Friday, January 31, 2020

Stepping Stones Cutie Quilt

I just finished this Stepping Stones Cutie Quilt:


This quilt started out as a pile of scraps from my self-replenishing 2 1/2" scrap bin:


It was a group effort.  I asked for help choosing the background:


I received nearly 100 responses and every single one voted for the gold fabric on the right.  Sorry, brown!

I pieced the top together and had a fun plan in mind for the machine quilting:


I loaded the quilt on my Handi Quilter Forte (named Jason Momoa) and started stitching ribbon candy in the border, as one does.  Then I noticed a problem that made me change my entire quilting plan.  One of the blocks was mis-pieced:


There are four gold vertical strips in each block.  The middle two are wider than the outer two.  It's hardly noticeable (which explains why I didn't notice it) but if I quilted the way I wanted to, it would be VERY noticeable.  

I make quilts because I enjoy making quilts.  This quilt has no home and will be gifted to someone or given to a charity at some point.  Since the recipient will likely not measure each individual piece, I decided not to unquilt the border, unpiece the quilt, repiece the quilt, and start again.

Instead, I left the ribbon candy border and stitched my favorite edge-to-edge design over the blocks.

I pulled out my pile of green fabric scraps and cut a scrappy binding:


I love the way this scrappy, plan-B quilt turned out!


No one (except any of the hundreds of people who see this post) will ever know the difference!


3 comments:

QuiltGram said...

That old saying, “The quilting makes the quilt” sure comes to mind here. What a transformation. And is this an 80-20 batting? I

Frog Quilter said...

Love it just the way it is. The gold is perfect to show case the greens.

Pamela Arbour said...

I am pretty sure that if you turned that around two or three times that you wouldn't be able to find the mistake! Love the gold!