Stepping Stones Quilt

Believe it or not, I finished the Stepping Stones quilt ahead of my weekend goal. I stitched on the binding last night while we were in the basement under tornado warnings. Not a horrible way to spend an evening of threatening storms.

This quilt was inspired by the “Just Sweet Enough” quilt in the book Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. The version in the book uses soft almost-solids and wider white sashing between columns. But when I saw it I was struck by it’s beauty in simplicity. It is similar to a coin quilt.

I had a pretty good variety of Anna Maria Horner’s Little Folks fabrics and thought something similar would be a great way to showcase those tiny prints. I’m not sure anyone can resist the softness of these voile fabrics. They have such a luxurious feel to them….almost like silk as I move them from the washer to the dryer. The rectangles are cut in random lengths, with a width of 2.5″. The white rectangles between them are 2″ x 2.5″. The white columns are 2.25″ wide.

The patterned strips I made ended up being too long for the width of the quilt, so I cut off the bottom and incorporated it into the back of the quilt. I added large sections of voile on either side. It is beyond soft, the perfect cuddle blanket.

It is quilted free motion with Dream Cotton Request Loft batting, leaving it completely lightweight and crinkly. It measures 36″ x 54″ and is available in my Etsy shop.

Stepping Stones Sneak Peek

Stepping Stones Peek

A few weeks ago I had a burst of creativity…an idea for a quilt using my Little Folks voile by Anna Maria Horner. I went to work cutting lots and lots of tiny pieces. And then cutting lots and lots of tiny white rectangles.

Little Folks Cut Stack

I am very excited with how this quilt top is turning out. I finished 10 columns of prints so 6 more to sew onto the quilt, along with the white between the columns. I have an unofficial goal to have the quilt completed by the end of next weekend. We’ll see if the kids cooperate. :)

And you may have noticed….the quilt top in progress is draped over that bench I found on the curb for trash. I’ve been cleaning, fixing, and oiling it. It’s currently on the porch with no seat yet. Still trying to figure that one out… :)

Fairy Tales Quilt

Fairy Tales Front

One of my wonderful friends just had her second baby – a girl! She was team green which was very hard for me to accept since I knew I wanted to make her something. :) Sigh….I guess it was her pregnancy though. ;) Honestly, I never thought I’d be interested in not finding out girl or boy beforehand, but when I saw the message that the baby was born and it was a girl, I was REALLY excited. Like crazy excited. I guess team green will do that to you.

I actually had a feeling it was a girl so I had been scoping out ideas online. Initially I was going to make something like Ashley’s Animal Sherbet Squares quilt. I even have the fabric. The nursery is safari themed and I thought this would add a great girly touch to the room after being used for a boy the last 2 years. Then I got wind of the Spoonflower printing fading issue. (This digitally printed fabric fades after a few washes.) And I didn’t want to put all that work into something that should last forever, just to have it look bad after 3 washes.

So I started looking again…and found this sneak peek by Nettie at A Quilt is Nice. Before I had a daughter, I would have told you that I would never want or get anything “princessy” for a baby girl. I didn’t want to push the “princess” thing. Well, now I know it’s an unstoppable force. And I also know it makes little girls inexplicably happy, and that makes me happy. So I go with it. :)

Fair Tales Corner

This quilt is made of 3 things I normally don’t use – a fabric panel, a jelly roll, and a vintage sheet for the binding. I just *love* stripy bindings and it seems I find myself using them on most of my baby quilts.

Fairy Tales Binding

I quilted free motion on the sashing only, which you can see best on the back photo. I used some solids to make a stripe on the back. It measures 34″ x 34″.

Fairy Tales Back

Kara, I hope you and baby L love this blanket. If not, you know my little princess will take it off your hands. LOL

And speaking of babies…look what hatched under our deck!

Baby Birds

I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!