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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:

trish said...

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

Svetlana said...

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

Katy said...

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.

Connie said...

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

Laura C @ littleandlots said...

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.

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's stunning!

kelly said...

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

Patchwork and Play said...

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!

Patchwork and Play said...

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

Donna~~ said...

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.

Marie said...

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

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Looks perfect to me! :) x

selfsewn said...

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

Sew Sisters Quilt Shop said...

It's gorgeous!
Carol

Angie said...

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

Psychotherapy said...

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

Rachaeldaisy said...

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

Cathy said...

Very striking quilt. The quilting is great. Hugs.

SharoninStitches said...

Beautiful!

Lorraine said...

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

Nicky said...

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!

Marg said...

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.

Miss Holly said...

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

Becca said...

Very pretty!

thatmoxiegirl said...

This it just gorgeous! I love Denise too.

Carla said...

Mary, mary! What a fun quilt!!

Carolyn said...

it's a stunner!!

liniecat said...

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

mara oliveira said...

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 ...

Modern Amish said...

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

CitricSugar said...

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.

Cardygirl said...

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

Marit said...

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!

quirky granola girl said...

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.

Carla said...

This is so fabulous!!