Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Classic & Heirloom Quilts Book Sew Along

A rich history is always in fashion, especially for quilts! 
Betsy Chutchian's first book with It's Sew Emma combines 1800's inspiration with current sensibilities for eight opulent quilts.

I was invited to participate in a book sew along for 
Classic Heirloom Quilts and It's Sew Emma and the Fat Quarter Shop.
Of course, I didn't stick with traditional civil war colors. 
I promptly rummaged through my newly organized 1.5" strips
 and went to town.

Each quilt offers three size options of mini, lap and queen,
 and some can be made from modern-day precuts.

The book has 8 great classic quilts and I chose the Stepping Out Mini.

{ obligatory cute cat photo on a pile of fabric}

As you know I have been sorting my scraps and strips. 
This little quilt was a perfect way to use some of them.

I built it brick by brick.
This is not a beginner quilt.
The pattern clearly states the number of pieces for each option.
I found I needed to count the number in each strip and piece it diagonally.

Once the center is trimmed it will be all bias edges.
 I recommend attaching the borders and 
THEN trimming the 'ears' away from the sides, 
top and bottom to control the bias.

The result is a beauty of a mini. I can't wait to quilt it....