APQ Quilt Along 2016: Part 1

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Hi guys,

Have you heard? It is time for the APQ Quilt Along for 2016!  This year plus-sign quilts are all the rage and I was thrilled to be asked to join in on the fun! You can choose from one of three projects – appearing in the new Quilts and More issue on newsstands this week and the April issue of APQ, on newsstands February 2nd but shipping to subscribers before then.

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But they said that we could give sneak peeks so I thought I’d show you this lovely quilt called Easy Addition, which was designed by Brenda Ratliff and will appear in the new addition of APQ Quilts and More.

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Makes you want to quilt along, right?  Me too!

I really loved all three options, but I chose this one because it was perfect for my Sparkle collection for Benartex, which has lots of bright colors plus a fun white and aqua print – it ships to stores in March/April. Easy Addition is super easy to piece. It is rather large, so I’m going to make a version with half the blocks – 24 – so I’ve chosen 12 of my favorite small quarters, plus the white/aqua blender for the background.

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These are my fat quarter fabrics for the blocks…
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… and the stripe in the lower right is for the binding.

For more information you can visit APQ’s site.  I hope you all will join in!  The more the merrier – it will be fun to see all the different variations of plus-sign quilts! Remember to post pictures using the hashtag #APQQuiltalong on Instagram!

Happy quilting!

Amanda

P.S. On the frame right now I’m quilting this Carina version for the Free-Motion Quilting Idea Sampler Facebook Group.  There are really some spectacular versions of this quilt in all different fabrics going on there – be sure to join us!

Carina FMQIdeaSampler on frame

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