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....


paulette said...

Good tip about the bias and adding the borders first before trimming! I wouldn't have thought of that! This is such a sweet quilt!

Susanne said...

Love your mini quilt, Vickie! Great way to use some scraps and make such a happy quilt. Now I am inspired to use up some of my own that have been collecting in my scrap bin. I love seeing your Ginger Kitty Cat assistant in the photos, it makes me SMILE! I had a Ginger Kitty cat who recently passed away after a brief illness.

susan said...

I like your idea to put the border on and then trim

Rosa said...

Thanks for the tip.I`ve not tried this pattern and love your fabric combo, you got Spring season.Great job.

Natalie Carroll said...

I love this quilt!!! Am I missing the pattern for it somewhere???