Thursday, July 25, 2013

Optimism – A finished Quilt

If you have been following my blog for the last few weeks, you know that I had a hard time at my real-life-job recently. Fate had struck my dear colleague with a nasty blow. He was absent several weeks and will have to undergo medical treatment for some weeks.

To cheer him and his family up, I made him a quilt. A Plus Quilt has been on my to-sew-list for quite some time now and I think this was the right occasion to make one. I associate many positive meanings to plusses – and that’s what it was all about: to send positive vibes and thoughts to my colleague and his wife.

Optimismus Top

Amazingly, I pulled all these grey, green, white and black fabrics from my stash (mostly comma and curious nature with some architexture and backyard baby mixed in). As I was in a hurry to get the quilt finished, I used rectangles and squares to speed up the piecing.

Optimismus Back

I meant to use one solid piece of fabric for the backing but discovered too late, that the intended piece was too small. I ended up piecing the backing and I am glad I did. IMHO I think it looks splendid.

Optimismus Quilting

Here’s to my new sewing machine! I managed to quilt straight lines without any problems. Thanks to the adjustable foot pressure of my new machine. I quilted two vertical lines and one horizontal line…

Optimismus Binding

… and bound the quilt with my favourite COMMA. I attached it with my sewing machine, using my usual zigzag stitch.

I really love this rather manly quilt and am happy to report that my colleague wrote me a super-nice-thank-you-note stating that he loves the quilt and that his wife wants to learn how to sew now (o:

Thanks for visiting!


  1. Hi Christine,

    the Plus Quilt is so adorable ♥
    And then this story ... There are so many things to say to someone who is sick, but doing something so special for someone else its a very nice idea.

    Have a good weekend!

  2. Such a lovely quilt and so thoughtful. He's lucky to have a friend like you

  3. That quilt is wonderful, what a great gift. I hope he is better soon and that his wife does start sewing.

  4. That's a beautiful quilt and a lovely gesture! I love your color choices and arrangement. Whoop whoop for you and prayers for your friend!

  5. I like this quilt too and your friend will be happy ...

  6. Liebe Christine,

    so eine Freundin/Kollegin müsste jeder haben :)
    Der Quilt ist wunderschön! Auch die Rückseite ist toll;
    eine prima Variante, die ich bestimmt auch mal ausprobieren werde.

    Liebe Grüße an dich und alles Gute für deinen Freund,

  7. Super schöne Geste. Schöner männerquilt, das ist echt nicht einfach.

  8. It looks fantastic, and the positive vibes sent by the pluses is a lovely idea.

  9. Wonderful quilt Christine and great that it was appreciated.

  10. love the thought! the quilt is gorgeous on it's own but more so when i hear the story. well done!

  11. I love this quilt. I have been wanting to make a plus quilt as well. I love the colors you chose.

  12. Love the back of this quilt. What a brilliant idea. The front is pretty darn lovely too!

  13. really lovely, and the back is fantastic! very thoughtful gift which i hope will help with a speedy recovery!

  14. what a wonderful and meaningful quilt :-)

  15. Love the fabric combo of this quilt, including the back.

  16. Wow! How cool that the design is mimicked on the back!

  17. One of the nicest plus quilts I have seen! The back is perfect!

  18. What a very nice gesture! Nothing shows your affection like a quilt made by you. I just think that is awesome! I'm glad he loved it and that his wife wants to learn! I hope that has happened! All the best.


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