Sep 10, 2010

::Happy Neighbors::
















Well, I really didn't mean to fall off the edge of blogland this summer. It just happened that I was rarely home. I didn't have anything to sew show! What a whirlwind we had with kids going to camp, working, blah, blah, blah, blah. . . .

That's why I am super thrilled to finally have a finish for Sew-n-Tell Friday--my Doll Quilt Swap 9 mini sent off to my secret partner this week (just made the deadline!). She should get it today!

And I have to say, I'm even more thrilled with the results. This little baby changed very little from conception to completion. Normally, my quilts evolve to match my idea with my abilities/time/talent/stash. This time, I started with the border fabric and  inspiration from here. Aren't these the cutest little houses? (If the right DH is reading this, a set of these would look so sweet above the sink, and an important birthday is coming near. Hint. Hint.)

I realized to make row houses, I'd have to go with paper piecing. It only took a couple tries to work it out. Then I set them into another house--I couldn't get over my cleverness (lots of giggling while working this out--the men in my house, even the dog, thought I was crazy).



















Ta Da! I'm really happy with this. I wanted to use these soft colors and straight line quilting since my partner is an expert at applique and FMQ. I thought she might appreciate having something different than she might make, yet still fitting in with her tastes.
We'll see what she thinks . . . .

For more great finishes, click on the Sew-n-Tell button on the sidebar. And have a good weekend!

Gratitudes
  • Fall weather--I'm ready for a fresh start and long pants.
  • Learning to use my mother's sewing machine
  • Watching my sons grow into thoughtful young men

18 comments:

MaryAnne said...

This quilt is so cute! And those houses on etsy are darling, too =)

Tori said...

That is so sweet! I love mini quilts.

kristie said...

very cute!

Leslie said...

i get excited when a project works out really well too, and this one is so cute!!!

P. said...

So cute, and I love that the overall shape mirrors the houses!

Aunt Spicy said...

I can not even handle how cute that is! Love the little houses!

p.s.phyllis sews said...

Love how the shape of the quilt goes with your paper-pieced houses! Really cute!

Haylee said...

Very cute!

Nicole said...

Adorable! I love all the bright roof tops.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

So cute and lovely.

Hollie said...

So cute!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

You're back! The mini is adorable and I love how you made the whole thing into a house shape. Cute!

I agree about the long pants:)

Ivory Spring said...

This is too cute.

Michelle said...

Just adorable! So neat that the overall shape is a house too.

Karen said...

Cute houses. I have a house quilt on my 'one day' list.

Nina... said...

Such cute little houses!

Pokey said...

The doll house quilt is adorable! Cute work, glad to see you sewing again!

ktquilts said...

Very nice!! Love that little quilt!