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.


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).

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  1. Your quilts are getting more and more beautiful! If you ever run out of room for them, I’ll send you my address! lol

    • Megan on September 23, 2012 at 15:54

    So pretty! I second Kathy’s comment. 😉

    • paula on September 23, 2012 at 16:29

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

    • zibilee on September 24, 2012 at 07:01

    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!

  2. This is absolutely stunning! Gorgeous!!

    • hafza on October 2, 2012 at 00:14

    oh …this is beautiful!!

  3. Your quilts are always stunning! Thank you for sharing the photos with us.

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