Coming Along Nicely

My Tied Dyed Courthouse Steps mini-quilt is coming along nicely.

The governor of Michigan closed all restaurants and bars on Monday. Wisconsin’s governor followed suit today. There will be nothing to do up here but quilt. Its kind of a bad time of the year for this to happen. We are already all going stir crazy from all the snow this year. I’m hoping when all the snow birds return, which should be soon, they don’t bring the virus with them.

Everyone stay healthy and happy quilting.


Tied Dyed Courthouse Step

I am participating in an online quilt guild run by Rebecca Bryan called Playful Colorful Quilt Guild. I joined it way before these crazy times but now it might be pretty fortuitous if my local guilds get cancelled. I am working on her Tied Dyed Courthouse Step quilt. The concept is to paint a square with watercolors and then use that as inspiration for your quilt colors. Here is my watercolor painting, my fabric pull and and my Courthouse Step quilt I did in EQ8. I had a little trouble matching my fabric colors in EQ.

I am making a miniature version of this quilt with the blocks finishing 4 inches so I am doing paper piecing. I like EQ8 because it creates the foundation blocks for me. No math! (Although secretly I love math.) With that said I did have some issues with the piecing. As you can see after I had my foundation block I labeled each log with the alphabet letter I assigned to each fabric. When I went to make the block though I didn’t realize I should have labeled them in reverse. (Think fusible applique pieces. You have to reverse your templates.) Plus I wasn’t paying attention to the orientation of the 3 small blocks in the middle.

Here is my first block. It is the last block in the bottom row on the right in my EQ quilt.

I really like this block and who will know it isn’t exactly like my corner block in my EQ8 quilt. Well you guys will. Hah!

What I am most grateful in this whole process is that I get to use all of the tools I have accumulated over the years. I did not need to buy a single thing to make this quilt. Yea me!

Yep that’s a 1/8″ add a seam. Not sure I have every used it before. I’m using that binding tool as a iron mat. I have never used it to make binding. Well at least not yet.

I will post more blocks as I get them done. For now I hope everyone is staying safe and not fretting too much about what is happening in our communities. I hope everyone gets to do something this weekend to calm their nerves whether it be quilting, reading, watching a movie with popcorn. Oh my! I have to go I got a lot to do this weekend.

Happy Quilting