25 Jan 2015

Island Batik - Sock Hop and Twin Baby Quilts

Welcome to Sew Fresh Quilts!  My name is Lorna and I so excited to be taking part in the Island Batik - Sock Hop Blog Hop. 

Each participant has featured their choice of Island Batiks new fabric collections in a Classic Block.

To make my project, I had the pleasure of using these new batiks from the Cry Me A River collection from Island Batik.  Aren't they dreamy? 


This collection has a beautiful variety of colours and prints.
I love the tear drops.  And these sea turtles?  Adorable!!


Once I had settled on the Stepping Stones quilt block as my choice for a classic block, I used my EQ7 to design a quilt.  Then I changed things up and made a negative setting too.



I asked my son Russell for his opinion.  He favoured the one on the left in the positive setting.  But I really liked the one on the right in the negative setting!  It was just too hard to chose one over the other.  So I worked out a plan, managing to make both quilts from the half yard cuts that were provided.

The completed quilt tops were shared in this post.  And a tutorial for the Stepping Stones quilt block can be found here.  For my tutorial post, I shared my experiences using both an inaccurate and an accurate 1/4" seam and the results.  I know you have probably heard it a thousand times before.  But some of us have to learn the hard way.




I wanted the quilting to continue the Cry Me A River theme.  Organic wavy line quilting brings to mind the ebb and flow of a lazy river.




Both were backed using a whole cloth with no seam lines.  And they match!




There was just enough fabric left from those half yard cuts for binding.  I love the look of a scrappy binding!




These quilt finishes were the 24th and 25th use of my 100 labels ordered from

You can design your own labels, too!  Click here!


These twin baby quilts finished at approximately 40" x 50" each and are now listed with my Quilts for Sale in my Etsy shop.  And the Stepping Stones twin quilts pattern, which includes instructions for making both quilts is available for $4.00 for a limited time in my Payhip Pattern shop here.







Thank you for joining me on the Island Batik - Sock Hop Blog Hop!  If you missed any of the previous stops, the full schedule is as follows:


Date               Participant, Blog & Block Project
January 12     Katie @ Island Batik - Introduction to the Sock Hop Blog Hop
January 13     Susan @ Susan Vassallo Quilting Arts - Topsy Turvey Log Cabin
January 14     Connie @ Freemotion by the River - 54-40 or Fight
January 15     Bea Lee @ Beaquilter - Hunter Star
January 16     Linda @ One Quilting Circle - Flying Geese
January 17     Maryellen @ Mary Mack's Blog - Sister's Choice
January 18     Jocelyn @ Happy Cottage Quilter - Nine Patch
January 19     Connie @ Kauffman Designs - Drunkard's Path
January 20     Tammy @ Tamarinis - Pinwheel
January 21     Barbara @ Bejeweled Quilts - Maple Leaf
January 22     Barbara @ Six Gables Designs - Friendship Star
January 23     Nan @ Purrfect Spots - Duck and Ducklings
January 24     Jeanette @ Inchworm Fabrics - Solstice Star
January 25     Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts - Stepping Stones

And in case you missed it, there is also a fabulous GIVEAWAY!
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29 comments:

nancie boyce said...

Love your fabric choice and prefer the negative version also. Great job!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

You did an awesome job of using up all of the fabric provided you. I am blown away with how far you were able to get those half yard cuts!

GranChris said...

I'm with you I really like the one on the right. The white just makes it pop!. Great job. The colors are fabulous.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Both of your quilts are beautiful Lorna......can't decide which is my favorite! I'm so happy you took part in the Island Batik blog hop!

Kris said...

These turned out fabulous Lorna! I love them and the organic lines ..perfect!

susan718 said...

Thank you for the great giveaway! I think a quilt combining positive/negative would also be beaurtiful.

Quilter Roz said...

Great job! Love them both.

beaquilter said...

these are just lovely!

OhioLori said...

Your Quilts are both Awesome!!! Gorgeous colors & Pattern!! :)

Jayne said...

both turned out fantastic Lorna! I love seeing different versions of the same quilt...love it!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I really like how the quilts turned out and I like the quilting you did on them.

Carla said...

Both of them are so beautifully pieced Lorna. So fresh and crisp looking.

Cheryl said...

I love both versions, I don't know which is my favorite.

Laura said...

I've been watching these beauties on your blog, Lorna. Thanks for the closeup of the quilting. Really helps to see how different quilting options work on a specific quilt.

Christine said...

Such lovely quilts! Great color!

Calicojoan said...

I love those fabrics and getting 2 quilt out of them is icing on the cake! Great job!

SarahZ said...

Those are two sweet quilts!!!

JANET said...

Love your quilts. It is hard to decide if I like the positive or negative! But I do know I want to make one!!

Joyce Carter said...

Both of your quilts are absolutely beautiful, Lorna, but I think I love the negative one the best. I love the quilting, too. Beautiful job! Thank you for sharing.

Lori said...

these are both gorgeous. I am like you, I think the one with all the white background is wonderful. It makes the stars pop. The other is great also, it just makes the white stars pop. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

Cynthia Woodham said...

I love your fabric choice and pattern and thank you for the label link. I just popped over and order myself some for my quilts. I can see me making one these in the near future.

Carrie Wikander said...

I like the way you used these fabrics, can't decide if I like one better or both equally. Clever idea either way!

Needled Mom said...

Both are just gorgeous.

Dee D said...

These are both so pretty and your choice of quilting fits them so well! I love blue and green together.

KathyinMN said...

Really awesome, thank you for sharing your talents.

WYO Di said...

I wonder how the positive/negative would have worked in 1 quilt? Love the fabric line, love your two quilts!

Jacqui S. said...

Very nice too, I positively love the negative design and your choice of fabrics makes it all so fresh and new. Well done!!

Sew Stitching Cute said...

I do not know if there is any comment that can do justice for your selection of fabrics and colors... nothing I would have picked out to create such a stunning color variation, yet you always seem to pull it off.

Soma Acharya said...

You have made some beauties, dear Lorna! Both of them are gorgeous and wavy quilting is perfect! Hard to pick just one :)

-Soma