Before the snow flies, let's talk about this lovely little quilt top I just finished:
Not the greatest picture (it's cold and windy) but I love it! I have been obsessed with houses for a while now. I am so tired of living in this condo that I could just scream sometimes. I know I should feel grateful that I have a nice safe place to live that is tucked away near a park and everything, but I miss my house so much. I keep thinking about all the improvements I would make to this place, but then I remember that I can't do anything about that ugly bathroom floor. Sigh. Spring is coming, and then we'll be looking.
I guess for now I'll make do with these pretty house blocks! I did not make these. Back in September, I got to "adopt" these blocks from Julie at Floribunda Quilts. Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than Housework had a Quilty Adoption event (and is having another in March, so be ready) where people could offer their unfinished projects that they had lost enthusiasm for to others who would finish them. I won Julie's beautiful blocks!
These were apparently made by several different people, and they are all great! They have all sorts of bling, too:
How cute are those beads? And check out the roof of this house:
What pretty decorative stitches!
I set these blocks in irregular rows with this beautiful blue-green Kona cotton. (I need a Kona color card so I can keep these names straight.) I didn't want any straight rows or anything like that. I tried to work it out on graph paper, but in the end I just sat on the floor and arranged them the way I wanted, then measured the spaces between them to cut the sashing. It was a process, but it worked!
So, I now have this little top that measures about 50 by 50 (or so). I've named it Neighborhood, because what else could it be? Because of the buttons and such, I'll have to quilt it up myself, which I am totally looking forward to. Could take a little while, though, because I have to figure out what to do with that negative space. Maybe I can quilt in some trees or something. Here's where the graph paper will come in handy!
Thanks to Julie for such great blocks! Since she had wanted these to be used for a charitable purpose, this may get donated to my niece's high school auction for their student activities. Not sure if I can have it done by then, but I'll try.
Here's hoping your house will be okay this weekend. Stay off the roads and stay in and sew--it's safer!
Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Finish it up Friday.