Yep this is my version of the Sew Positive pattern now available from Elizabeth at Don't Call Me Betsy.
First a bit about my quilty, then a review of the pattern. I made a lap-sized version of the quilt which is composed of large and small plus blocks. I based my palette off of the mosaic print in the picture below. I used blue and purple and lime and mixed up the background with creams and browns.
A smattering of FMF, Parisville, bike paths, Jay McCarroll, Amy Butler and more.
For the back I used the Mercer print from Alexander Henry (I found a bolt and took the last of it from Joann's!) And I lime green moda solid (not sure the exact color). The binding is a blue/green shot cotton.
I free motion quilted with meandering rectangles. This was my first time doing sharp angles like this and my muscle memory kept fighting me to curve the lines. I think it turned out pretty well and I like how it emphasizes the blocky nature of the piecework as well as the wonky buildings on the back.
Pattern Review: This pattern was straightforward to follow and had a good number of figures and pictures to make everything clear. The way the pattern is written lends itself really well for a scrappy quilt design which I love! She also gives you lots of tables too that tell you things like the number of blocks you will need for each size, cutting instructions based on size etc. I like tables. Tables are cool.
I would rate this design as confident beginner bordering on intermediate. It is not hard to piece, there are no tricky seams to match up, no dreaded y-seams or curves BUT, if you use directional prints and you care about the direction you do need to be mindful when piecing. I had to actually think when I was piecing the small plus blocks. Based on this, it is not an easy pattern to chain piece especially when you go scrappy.
I will definitely make this one again. I love the way the small pluses look and may have to make the baby version which just uses those. How much fun would it be to use this block for a quilting bee?
And now for something completely different:
Mr. Fish loves quilts. He approves of this one/ate it.
Om nom nom
You can find the pattern for sale on Craftsy and in her Pattern shop. You can also see more versions of this pattern on her blog today. It is only $6 for this week only. So go treat yo'self.