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Positive/Negative Twin Quilt Tops

Posted on: January 9th, 2015 by Lorna McMahon

What do you do when you can’t make up your mind?

Stepping Stones quilt in Positive setting

Stepping Stones quilt in Negative setting

These twin quilt tops are for the Island Batik – Sock Hop Blog Hop.  The hop runs from January 12 to 25,  And the full schedule can be found on my right sidebar.

Each participant will be featuring their choice of Island Batik’s new fabric collections in a Classic Block.

My choice was the Stepping Stones quilt block.
Tutorial post planned for later this month!

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.

I got to use these gorgeous Island Batik fabrics from the new Cry Me A River collection.

Each quilt top finished at approximately 40″ x 50″

And after writing that post for Monday on Quilting With Your Walking Foot for the Top 10 Tips for New Quilters series, I have been itching to finish piecing these tops so I can get quilting again!

I have chosen my backing.  The binding has already been prepared and is ready to go.  And am certainly looking forward to getting these two cuties quilted up for my Sock Hop Blog Hop post on January 25th.

Linking up to Finish it up Friday with 
Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts 
And TGIFF! hosted this week by
M-R of Quilts Matters.

Which setting is your fave?  Are you feeling the Positive?  Or the Negative?

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53 Responses

  1. These are great! I love the pair of them together. Individually, I think I prefer the positive… cause more color. 🙂

  2. Oh, they're going to be awesome. Great pattern. I think I'm a fan of the negative…. I'm always up for lots of white freshness. Good stuff Lorna. Jen

  3. Lesley says:

    i am in love with both quilts! They are stunning

  4. KathyinMN says:

    My SO said the one on the left, right as I was saying the one on the right. Just like you and your son! Fun to see it both ways.

  5. Patricia says:

    They are beautiful! Love both and the colors!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I like them both but if I had to choose just one, it would be the negative setting! Very pretty!

  7. I'm with you, it's hard to decide. Love all the color in the positive but I'm more of a traditional quilter and the negative gives that feel. Either choice is beautiful.

  8. Kaja says:

    Good going Lorna. The negative one just has the edge for me, but they are both lovely.

  9. Ruth says:

    Hard to choose between them but I'm leaning toward negative for some reason!

  10. I really like the white background –

  11. Beautiful quilt and great colors!

  12. Jayne says:

    Love how you plan to use the batiks! The white background is my favorite as well! What a fun blog hop…I will be watching and checking it out!

  13. Vicki in MN says:

    OK I think you have outdone yourself!! Geesh I can't decide which I like better as I absolutely LOVE them both!! Looking forward to the tute on this block.

  14. I can't decide–I love them both!!

  15. dorothy says:

    Love them both, but if I only get one choice, it would be the positive quilt. Love how the stars pop against the white.

  16. Jasmine says:

    Beautiful! I have no idea which one I would choose. I think maybe it would be the first, because it is a little different with the darker backgrounds.

  17. They look great, Lorna. It would be hard to choose which one to make, and I love that you made both! I think I might favor the \”negative\” one, but it is a really, really close call.

  18. Yvonne says:

    Two gorgeous quilts!

  19. Anne says:

    Both quilts are beautiful and eye catching. I have usually avoided heavily stamped batiks where you can see an object like the turtle. However, you have shown me that she used in patchwork, the pattern is not a distraction. Brilliant. The vibrant colors are so rich. I still like the negative with all that white. Well done!

  20. Donna W says:

    They are both wonderful, but I would have to go with the negative. Against the white background, the stars just pop.

  21. JanineMarie says:

    I love them both. Alone, I might pick the negative one. But really they belong together as a set. They enrich each other. Beautiful!

  22. Sheri says:

    It's so beautiful and I loved to see it in the positive and the negative! My favorite is the darker background.

  23. SarahZ says:

    I love this! Especially since I have a self imposed positive/negative BOM made up for myself this year! I tend to like the negative, day in, day out 🙂

  24. They both look like Seahawks quilts to me!

  25. WOW!!! I love them both!!! Can't wait to see the tutorial 🙂 May have to add this one to my \”to do\” list!~ Jess ~Everything Is Coming Up Rosie

  26. Lisa J. says:

    I couldn't pick one over the other. They are both beautiful.

  27. Barbara says:

    I like the positive design (on the left). It feels fresh and modern.

  28. I'm with Russell on the positive. Gorgeous colours!

  29. LA Paylor says:

    the positive one reminds me of Nordic sweaters… which is a good thing. The negative image is the one I would like to make, as it reminds me of an Irish chain and showcases the stars more. Clever you. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  30. Kathleen says:

    Loving these!!

  31. Susan says:

    I like them both–glad you have enough fabric!

  32. Anonymous says:

    I can't decide, I love them both!

  33. Jereena says:

    Both are lovely. Positive setting looks classic and the negative looks modern.I like the negative setting more. Love the fabrics!

  34. Vicki says:

    Choosing is almost impossible…but…I think I like the one on the right. Either way, they are soooo beautiful!

  35. Colleen says:

    it is hard to choose but I'm going with the one on the right ! Looking forward to the tutorial. Colleen at

  36. Sure, make two! LOL! They are both beautiful so I can see your dilemma . Nicely solved! Can't wait to see how you'll quilt these, Lorna!

  37. Unknown says:

    I love one on the right. Can't wait for tutorial:-)

  38. Dominique says:

    Tough choice. The first one is more \”me\” but there is something to be said about the quietness of the second one.

  39. Vera says:

    Great to see both versions. I'm falling more for the negavite 🙂 Well done!

  40. Preeti says:

    Love the colors. My slight preference is for the one on the right. Just seems sharper and brighter. I would love to make this pattern but I am sure I would mess up at least one or two small pieces….

  41. Wow and Wow….love them both.

  42. Joni says:

    Who can choose! The Positive one really shows off the fabric colors…just gorgeous! The Negative one just sings. Beautiful job! Can't wait to see how you finish them.

  43. Unknown says:

    Positive, great colours & where do you get this pattern I would enjoy making one. Thks for the sock hop blog hop. Do you have to be a vender to buy from batik island? Happy Quilting 🙂

  44. The Stepping Stones block tutorial is coming up soon! Yes, you do have to be a vender to buy from Island Batik directly, but their products can be found in quilt shops. On the Island Batik website, click on the tab at the top of the page labeled Where To Buy to find a store near you.

  45. Beautiful quilts Lorna, I'm not sure which one I like the best!!

  46. Lynette says:

    Wow – I **love** them both and could never choose. In fact, it's really tempting to do this as a two-sided quilt, matching the blocks up front to back and all. . . Hmm… find my brain considering the logistics of that. . .

  47. Lara B. says:

    You've done it again Lorna! Two more gorgeous quilts! You showcased the fabrics wonderfully too!

  48. Lettyb says:

    Sorry it took me a while to comment – Lorna, I LOVE these!!! Congrats on a great design!

  49. Sally says:

    Both are beautiful but the Negative one is Gorgeous

  50. I think both are beautiful, but the negative one is my favourite!

  51. Mara says:

    I like the negative one too, but I can see why your son liked the other one, it is just as pretty.

  52. Carole says:

    I really like both of them, so hard to choose. Beautiful.

  53. Unknown says:

    Thank you for putting an effort to published this article. You've done a great job! Good bless!