Garden Steps Quilt

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 I’ve been working on this quilt as part of a quilt-along being hosted by Clover and Violet (the Flickr group is here) for several months now. Each month we were provided with a small jpg image of embroidery to download and then stitch in the center of each court house steps block (twelve in all). I ended up creating my own embroidery for block 12 as the quilt along block #12 was made as a label…and I wanted to design my own label for the back of the quilt. Here is my original block:

And here is the label which I attached with an inside border of running stitches and and an outer border of blanket stitch:

This is a large quilt at 60″ X 78″. I used Kate Spain’s Good Fortune collection and sashed the quilt with Kona White. Each block is different because of the unique embroidery in the centers:

The back is an original pieced design. Some of of the blocks on the back are improvisational piecing.

I quilted this with an all over meandering stipple design using a light purple thread.

The quilt is bound with a solid purple Kona fabric, and I decided to use a small strip of lighter purple just as a little surprise in the binding.

This was such a satisfying quilt to make. Each month I looked forward to sitting down with my needle and embroidery thread to create the center design for one of the blocks. It was time consuming, but in the end I have something which combines hand sewing with machine quilting for a unique look.

Many thanks to Clover and Violet for hosting this quilt-a-long and also to Sew Lux Fabric and Gifts who provided the fabric and embroidery packs for this quilt.

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This quilt counts toward the third quarter of the 2012 Finish Along (visit my pre-quarter post to see all the quilt projects I hoped to finish this quarter).

7 thoughts on “Garden Steps Quilt

  1. paula

    What a stunning quilt! I love your stitches and the Kate Spain fabrics are just gorgeous! Beautiful job Wendy!

  2. zibilee

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the needlework as well, and the colors are perfect! I swear I am going to make one of these someday…..but I have to learn how to first!

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