forward when they use QAL gift-aways for donation quilts. Beautiful layouts and totally different vibes. Isn’t it wonderful how the plus concept is so versatile? Mercyful will have so many options for their patients.

  5. Joyce says:

    Two very cheerful quilts. I applaud your generosity!

  6. Vicki in MN says:

    They are both wonderful, but the cornered blocks are my favorite.

  7. Bonnie in VA says:

    Congrats on getting two great quilts finished. I like the added four patches too. It’s so fun to see all the different ways people made this pattern their own.

  8. Mari says:

    Both are lovely! I can see them appealing to two different families, with each one loving their choice. I love the Mayfair layout. It’s subtle but it works really great. And I love the idea for a “hugs and kisses” quilt, too. That’s an idea for another time, but definitely worth saving.

  9. Both quilts are wonderful you two! I saw that Brenda was hosting TGIFF! Yay. Sadly I only posted my finish today, so I couldn’t link up. Wonderful FMQ-ing and I’m so glad to see that bundle you won put to such good use.

  10. Bernie says:

    They are wonderful – Thank you to Sue as well! Love that you used the Mayfair bundle for one of the quilts – that is so sweet! Also love the different layouts and vibe of each one. They arrived last week and I am thrilled to bring them over to Mercy. Thank you so much!!!

  11. Colette says:

    Oh I love both of those quilts and I had to go check out her pattern.

  12. Mary says:

    Both of these Positivity quilts are wonderful. So nice to read a blog post from you!

  13. Kathleen McCormick says:

    Wonderful quilts, Roseanne and Sue! You guys did a fabulous job getting two done! Mine is waiting to go in the washing machine tomorrow…Hooray for finishes all around!

  14. One is bold & bright and the other is sweet & subtle. Love them both. Thank you so much, Roseanne, for not only playing along but also for talking up the Positivity QAL. You have been my cheerleader and I am richer for your support and friendship. Lots of Love and Big Hugs.

  15. I’m with the ‘other’ Laura…except I lean slightly more towards the one with the colorful 4patch corners!
    😉

  16. Rochelle Summers says:

    Both are such wonderful quilts. Can’t help but love the bright cornerstones in the first quilt and it’s wonderful that you were able to find just the right backing. Loved the video of the heart quilting. The second quilt is softly colored and you did a great job getting the photos. I went to the bed for mine! Good job to both of you.

  17. Gail Sheppard says:

    Congratulations on your 2 finishes!!! They are both beautiful!!!

  18. Chris says:

    What lovely quilts and such a generous donation to a worthy cause! You gals hit this one out of the park!!

  19. Wendy Tuma says:

    Both of your quilts look so nice! I love the soft colors in the second one (and the design!). I need to get the binding on mine and get photos and a post done. That’s my goal for today and tomorrow.

  20. Double the LOVE!!!! So perfect- they are both so different – that is cool to see what the colors do for this pattern! Go yoU!!!

  21. Good for you and Sue, finishing up two beautiful. quilts for the QAL! I like them both. And they will definitely bring comfort to someone in need of it!

  22. Both quilts are lovely! Happy stitching!

  23. Roseanne, they are both positively lovely!! You know I love that brightly colored one and Mayfair turned out just as beautiful!! The backings are perfect. Great job! Thanks so much for linking up with TGIFF today!! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

  24. I love both, Roseanne! One is colorful and upbeat, and the other is vintage and soft. Well done! 🙂

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