I finally finished my courthouse step quilt top using Rifle Paper Co's Les Fleurs line for Cotton + Steel. I started this quilt this past summer while at an annual retreat with friends. Then it sat for months, as did everything else sewing related. I always feel very motivated to get back to quilting after the holidays, especially this year since my photography season is wrapping up and work at the studio has been a lot less lately. It's nice to get back to the sewing room and have a chance to be creative! There's something about sewing that just makes me feel normal again!
As much as I love log cabins, I love that courthouse step blocks take a lot less time, since you can sew two strips on each block at a time before pressing and trimming. I chain pieced a few large batches of blocks to make this top, so they came together pretty quickly, I just sewed a set of strips on each batch whenever I had an extra few minutes. I'm usually more of a marathon quilter, doing everything all at once rather than in bits and pieces since I'm usually on a deadline! But since this quilt is just a personal one there was no real rush.
I enjoyed sewing with the Rifle prints so much, I've been a huge fan of Anna Bond's work since she started the company and it's awesome to finally have her work on fabric! The florals are my favorite, along with those cute flamingos! I paired them with a contrasting Essex linen and a polka dot linen that a friend found for me at her LQS. I think the Essex colors are Black and Chambray yarn dyed Essex.
Jackson wanted to get in on the photo shoot too, as usual. He's been coming with me to the studio some days and is finally getting used to it there! At least as much as a little watchdog can get used to constant traffic going by and not being able to bark at the cars!