It’s that time of the year where I have some new patterns that will be released at the end of the month when I attend Quilt Market in Houston. So, I thought I would share them with you along with the inspiration behind the quilt.
This week I am featuring my new lap quilt Stepping Stones. This is 70 x 70” lap quilt that has a scrappy pieced center and is framed by appliqué.
I wanted a block that would feature the color prints I chose but be easy to make. This simple square in a square design was the answer. Each block has 3 different color prints and a tan background. I alternate between blocks that have the tan print background as the corners and blocks that have the color prints as the corners. This creates the unique secondary design. Here are examples of the two blocks types:
Since this quilt also features an appliqué motif that frames the center, I wanted to review some appliqué tips.
First, for the stems I cut bias strips from a green print fabric. It’s easiest to cut the strips needed from fat quarters (or fat eighths if you don’t need a lot). To cut bias strips, lay the fabric on the cutting surface, lay the 45° line of your ruler on the fabric edge, and then start cutting strips. The photos below show these steps:
Once you have the strips cut, fold in the sides of the strip and press to make the stem. If you start with a 1” wide bias strip, after pressing, your stem will be 1/2” wide. Using a bias tool makes it easier to fold the strips into stems.
My second tip: start stitching your appliqué motif with the stems and then build the rest of the design from there. Use small dots of appliqué glue to shape and hold your stems in place for stitching. Here’s my favorite glue:
This is Roxanne’s Glue Baste-it. This is the best glue that I have used. It’s a small container, but you use so little of it at a time, that it lasts through several projects.
My final tip for this post: If you have an appliqué motif that is made up of several pieces layered on top of each other, stitch the smaller pieces to the larger pieces before stitching it all down to the quilt top. For example, here is the medallion corner stone:
The red penny circle was stitched to the gold circle. Then that unit was stitched to the blue medallion piece. After that was done, the excess fabric was trimmed out in the back before stitching the whole medallion to the quilt top.
I hope these tips were helpful and that you are excited to make this quilt! You will see announcements here and on my Facebook and Instagram pages when the pattern is available.