Thursday, February 28, 2019

QuiltCon 2019 Recap ++ Other Quilty Adventures

In addition to the quilts (you can see my favorites here), I had many other quilty adventures including meeting friends, teaching, learning, shopping, etc.  I am very bad at remembering to take pictures, but here are some from my time at QuiltCon.


I taught two classes at QuiltCon, Subtracting for Minimalism on Thursday morning and EQ8 for Beginners on Thursday night.  Paige of Quilted Blooms (my roommate, co-author, and winner of two ribbons at QuiltCon) helped me in both of the classes and took these pictures.

Subtracting for Minimalism

EQ8 for Beginners


I took Intermediate Lino Printing from Karen Lewis which was awesome.  I don't think that I created any amazing prints, but I had a lot of fun.

My other workshop was Yoga for Healthy Hands by Heidi Parkes.  I have wrist issues and Heidi took us through some great stretching and strengthening exercises for our hands.

 Intermediate Lino Printing


I had the opportunity to help out Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl in her workshop on Transparency Quilt Design.  Yvonne has such great flow in her class and was very instructive and supportive of her students.  Here we are together.


The only thing that I purchased from the vendors was my thread pooping unicorn from Deborah of Fish Museum and Circus. 🦄  I have followed Deborah on Instagram  for a long time and had my heart set on one of these unicorns.  My unicorn is currently pooping some 12 wt Aurifil thread.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

QuiltCon 2019 Recap ++ Quilts

QuiltCon was an amazing trip, I got to see so many friends, teach some workshops, take a wonderful class, and see such inspiring quilts.  I am going to break this recap into two posts, the quilts and the quilty adventures :)

I am sure that you saw oodles of quilts from QuiltCon on Instagram and on other blogs, but here were some of the quilts at the show that really spoke to me...

Blue Houses by Melanie Tuazon

I love how Melanie combined improv piecing, simple shapes, and high contrast colors to create such prospective in this design.

Louver by Jayne Willis

I love Jayne's designs and was very excited to see these 3D flap like elements in person.

Slivers of Rivers by Simone Bradford

Another improv quilt that made my favorites, I love the ombre affect with the pops of orange and the quilting compliments the design well.

Self Portrait by Melanie Tuazon

The simple curves and colors of this mini quilt drew me in.

Burst by Marge Tucker

I love how the quilting extends into the white framing fabric in this design.

Modern Mandala by Betsy Vinegrad

This quilt was so tiny with such detail it was amazing.  The quilting in the blue background is difficult to see in the picture, but it was amazing too.

At the Junction by Marla Varner

This was my viewer's choice.  The piecing, colors, quilting, and design were amazing.  I loved this quilt when I saw it on Instagram and even more when I saw it in person.

Here is my guild, the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild's charity quilt.  My contribution was the swirl quilting on the lower third of the quilt.

Here is my quilt Flew Away in the mini category.

My quilt Periodicity hung in the Pattern of the Month exhibit section.

My design, Mikado, hung in the 2-color challenge category.

Dorito-ish by Christopher Brickey

I watched people walk by my son's quilt and it seemed to bring a smile to people's faces.

I hope that you enjoyed a little peek into the QuiltCon quilt show and maybe saw a few quilts here that you had not seen yet on social media.  Did you attend QuiltCon?  Which was your favorite quilt?

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Modern Plus Sampler ++ Quilt Top Assembly

We made it!  Here are the quilt top assembly instructions for the Modern Plus Sampler!  

Now that the quilt top instructions are posted, you will have almost two months to complete your quilt tops and/or quilts.  The reveal parade will be on Thursday, April 4th.

March 28th - Submissions to the quilt parade due (quilt tops or completed quilts)
April 4th - Sampler Quilt reveal parade 

E-mail a picture of the quilt top or finished quilt by Thursday March 28th.
Address e-mail to
Name your photo with your name as the file name, if possible, such as "Cheryl Brickey.jpg".
(optional) Include in your e-mail your location (city, state and/or country) and/or a web address for any related blog posts you would like linked to.
Prizes will be randomly awarded to those that participate in the parade.

Here are the instructions in an easy to print pdf format:

 Additionally, the directions and all of the other information related to the sampler quilt along can always be found on the Modern Plus Sampler Page.

Please share your pics on social media with the hashtag #ModernPlusSamplerQuilt and tag me at @MeadowMistDesigns.

Quilt Top Assembly

You can cut the fabric A rectangles for the first through third sections from 1 strip 5" x WOF and 1 strip 7" x WOF.

Sew together the following blocks and pieces to make a first section 18 ½" x 63".

     2 rick rack blocks
     1 first partial tribal row
     1 second partial tribal row
     1 kaleidoscope block
     17 small plus blocks

     2 fabric A rectangles 5" x 7"

Sew together the following blocks and pieces to make a second section 14" x 63".

     1 transparency plus block
     1 petal block
     1 faceted rings block
     6 small plus blocks

     2 fabric A rectangles 7" x 14"

Sew together the following blocks and pieces to make a third section 18 ½" x 63".

     2 rick rack blocks
     1 button block
     1 first partial tribal row
     1 second partial tribal row
     17 small plus blocks

     2 fabric A rectangles 5" x 7"

1. Cut and sew together 2 fabric A strips 4 ½" x WOF end-to-end and trim to the width of the quilt top (approximately 63"). Repeat to make a total of 2 border pieces. 

Sew the sections together to make the plus sign sampler quilt top, 63" x 78". 


1.  Make backing:  Remove selvages from backing fabric (4 ⅞ yards), cut into 2 pieces (approx. 87" x WOF) and sew backing pieces together along the trimmed selvage edges using a ½” seam, pressing the seam open.  Trim backing to approx. 72" x 87".

2.  Layer the quilt top, batting, and backing.  Baste and quilt as desired.

3.  Cut the binding fabric (¾ yard) into 8 strips 2 ½” x WOF.  Trim off selvages and sew together end-to-end to make the binding.  Bind and enjoy your quilt!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

OLFA Creator 2019

I am very excited to let you know that I am a OLFA Creator for 2019.  I join 11 other designers this year to share some great tutorials and OLFA products.

OLFA sent me some wonderful new rulers, cutters, and more that you will be seeing soon in some new tutorials and works in progress.

You can follow along and find each month's tutorial over on the OLFA blog and here are the OLFA Creators and Ambassadors for 2019.