Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Grand Total . . . . . .

Grand Total is one of four plus projects offered by American Patchwork & Quilting for their 2016 APQ Quilt Along.  It's designed by Pat Bravo

 I love the look.  I've been wanting to make a really modern quilt but didn't have a pattern.  Most of the modern quilts I see at shows or online are one of kinds with no pattern.  I was very excited to finally have a pattern to follow.

Then I had to make a fabric decision.

I decided to go with a combo of Flow and For You by Zen Chic for Moda.  This pattern is a breeze to sew, picking out the fabric, it took me hours.  I finally just cut out an assortment of squares and played around with their arrangement on my design wall until I came up with a design that pleased me.

Adding the contrasting detail was very easy once I decided on the main fabric.

And here it is, all done.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 172
It finished at 68" x 68"
The pattern in Grand Total by Pat Bravo
It has approximately 931 pieces.
The print fabric is by Zen Chic for Moda

I went very conservative not he background fabric since the big plus pattern was pretty bold.

I did use two different white on white prints for the background, it's subtle, but it's there.  The background fabric is CarKai and Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman.

Are you following along on instagram?

There are 2014, 2015 and 2016 projects being added every day.  

No sewing for me the rest of this week, I'm heading to Quilt Con!  I'm so excited, it's the first time I've attended that show. I'm equally excited about the weather, it's unseasonably warm in Pasadena right now, which makes up for the 6 inches of snow I shoveled Sunday!


  1. This looks wonderful! Great finish.

  2. I just bought the magazine for this pattern! It's on my long to make list 😊! I really love yours. The subtle background really sets off the design nicely!

  3. That was fast! I like the very graphic look and the addition of the little plus signs in the background. Have fun in Pasadena!

  4. What a fun quilt! I've seen this quilt popping up on Instagram and other social media - so fun to see the different variations. Have fun at the quilt show!

  5. Beautiful, Thelma. I'm not a modern sort of girl, but Zen Chic's fabrics are really growing on me and they are perfect for this quilt. Great job! Enjoy Pasadena and Quilt Con.

  6. You kill me, Thelma. I think I need that quilt more than before. You did awesome good on that one.
    Hope you have a wonderful time at Con. I'm over in NH with Izzy the Great for her first birthday. Can you believe it? Time flies!

  7. Your quilt looks great! I hope to find the magazine soon it normally hits the newsstand on central station a few weeks after it's published. Wish me luck!

  8. What a wonderful quilt! Have fun at Quilt Con, it looks to be a lot of fun!

  9. I'm really jazzed over your quilt - more so than I've been with anything for a long time! I went right out and bought the magazine and I'll be returning to get inspiration from your gorgeous quilt. Have fun at Quilt Con!

  10. Gorgeous Quilt Thelma !!! I applaud you !

  11. Your quilt looks great. Love the bright colors and how they pop with the white back ground

  12. This is fabulous Thelma! Have a great time at QuiltCon!


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