Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The Positivity QAL - Blocks Construction


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Block Construction 
The 10" finished block has three variations. Each can be made in two versions - with a light background or a dark background. 

The picture below shows finished dimensions. 


All seams are 1/4". Square the completed block to 10.5".

1. SIMPLE PLUS



Simple Plus using Island Batik Fabrics


Dark Background, Light Plus


Simple Plus Block




2. SNOWBALL PLUS 




See steps in fabric below.

Background Square and Snowball Square, aligned

Chain Piecing


Sewn and Ready to Trim

Cut 1/4" away from the seam

Pressed and Ready to Stitch


One Snowball Plus Block :-)




3. CORNERED PLUS




Corner Construction

Corner Construction

Corner Construction

9" square - Ready to cut into fourths

Corner Squares, ready to stitch

All pieces in place


Side units sewn


Almost there


One perfect Cornered Plus Block :-)



You can choose any one of these blocks to make your Positivity Quilt.  You can also mix and match.
48 blocks arranged in 6 by 8 will yield a quilt measuring 60" by 80".

You have questions? I have answers :-)  
Ask away and I will respond in the comments for all to see.

Next we will explore some possible layouts, using these PLUS blocks.





19 comments:

  1. FUN!!! Thanks for the tutorial, Preeti!! Looking forward to playing with these blocks.

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  2. I like how the Cornered Plus version looks like a pulsing plus sign!

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    1. Oh yes :-) It kinda does. I hadn't noticed :-)

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  3. Great job here, Preeti! Gonna cut up some stuff when I am in MA this week with my accuquilt!

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  4. Thank yu for the wonderful tutorial Preeti.

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  5. Now I have too many ideas!

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  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you for publishing these directions “early!“

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  7. You have some great graphics there, Preeti! I had no idea there would be so many different versions of the plus block. In the basic version (like your original in the button photo), do you try to make the four corner squares a consistent fabric or are they random? I'm excited to play with these blocks!

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    1. In my quilt, each plus block had identical corner fabrics, but the smaller background squares did not always match the larger ones. If you have matching fabrics, go ahead. If not, mix them all up. The randomness adds richness and I like it. Speaking of versions, I am dying to share the layout ideas. I have about a dozen finalized. No, I am not kidding. I can barely contain my own excitement :-D

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  8. These look like fun blocks to play with. Now I'll have to make up my mind which way to go ... after I return home from my upcoming trip. Thanks for the great tutes!

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  9. Thank you Preeti! I translated it in French on my blog as you allowed me to do 😍🥰. The post is scheduled for tomorrow morning.

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  10. Why, oh why am I not getting emails about your posts like I used to?? Talk about pouting - I just read Spring Broken and then saw this post - I am doing so right now. Rebecca did a fab job quilting SB which doesn't surprise me one bit. She does know what she's doing! And I'd say that pouting becomes you, especially with the outcome of SB. Now I am really getting amped for the QAL!! And multiple layouts - oh boy! Can't wait. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  11. I'm not getting your posts through email either, but I do get them through Facebook. I'm thinking I need to do another Positive quilt, so this might be the one!

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  12. Love the examples - I am still debating my color scheme. So far I know the background will be shades of gray. But the plus colors are undecided. Do I go bright? Monochomatic? Two colors? Decisions, decisions.....

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    1. For a gray background, may I suggest yellow? Orange could work too. I am working on an additional post to discuss fabric choices.

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  13. Jumping in on this--not sure of colors yet but thinking of naming it "Positively Summer" if that's any indication. Depends on what I pull though.

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  14. I don't want to be whiney but any possibility you could make a PDF of the block instructions? I so want to print them out and try a few now. I can always just read from the computer.... Looking forward to starting this soon. (Like maybe tomorrow amid other things I should be doing...)

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  15. Is it preferred that all the plus signs are the same color?

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    1. Liz, the choice of colors is up to you. You may choose one color, a few colors or make it completely scrappy. Since we do not know who will get our quilt, I had suggested that we use gender-neutral colors. Simply stating, avoid too much pink (a little bit is fine, like small pink dots/hearts on a white/low volume background) and limit baby prints (one or two is fine). Hope this helps.

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