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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Courtin' Cousins....

Such a simple yet perfect design...
The Log Cabin block....
and it's dramatic cousin - Courthouse Steps...


I have done several projects using the Courthouse steps design...and I have even done two toned Courthouse steps, but this is the first red and off-white.   I saw this quilt in the magnificent new book by Denyse Schmidt.
I did not follow the pattern in the book stitch for stitch....


And I did attempt to give it the Denyse loop....not at all perfect....far from it.  But it does the job and adds nice texture...

  
I do not enjoy free motion quilting as much as I enjoy hand quilting...but I have the wedding quilt to finish hand quilting and this one needed to be finished now.  

But I do love the look of perle cotton on these steps....

It just needs a bit of binding and this one will be finished...

  
 I must say, working on this quilt reaffirmed my love for Denyse Schmidt as a fabric and pattern designer.  She is my 'go-to' girl.  I think everything she does speaks to me...I am never disappointed.

Have a wonderful Saturday....
mary :)

35 comments:

  1. Wow Mary!! :0)
    Such a stunning quilt!

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  2. oh, it's beautiful, Mary!!! You always make the best quilts.

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  3. I love Denyse too - her fabrics are always such a great scale for quilting, and her designs are always wonderfully traditional...yet modern.

    Your quilt is gorgeous - and the quilting looks beautifully textured.

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  4. Such beautiful work! I love log cabin quilts and have one pieced and am currently making the hand appliqued border for it.

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  5. What an incredible quilt. You have such a knack for mixing prints together! I like to hand quilt too but I think your FMQ much more than does the job, it looks fantastic.

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  6. she's my favorite as well. and i love a good courthouse quilt! there's something satisfying about the way they grow.

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  7. What an incredibly intricate quilt! I have scrolled back and forward through your photos looking at all the layers of the design- and the FMQ is a wonderful departure from your trademark hand quilted finish. I love how the colours go from orange/red to neutral, back to the orange/red. And those little surprises like the spotted and checked fabrics, the little bursts of yellow and blue and the fabric with numerals on it! Oh, and that magenta strip!! A triumph in every way! I love it Mary!

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  8. Oh, I meant to say, where is the photo with your pretty sox?! And please, what size is this beauty?! ;-))

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  9. Your courthouse quilt looks great--and fun to make! Am I understanding you quilted it with perle cotton in your machine? I can't tell from the photos.

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  10. Gorgeous! Sometimes you just need to go a quicker route, and that's okay. You've done a beautiful job - Denyse would be proud.

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  11. Mary (Denyse) evreything you do is perfect in my eyes!!
    Is this called foxy?

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  12. O.M.G. it is absolutely STUNNING---and I want one too!!

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  13. Just stunning and the loopy machine quilting does add a fab texture.

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  14. Mary, this is stunning! Absolutely beautiful in every way!! What size is it?

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  15. Very striking quilt. The quilting is great. Hugs.

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  16. I feel the same way about DS .... LOVE this quilt it is stunning in every way .

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  17. Perfection is overrated - but this comes close Mary! Love it and if you don't I could give it a great home but I'm guessing it's off to the shop!

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  18. Oh wow Mary, it really is stunning. I love those little touches of print that give it that little extra, and that slightly cerise fabric in the centre of the orange/reds. These little extras give it so much life.

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  19. Oh my gosh !!! Boy do you ever have the touch!!! What a beautiful quilt!!!!

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  20. This it just gorgeous! I love Denise too.

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  21. Mary, mary! What a fun quilt!!

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  22. Its such a striking design and i love the quilting texture, it adds to it beautifully.

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  23. Olá... amo passar por aqui e ver quantas coisas lindas você faz, um dia quem sabe eu consiga quiltar como você.... por enquanto vou me inspirando ...

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  24. Very nice! Love your version and the machine quilting you did.

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  25. It's just stunning! Beautiful work

    I have that book but haven't tried any of the designs yet but I've got my eye on the mariner's compass.

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  26. This quilt is very much on my to-do list...I love your version, just stunning!

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  27. This is gorgeous! Love the subtle variations i your two colors. And the quilting adds a bit of playfulness, I think. Congratulations on making a beauty!

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  28. this is so beautiful. i've been branching into more and more colors and fabrics, but i like the idea of narrowing it down to just two.

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