Second Plus Playtime Finish for November OMG

We set our November OMG way back on the first of the month to link up on Patty’s Elm Street Quilts.  A short month, November is, with only 30 days AND a major holiday in the States.  Okay, it’s not really that short but rather average.  I don’t need to make excuses because our second Plus Playtime quilt is finished!  Our November OMG finish means 11 straight months of making that goal.  Woot woot!  **Warning – lots of photos!**

November Plus Goodness

Just a little short recap in case you’re new here.  Sandra at hosted a QAL and shared her published pattern with us.  We made one Plus Playtime and enjoyed it so much we decided to make a second.  A gift for Luke, this one has a decidedly more masculine feel.  Made in grays and black/white prints, the backing has a mathematical feel because Luke loves all things math.

Plus FMQ Successes

A little mini goal was imbedded in the overall monthly goal.  Would it be possible to quilt each of the 28 small plus blocks with a different pattern?  Some nice quilty friends gave me some suggestions to try.  This mini goal was not achieved, but I did try several new-to-me FMQ patterns.

Stippling, paisley, and large swirls in the photos above, and straight-ish 1/4″ lines, loop-de-loop, and small swirls below.

Deadline Reality FMQ

At one point during the month, I was certain this quilt would never be complete.  Then I stopped fretting about it and just got busy.  Lots and lots of swirls were required to fill up that big ‘ole gray plus sign.  Improvement on the swirls is definitely evident when comparing the two photos, don’t you think?  (Newest swirls on the right)

Well, maybe it doesn’t look like it but I felt more comfortable by the 400th swirl!  One small plus sign was done with the name Luke in cursive, but it was too hard to photograph.  I wonder if he’ll notice?!

Pluses were completed with a boxy geometric pattern, another with a stipple while the rightmost picture shows random star shapes.  I am happy to have this one in the books.

Plus Wrap Up

Sue worked on tacking down the binding for me on Sunday. 

Plus binding

If it weren’t for the blizzard warnings and the prediction of a foot of snow, outdoor pictures may have been offered up.  Instead, a shot in the sewing room was warranted in this situation.  In hindsight, I may not have selected black thread to quilt with but used gray instead.  Now it needs a wash and dry.

Luke Plus Playtime

A finish is a finish and it is nice to have this quilt ready to box and wrap ahead of time.  We hope Luke enjoys it; lots of love has been sewn into it.  ~smile~  Only 31 days left to finish up five other outstanding projects. We aren’t eligible to earn our PHD from Quilting Gail but we will have finished 12 UFOs in a year.  That’s a win/win!


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21 Responses

  1. There is no such thing as too many photos. And when the pattern is so chic and that math fabric is so bright, I say bring on the camera. You know the formulas in that backing fabric are correct. Yes, I checked. Yes, I am kinda nerdy 🙂 But sorry, this is not about me. Your FMQ is lovely. No, it is fabulous with all the different things you are trying. I am jealous of your skills. Darn it, I talked about me again. You rock!!!

  2. katyquilts says:

    I think your FMQing looks great! I love this quilt and that backing is awesome!

  3. Your quilting looks awesome!. Way yo go!

  4. Rochelle Summers says:

    Congratulations on another quilting finish. You accomplished a lot with this…one monthly goal…Christmas present…and Thanksgiving somewhere in there too.

  5. Chrisknits says:

    Love it!!! And so will he. Great job all around.

  6. Kathy S. says:

    Fun quilting. Congrats on your November OMG finish.

  7. Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B says:

    This is amazing! You kept at it and I LOVE how it came out. You may not get your PHD from Gail but you certainly earned for you FMQ! Really nicely done!

  8. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne, You are quickly becoming a great FMQ’ing expert! In my opinion each of the patterns that you tried and posted pictures of look fabulous! Between you and a couple other quilters that I follow, I am feeling so motivated to begin trying FMQ that I sat my other sewing machine up on the table all ready to use….it still has the cover on it, but hey it is on the table waiting to be uncovered and used! LOL. I honestly am so happy that I decided to follow your blog and that we are becoming good friends. Thanks so much for sharing and have a fantastic day!

  9. quiltinggail says:

    Fantastic job finishing!! And, I love the variety of quilting … Happy Quilting! 🙂

  10. Kathryn says:

    Great job and those swirls sure look impressive. In fact the whole quilt does. I love that you wrote his name in cursive, a little secret for him to discover one day. So happy you achieved your goal.

  11. cheriec12 says:

    I can definitely see the improvement in you swirls. They are correct when they say practice makes perfect. Congrats on you finish.

  12. Liz says:

    I love it!! The black/white/gray color scheme is awesome, and the quilting is so beautiful!

  13. Luke’s quilt looks fantastic! Your quilting is awesome — I am seriously impressed! Congrats on completing your goal!

  14. Tish says:

    Woo Whooo a finish! Even though you didn’t get a different motif in each of the small pluses I think you more than rose to the challenge of quilting this quilt. So many different fun textures in this quilt for Luke, he’s going to love petting and cuddling with it so much. Congrats on your finish!

  15. Shannon Fleming says:

    The plus quilt looks great in the grays! I think 12 UFOs is a fantastic feat for a year’s time.

  16. You did a great job on the quilt! I’m so impressed. Give yourself a big pat on the back, and maybe a cookie and some chocolate or two.

  17. Carol S. says:

    So many pretties here today! I love that math quilt and it would be such a hit for my SIL who’s a math teacher.

  18. Vicki in MN says:

    Wow, girl you did so awesome with the quilting. And I am glad you were feeling more comfortable with the swirls, next time won’t be so scary;) So proud of you concurring the FMQing!

  19. What a great quilting job you did! You challenged yourself and went for it. I love it. I think some of what you see as imperfections will change as it is washed. I can assure you Luke will never notice and will love it to death! Hooray for pursuing your goal!

  20. Patty says:

    Very nice! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

  21. Yahoo for you! I think you did a great job pushing yourself to move outside your comfort zone with all that FMQ. Kudos!

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