colorblock plus quilt progress

Do you remember this stack of fabrics?

I pulled them out a while ago with the intention of making a baby quilt. They sat (right in that same spot!) for quite some time, until the other day when I decided to go ahead and cut into them. At the last minute I decided I wasn’t loving the red prints, so I replaced the red with orange. I also grabbed several solid blues for the background.

I wasn’t sure exactly how the design would come together. In my mind, I was just thinking about different sized plus blocks on a colorblock background. As I was piecing it though, I kept feeling like it needed a little more, so I added in random strips and little snippets.

This is the bottom 2/3rds of the quilt, so I still have the top portion to finish, but I think I quite like it so far!

And of course it was fun to use a bit of these fabulous Heather Ross gnomes. I think this is the first time I’ve used them in a quilt! (yay me for no longer hoarding them!)

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22 Responses to colorblock plus quilt progress

  1. 1
    kelly says:

    i love those gnomes! i have ONE measly 4″ square that went into an i-spy quilt.

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    Andie says:

    Good call on the orange. Really liking this! And who doesn’t like gnomes?

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    Kathleen15 says:

    Verrry interesting. Not your usual look. I like the little pieces spread here and there. More visual interest. Always love the gnomes.

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    Jeni says:

    Looking fantastic! I love all the different size pluses! šŸ™‚

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    jessica says:

    This is a really cool one. God I love those gnomes, too. I have the pink ones!

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    tara says:

    it’s so hard not to hoard heather ross prints! i have some goldfish in bags that i’ve never used because i can’t bear to cut them.

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    Erica says:

    Beautiful! This is one of my all time favorite quilts from your collection. Very cool! I have been contemplating doing an improvisational quilt. Being new to quilting, I am not sure that I am ready too though. I love how special and unique this quilt is.

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    Alissa says:

    Oh I’m loving this!! Can’t wait to see it finished!

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    heather says:

    yep… you sold me on this one with colors alone! šŸ˜‰

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    jacquie says:

    love the pop of orange! happy new year, ashley!

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    tammie says:

    great choice on the orange!

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    Madison says:

    Your quilts are so inspiring! I’ve been following your blog for quite a while now… and you never disappoint! And I know it’s old news now (sorta) but congratulations on the baby! I think we’re about a month or so apart (I’m 20 weeks). Yay!

  13. 13

    what an interesting piece. can’t wait to see hot it turns out!

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    mjb says:

    I like to see the direction you’re going in the last couple things you’ve posted – a little more improv/random, with interesting mixes of fabrics. Keep it up!

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    Brittney says:

    Love the orange – good choice! I can’t wait to see how this looks finished, definitely a different take on the plus quilt with the extra little bits thrown in.

  16. 16

    This is so neat! You are working with pluses and I made the same block and am calling them x’s. I really like the ad hoc feel of the blues and other pops of color. The orange is a nice touch too!

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    Love the change from red to orange. The gnomes are adorable. Maybe 2011 will be the year I get the courage to actually cut into my HR stash instead of just stare at it.

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    Emmmylizzzy says:

    Very different from your usual stuff – I like different! Let’s see more different!

  20. 20

    very interested to see how you quilt this one – keep us posted!

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    shannon says:

    I love it! Beautiful work, i can’t wait to see the finished quilt.

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    Melissa says:

    I have never posted a comment on anyone’s blog before. I just had to tell you that you have the most beautiful fabrics and quilts I have seen! Of course, the fabrics you use I have seen before, but the way you are able to put them together and your color choices are amazing! I am completely inspired by your blog! Thank you.

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