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Positive Power: Plus Mini Quilts

Energy is contagious. We all have the power to make a situation better, or worse. Recently, we have seen how small words can become big words and how big words can become dangerous words. Because of this, it is important to be mindful of how we feed our energy and then how we use that energy to influence others. 

Author James Redfield said, “Energy flows where attention goes.” We love the positive energy our mini quilt contributors poured into their quilts for our Plus issue. These mini quilts have the power to buoy up our quilt community and inspire us to be and do a little better every day. 

The Leftover Plus by Louise Wackerman @imfeelincrafty

The Leftover Plus by Louise Wackerman @imfeelincrafty

This mini was initially meant to be part of a quilt back. We are glad it became a mini quilt instead. The plus shape is often abrupt and strong, but we love the airy pink and coral tones used and the way the elongated plus softens this piece. 

X-Plus Marks the Spot by Cheri Ucci @cheriucci

X-Plus Marks the Spot by Cheri Ucci @cheriucci

This quilt was based off of the way Ucci marks and charts their best lobster holes during lobster season. The better the hole, the more pluses it gets. The hand quilting adds a layer of texture and movement to this quilt. 

Positivity by Roxanna Herder @rlherder

Positivity by Roxanna Herder @rlherder

Though the lines ofPositivity are connected, they exude a sense of disjointed abruptness. We love how the design is elevated by the plus signs that were quilted into the negative space of the quilt. 

Passing by Elaine Romanelli

Passing by Elaine Romanelli

The gentle lines of this quilt provide a feeling of serenity. The plus shape is somewhat covert but provides a sense of direction and expansion. 

Nafpoli by Lisa M. Berentsen @quiltersthread

Nafpoliby Lisa M. Berentsen @quiltersthread

The color palette provided by Curated Quilts for this mini plus challenge reminded its maker of Nafpoli, Greece. She designed the quilt to include “steps” around the pluses to reflect climbing the winding steps to Palamidi Fortress. Locals say there are “999” steps (though there are only 857). Berentsen says climbing the steps are well worth the effort, as the views of Nafplio and the Argolic Gulf are stunning from the top of the climb. The hand quilting reflects routes taken on Berentsen’s visit of the site. We love the pixelated feel of this quilt. 

So Many Reasons to Vote by Susan Manson @modernmanson

So Many Reasons to Vote by Susan Manson @modernmanson

Manson was inspired by wood siding when making this quilt. She built log cabins off of the corner pieces using tonal strips of varying widths. We love the abstract nature of this seemingly slowly expanding plus sign. 

You can find these mini plus quilts and more inCurated Quilts, Issue No. 14: Plus. Purchase your copy today!

You can see more examples of Mini Quilts featured in Curated Quilts on our blog atDo You Mini? andCurated Quilts Miniaturized.

Submit your work to the next Mini Quilt Challenge - learn more here!


By Brittany Bowen Burton

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