Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
This swap may use up some of our scraps.
Deadline: October 22
There’s room for 12 participants.
Courthouse steps is a great block for beginners as well as experienced quilters.
You get to choose the colors of the two opposite pairs of steps. One pair will be your first color in dark and medium values. The other needs to be light-value fabrics. For example, if you want only cream and cream backgrounds for your light side please indicate that. The center square will always be the dominant color. Keep in mind when you choose your color(s) that most of us want to use things from our scraps and stash (for example, fushia might not be in all our stashes.)
Cut your steps in 1.5” strips. The first piece, the central block will be 1.5” square. (It is an inch when it is sewn to other strips.) The next set of squares will also be 1.5” unfinished. After that, the steps will be rectangles. Our blocks will be complete when they are 11.5”. That means there will be five steps on each side of the center square.
Use only all cotton, quilt-store QUALITY fabrics. If any of your blocks contain cheap fabric, you risk having me send it back to you in place of one of the ones made for you.
Before the deadline, you need to send a block for each of the other participants in their color choices along with a stamped self-addressed envelope for your new blocks. Blocks will be DUE no later than October 22nd! That means they need to be in my hands by that date! Late blocks will be returned to you un-traded. Please keep us informed about your progress. Half the fun of these swaps is our communication with each other. In addition, we need to be accountable to each other, so that we aren’t disappointed. If a circumstance arises that may hinder keeping your commitment let me or all of us know. We would like to find a replacement swapper or help you complete the project. We want to avoid disappointment for all of us.
1. Carla W. (Off whites/ creams, scrappy for darks & mediums)
2. Jean M. (Pinks, grays for darks)
3. Connie W. (Off white, scrappy warms for darks)
4. Kathy G. (Orange for light, blue for dark)
5. Wilma S-K (off whites, reds)
Absolutely fine with me. I suppose if anyone has strong feelings against it they could warn the rest of us.
I am a little confused here, could be it is early or maybe age....”...send a block for each of the other participants in their color choices...”. Want to make sure I understand this to mean 1) if they call out off whites and oranges, then I need a block of those colors in it or 2) if they call out off whites and no specific colors then I can use imagination on colors....just need clarification.
Wilma, I think you have got it. The only thing I might add is in that case the steps that aren't off white would still need to be medium or dark. In Kathy's case with blue and orange, maybe the values aren't as important - not sure. Does that mean you're will join us?
Yes I will join you. My colors will be off white and shades of red .... UNLV Rebels here.
Well on mine I want off whites, creams ect...for my light side but I am open to scrappy for my darker side.
Wow, speedy Gonzales....very nice. I am still contemplating my pumpkin patch.
I needed a break from the pumpkins. I get so messy with fusible, etc. Cutting strips is a breeze. Thanks.
Lolol. Me too.
That's really pretty!
Jean, I love that block. Exactly what I was looking for. At least I hope that one is mine. I haven't seen anyone else who wants that color combination.