Cheryl Brickey

MQU‘s Cheryl Sleboda talks with quilter and contributor Cheryl Brickey.

Originally posted on February 20, 2018 by Cheryl Sleboda

We caught up with Cheryl Brickey, whose quilt “Flutter” is in issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited #22.  In addition to her being at QuiltCon 2018 in MQU’s booth, she has a new book out called “Modern Plus Sign Quilts”

Cheryl, we start these off all the same way, so… when did you first learn to sew? When did you make your first quilt?

I took home economics in middle school and made some stuffed animals, but beyond sewing a few buttons on, I did not really start sewing until my children were born.  I made my son a few Halloween costumes and then when my daughter was moving from a crib to a toddler bed I decided to make her a quilt.

I have always loved quilts, but do not have any other quilters in my family.  To make the quilt, I read tons of blogs, purchased some basic quilting supplies (rotary cutter, ruler, mat, and fabric), and used my mother’s old Singer sewing machine.  I was hooked after making that one quilt and have not stopped making since!

What is a technique that you have never tried that you would like to?

I have only dabbled in applique and would like to explore that more.  Like paper piecing, applique intrigues me because of the shapes and angles the technique can produce.

What about the Modern aesthetic appeals to you?

I tend towards a clean and geometric aesthetic and love to reimagine older designs into something new.

What advice would you give to a beginner in quilting?

I would tell a new quilter to learn all you can from the internet, books, guilds, and classes and then go for it.  Making a quilt from start to finish can be such a rewarding accomplishment.


Flutter, by Cheryl Brickey

What kinds of fabrics are your favorite to work with?

My favorite kinds of fabrics to work with are solids and tone-on-tone prints.  I tend to focus on very geometric designs and these fabrics help the designs stand out.

Tell us a little about how you decided to focus on “plus signs” for your book?

I have always been drawn to the plus sign, it is such a classic and well-loved design.  Plus signs have repeated shown up in my quilt designs and I thought that writing a book focused on the plus sign would be a great way to be able to further explore the design.  The book includes many different ways to create the plus signs, from traditional piecing, to foundation paper piecing, to applique.

What kind of projects are you working on next?

This summer, I will be kicking off a Plus Sign Sampler quilt along with my co-author Paige Alexander.  We have created a lap sized quilt that incorporates plus sign blocks from almost every pattern in the book.

Thanks for talking with us, Cheryl!  To see how to make this quilt, check out the latest issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited! To see more of Cheryl’s work online, check out her website at

Be sure to visit her at our booth at QuiltCon! Cheryl will join Christa Watson and Christopher Thompson in the Modern Quilts Unlimited booth #105.

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