Monday, May 15, 2017

Courthouse Steps - A Finished Quilt

I started this quilt about a year ago and, after finishing the top last spring, it just laid there for a while until I decided to go on with matchstick quilting. I am so glad I did. I called this one Step By Step.

There are so many different fabrics in this quilt, I used a lot of scraps, but it hardly made a dent in my scrap bin. I had a great time mixing different fabrics to create each block. Not a fast quilt to make but, a rewarding one. 

Now a little more about the process for those who might be interested.

The first thing I did was to separate the scraps into three different bins, light, medium and dark. Then from that bin, I divided them by length but keeping the light /med/ dark separate. Bigger scraps were cut into strips then joined the others. 

All blocks were paper pieced. You can see bellow how I arranged the strips before assembling the blocks. To save some time, I worked on 4 to 6 blocks at a time. 

Evolution of a Paper Pieced Courthouse Steps Block.
Such a fun block to make!!

As for batting goes, all I had in hand was wool batting, and I wasn't sure how it would turn out, so I went to the big craft store near me and settled on Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20. I read once that 80/20 batting had a nice drape so I thought I could use that. :-) Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 is a thinner batting, so again I figured it would be perfect with the dense quilting. I pre-washed it; I was afraid it would shrink too much (remembering a previous quilt I made using the same batting that shrunk way too much for my liking). I think it's ok to pre-wash batting in some cases, definitely not something I do every time. 

For those who wonder about the texture, the best way for me to describe it, is that it sort of reminds me of the Catalogue blankets my mother used to make on a large loom. 

Details about the quilt:

Name: Step By Step
Size: 53"x 68.5"
Pattern: Courthouse Steps paper template I printed online. 
Fabrics: From the scrap bin to my stash, there is a mix of everything.
Backing: Penmanship in Milk from the Honor Roll Collection by Anna Maria Horner 
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20
Thread: Superior Threads King Tut White Linen 40w 
Binding: Normandy Court Ticking Stripe Navy/Blue by Michele D'Amore
Finished: May 2017