Friday, June 10, 2011

courthouse steps quilt

 
I finished up this quilt a couple weeks ago, and passed it on it to it's new owner.  I think it turned out great.  This is the type of quilt that takes some pre-planning.  You can't just start and hope it all comes together, because it probably won't.  But the planning is worth it.

I used mostly prints from Denyse Schmidt's new-ish line for Joann's

and quilted it in a large spiral.  I've done this before, but never on a quilt this big.  It was hard.  Especially in the middle, mostly because I had so much quilt I was juggling.  I need to remember this next time I want to try it on a larger quilt.  I struggled, and it's a bit sloppy.   I suppose I could have tried to do free motion in the middle and wouldn't have had to move around so much, but my free motion skills aren't that great when it comes to circles.

This red binding print is one of my favorites, I cut it on the bias and made rounded corners--again.  I still love them.

I used a great grey floral print I have had FOREVER on the back along with a blue tile print from the front.  Nothing like using up a yard of fabric you've had forever, right?  I think grey works really great with this line.  (actually grey works great with everything it seems).

45 comments:

Nettie said...

it's beautiful, I love it!

Tanya said...

So beautiful. I just love it!!

Nicky said...

What a beautiful quilt - I haven't tried this pattern. Love the spirals but I wouldn't even think of doing it by machine so well done!

Caitlin said...

Really pretty, if someone made me this I'd be thrilled. And the spiral quilting is great, it threw me for a loop for a second, really adds to the pattern.

Bobbi said...

Love the front of this quilt...

and the back?? I used the same grey floral on the back of one of my quilts. You are right -- it goes with everything. :)

Annalia said...

I love it! - especially your little red squares and binding. It took me a few quilts, but I think I'm converted to your curved corners. So nice.

Jody of Because I'm Me said...

I love it. My first thought was that I had to read to see how you did the quilting because it looks so much nicer than the circles I've done, I think it looks terrific.

Katherine said...

Gorgeous! Spiral quilting can be a struggle (I've tried it too), but it adds so much that I think it's worth it. Perfect compliment to the linear block design.

angela said...

So pretty! And I still have to try that rounded corner thing.

Liz Harvatine said...

This is beautiful! When I first saw it I thought it might be vintage. The colors you chose really have that "use what you have" old time look. It's great!

Cille said...

Lovely quilt and the spiral looks good. Thanks for sharing

Blue Is Bleu said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I have one planned but I promised myself I'd finish up a few things before starting because of all the planning involved!

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

I can't take my eyes off the quilting! I bet it was hard to maneuver the quilt around and around. It's so pretty though and it really adds another dimension to it.

I have a stack of that same fabric and I'm still trying to decide what I want to make with it. Courthouse steps was such a good choice!!

Dianne said...

Love this!

Michele said...

Looks great! Courthouse Steps always reminds me of Japanese lanterns. I love the circular quilting.

Tracy said...

Great quilt - and the spiral quilting is PERFECT for it. Good job!

Modern Amish said...

Love love love it. It looks like a masterpiece! You did a great job on such a difficult pattern and the quilting...it turned out great too. Love the spiral:D

Muddling Through said...

Absolutely gorgeous quilt. It is just so perfect on so many levels. Great work!

Michelle said...

I love that spiral quilting! Maybe I should try it on one of my baby quilts when I'm feeling ambitious...

One Flew Over said...

Fantastic! The quilting is brilliant.

a little bit biased said...

It's really, really beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Trisha said...

I love that you modernized a very traditional pattern. Wonderful quilt!

Andrea said...

I love , how it spiral quilting . I have to prove

Kirsten N said...

Gorgeous quilt and I love the spiral quilting!

Allison said...

So So SO So pretty Nettie. I love it. I've been trying to figure out an easy way to make that pattern for a year...no such luck. :) Love your fabric combo as always. -Allison

Annette said...

Like like like. Very very very much! :D Another "I want to make something like this" to add to my list... If only the day had 48 hours instead of 24...

Conny's Cottage said...

very very lovely quilt.
I like it!!!!!

hugs Conny

Kate said...

Gorgeous those fabrics are perfec for it!

Leslie said...

this is absolutely stunning!!!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Gorgeous quilt! Courthouse Steps is one of my all-time favorite patterns. Love the fabrics you used in yours.

KateKwiltz said...

Fantastic job with that huge spiral! I don't know how you do that, but it looks great!
Very pretty quilt!

Ann said...

I love it! Courthouse Steps is my favourite of the Log Cabin varieties, but it does require a bit of palnning and thought. Your quilting is marvelous!

Linda said...

I love it, Nettie!! So fun. I can't even imagine quilting a spiral like that with a small throat. You did a great job.

Villanyszerel├ęs said...

Congrats, it's beautiful!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I'm in love with this quilt. I think the circular quilting absolutely makes it too. I want to make this! This is the type of quilt I could sew and have fun with all day long. Inspiring.

Heather G. said...

It's lovely!

amandajean said...

it looks AMAZING, Nettie! but then again, I seem to love everything you make!

coolkat said...

Just lovely. I have been waiting to see what everyone used these fabrics in.

Andee said...

I LOVE it! I bought lots of this fabric but so far can't even think of cutting into it!

amy smart said...

Nettie, I love this! Courthouse steps is one of my favorites - and I love it in the new DS! Awesome as always.

Lisa said...

Love the quilting! Any chance you can share how you did it? I am making a quilt to raffle off to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer awareness and I really like the thought of using this circle quilting technique on it ... but not quite sure where to start ...

Mary said...

I love the little red squares! Such a pretty quilt!

VeeV said...

Beautiful!!!

it reminds me of a good old fashioned quilt. the rounded corners just add to that feeling, and the circular quilting fits so perfectly!!!

oh....to have such talent and forethought!!
xo
eva

VeeV said...

try this again:
Beautiful!!!

it reminds me of a good old fashioned quilt. the rounded corners just add to that feeling, and the circular quilting fits so perfectly!!!

oh....to have such talent and forethought!!
xo
eva

Heather D. said...

I have been admiring this type of spiral quilting for a while and am dying to give it a try. Your courthouse steps quilt turned out lovely!

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