Welcome to my stop on the Turnabout Patchwork blog hop! I’m excited to share this book with you. If you like what you see, be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.
I was absolutely thrilled when Teresa allowed me the opportunity to participate in her blog hop. Upon receiving a digital copy of the book, I quickly decided I would make the Stepping Stones quilt.
Like all of the quilts in Turnabout Patchwork, Stepping Stones is based on sewing, slicing, and rearranging a quilt block. It’s such a clever way to quickly achieve intricate results.
For my quilt, I started with just four charm packs. The foreground is Soul Song by Island Batik, and the background is Cashmere by Timeless Treasures.
My first task was to sew the charm squares into a slew of nine-patches.
Once my nine-patches were finished, I was ready to slice them up. This is when the process starts to feel a little bit like magic.
Since my quilt is pretty scrappy, I matched all of my blocks before I started sewing. That way I could make sure I didn’t end up stuck with the same fabrics right next to each other.
Once they were matched, the blocks were ready to transport to the sewing machine on my handy dandy baking sheet. A baking sheet is such a great way to keep pieces organized as you move about your sewing space. They stack well, too!
I found the perfect batik in my stash for the binding. I sewed both sides by machine for a quick finish (and because I backed it with minky, and I really don’t like hand stitching with minky).
For the backing, I used lilac minky. I always label my quilts, and this one is no exception. The label is in place, so it’s just waiting for me to write on it. Since this quilt is intended for a baby that hasn’t arrived yet, I’ll wait to write the label. I like to include the child’s name, and that has a way of changing up until the time they’re born.
I really had so much fun with this project, and I couldn’t be any happier with how it turned out. It’s just perfect for a little girl.
It’s always amazing to me how much changing the fabrics can change the look of the quilt. Teresa’s version uses just four fabrics in a planned arrangement. It looks quite different from my quilt with its many fabrics and random color placement. Both quilts are lovely in their own ways.
Now I just need to wait for my friend to have her little girl so I can give her the quilt. It feels pretty amazing to have a quilt finished before the baby arrives instead of after. I do hope she likes it.
Size: 41” x 52”
Pattern: Stepping Stones from the Turnabout Patchwork book
Fabric: Island Batik Soul Song and Timeless Treasures Cashmere
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 2610
Backing: Lilac Shannon Cuddle
Quilting Design: Feather Vines
Quilting Thread: OMNI-V 9061 Skyscraper
The Blog Hop
I’m really excited about this hop, because all of the participants made a project from the book. Check out their posts to see their individual approaches to the patterns.
Wednesday, January 30 - Quarter Snow Ball
Friday, February 1 - Modern Shoofly
Flying Rainbows - Snug Harbor Quilts
Saturday, February 2 - Half Square Triangles and Squares
Rose Garden Star - Said with Love
Houndstooth - Pretty Piney
Monday, February 4 - Striped Fabric Block
Jaws - QuilterChic
Arrowhead - Steph Jacobson Design
Wednesday, February 6 - Coordinated Strips
Peaks - Quilting Mod
Friday, February 8 - Double Disappearing Nine-Patch
Holiday Trellis - Powered by Quilting
Two for One - Mania for Quilts
Would you like to win your very own copy of Turnabout Patchwork? You’re in luck! Martingale is giving away a digital copy to one lucky reader. To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post telling me whether you’re more drawn to scrappy quilts or controlled quilts.
I really like scrappy quilts with a controlled colorway. I love the variety of fabrics (the more the better!), but I really like to stick to a specific color pallet for a given quilt.
Make sure you enter your email address in the comment form so I can contact you if you win. The giveaway ends at 11:59pm Eastern on February 15, 2019.