Last week was my little sister’s 18th birthday! I knew I wanted to make her something super special, and thought a quilt would be perfect. A few months back when I was talking about quilting with her she mentioned her room was decorated in red and black theme (a very sly hinter).
I ended up shopping for fabric before I even considered what pattern to use. Most of the time I find the fabric inspires me into a quilt, as opposed to a pattern inspiring the fabric. When I found a black and red fabric bundle at Pink Castle Fabrics I was sooo excited. I just had to add in a few prints from my stash and I was set.
I wanted a pattern that really showed off the fabric, and kept seeing this plus sign pattern EVERYWHERE. So I thought it may be a fun one to try. I downloaded this super cute little worksheet from Reanna Lily Designs (here) and loosely followed her instructions. Avo’s favorite part was when I pieced the quilt together on my “idea board” (a bedding sheet thrown on the ground). This was also my least favorite part.
This quilt only took me a few hours spread over two weekends. I decided to stitch around the perimeter of each plus sign with a gray threading for quilting, which turned out really gorgeous on both the front and back. For the back and binding I used a simple black solid. I finished this quilt up last minute and wish we had gotten more pictures before gifting it off, but only snapped a quick one in the living room before running off to the party.
I won’t embarrass my little sister by posting pictures of her on the internet, but she was completely surprised. Her face was a mix of stunned and awed, and I was over the moon she loved it so much. It immediately found a place on her bed.