I enjoy collecting antique quilts and making reproductions of them both big and small. I've made a few baskets and I'd like to make more. I dabble in knitting and would love to learn rug hooking, but it's hard to find time to do it all. I work in higher education and I love my job. However, I do spend a lot of time dreaming about quilts.
No, I won't be squeezing into those funny space capsule things. I need to tan my stash. I knew when I saw this Courthouse Steps doll quilt here that I had to make one of my own. I've been doing a lot of piecing with color and had an urge to tone things down for a bit. When I went to the stash, I thought, with all the browns I have, I wouldn't have any problem finding fabrics for this one. Okay, I didn't, really. But, it is a small quilt and I definitely pinpointed a hole in the stash. Oh darn, I need more fabric. I have browns: madders, chocolate, light browns. But, I am very thin on the dark tans and who couldn't use more of the creamy light tans? I didn't have to rush to the quilts store and I am very pleased with the way this top captured the soft antique look I love (with that little pop of red right in the center. I am, however, back to visiting the fabric websites and will be keeping an eye out for tan reproduction fabrics when I get the chance to visit those great quilt shops that stock reproductions.
By the way, we are losing one of the great online reproduction shops...Sew Unique Creations is no longer selling fabrics. I got the email right after I placed an order. I appreciated the clearance sale prices but would rather pay full price and keep shopping. Tara, I know it was a tough decision and I will miss your great website.
If you like the Courthouse Steps block, I am listing the cutting instructions for one block below. The block is designed to be 6" finished. I played with some photo editing software and I hope you are able to see the labels on the photo above.
A: 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" (cut 1) B: 1-1/8" x 1-1/2" (cut 2) C: 1-1/8" x 2-3/4" (cut 2) D: 1-1/8" x 2-3/4" (cut 2) E: 1-1/8" x 4" (cut 2) F: 1-1/8" x 4" (cut 2) G: 1-1/8" x 5-1/4" (cut 2) H: 1-1/8" x 5-1/4" (cut 2) I: 1-1/8" x 6-1/2" (cut 2)
And finally, I have my first finish for 2012. I met my goal of hand quilting the little stacked bricks during the college footbal bowl game week. I just love that Jo Morton serpentine green fabric in the binding.