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Signal Quilt Pattern Now Available Through the Modern Quilt Guild

The latest edition of the Modern Monthly, a quarterly digital publication from the Modern Quilt Guild, features my quilt, Signal! The pattern is available for free to MQG members.
Signal Quilt by Jessica Plunkett. Photography by Leah Muse Photography. Used with permission from the Modern Quilt Guild.

Signal Quilt was a design I adapted from a sketch I made many years ago. One of the original inspirations were the bars that show signal strength on a cellphone. They were rotated to lay horizontally. There’s an interesting play of symmetry and asymmetry in the quilt. The individual bars are not equal in length nor are they proportionally the same. However, as a set, the top and bottom set of bars are the same – the bottom set is just flipped.
Signal Quilt by Jessica Plunkett. Photography by Leah Muse Photography. Used with permission from the Modern Quilt Guild.

The pattern is designed to be an entry point for quilters coming from a traditional background, but interested in exploring modern. I noticed a trend that some experienced traditional quilters loved the modern aesthetic but felt intimidated to try a modern quilt. I wanted something that felt approachable to explore various elements of modern quilting – symmetry/asymmetry, negative space and transparency. It's also a great quilt for new and experienced modern quilters as it offers the opportunity to work on ¼” seam accuracy and open space to play with during quilting.
Signal Quilt by Jessica Plunkett. Photography by Leah Muse Photography. Used with permission from the Modern Quilt Guild.

The quilt was constructed using Moda Bella Solids in Citrine, Pool, Spearmint and Dark Teal. I pieced the quilt using 50 wt Aurifil Thread 2026 (Mist). Thank you to Kristen Lee of Mashe Modern who longarmed quilted Signal for me. We used the Geo Tiles #1 E2E pantograph because I wanted the quilting to look like stamps (think ink pad and stamps!) on the beautiful Citrine background.
Signal Quilt by Jessica Plunkett. Photography by Leah Muse Photography. Used with permission from the Modern Quilt Guild.

The pattern is available to members of the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG). Visit www.modernmonthly.com. The MQG supports and encourages the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education and community. There are more than 14,000 members in more than 200 guilds, plus individual members. I started as an individual member of the MQG and joined a local chapter when I moved back to IA. I'm celebrating five years as an MQG member! To learn more about the MQG, visit www.themodernquiltguild.com.

Thanks also to Leah Muse Photography who took all the gorgeous pictures you see in this post! The images are used with permission from the Modern Quilt Guild.

I’d love to see your version of Signal! Feel free to message me or tag on Instagram (@maeberrysquare)!
Signal Quilt by Jessica Plunkett. Photography by Leah Muse Photography. Used with permission from the Modern Quilt Guild.




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