We, Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander, are so excited to join the family of Stash authors
and share our love of the plus sign quilts—with you. The plus sign is a timeless design, having
adorned quilts and been used in logos for more than a century. In our book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts, we share a modern take on the plus sign design, with sixteen quilt patterns, from baby up
to queen-sized, using traditional, paper piecing, and appliqué techniques.
love to share another design with you today, a simple plus sign pillow called Candy Plus. Candy Plus is a
20" pillow design with a plus sign surrounded by scrappy squares that is
beginner-friendly. The surrounding
squares can be from a charm pack, scraps, or other precut fabrics.
favorite method of finishing the pillow, such as a zipper closure, buttons, or
an envelope backing as Cheryl did. You
could also finish the pattern into a mini quilt or wall hanging.
of the pillow was made using Kaffe Fassett shot cotton in Blue Jean and various
white, cream, and gray solids and low-volume prints. The batting used was Warm & White by the
Warm Company and Aurifil thread was used in the piecing and quilting.
To make the
pillow you will need:
1. Cut the plus sign fabric into 1
rectangle 4 1/2" x 12 1/2" and 2 squares 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".
2. Arrange 4 surrounding squares 2
1/2" x 2 1/2" into a 2 x 2 layout.
Sew squares into rows then sew rows together to make a block 4 1/2"
x 4 1/2" (Fig 1). Repeat to make a
total of 20 blocks.
3. Lay out the plus sign pieces and blocks
as shown in Fig 2.
blocks and pieces into rows, then sew rows together to make the pillow top 20
1/2" x 20 1/2" as shown in Fig 3.
5. Layer the quilt top, batting, and
backing. Baste and quilt as
desired. Our Candy Plus pillow was quilted
with a cross-hatch design.
6. Finish your pillow top into a pillow using
your favorite pillow-finishing method.
If you would
like to receive Candy Plus and two other plus sign pillow designs in a Trio of
Plus Sign Pillows in PDF form (created by Cheryl), sign up for the Meadow Mist Designs Pattern Newsletter.
Cheryl's blog, Meadow Mist Designs.
Paige's blog, Quilted Blooms.
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