Scrappy Houses Finished

I guess I lost a couple of weeks being sick or someone in my family being sick and here we are at the end of April!  Our weather has been a bit of a roller coaster so I finished up this scrappy houses quilt top last week when we had a yucky day.  I’ve just been waiting for someone in my family to help me take pictures.  Here’s what happens when I lay things down to photograph:

Scrappy house quilt & cat

Someone always thinks I laid that quilt down for them!  That’s my kitty Shadow.  She likes to get in the pictures.

Scrappy Houses quilt

Here it is without the cat.  I thought it would be fun to make a quilt with all different color houses and throw in some red & black and here it is!  I just used my fabric stash to make this except I wanted a black & white striped piece of border so I had to go out and buy some striped fabric.  I wish now that the stripe was a little bit bigger to show up more but it’s done now so, oh well.

close-up of striped border

The black & white house I made looks a little off but I like it.  My husband said it’s the ghost house.  I just thought it would be fun to add.  Overall, it’s a colorful, bright quilt that I really like and I only had to buy one yard of fabric.  Now I just have to add this to the pile for quilting.

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Old & New Projects

With the transition to civilian life and the hunt for jobs; we are not what you would call “settled” yet.  I’ve had houses on the brain lately since I’ve wanted my very own for a long time.  I guess we’re not there yet but I can make my own in the form of a house quilt!  This quilt will use up more of my scraps and I plan to use big yellow strips in between the blocks (since I have so much yellow for some reason).  I’m going to call it “The House that Scraps Built” and it will be scrappy & colorful.  I still have a few more houses to “build” before I can put it all together.

scrappy houses

I also continue to plod along with the hand quilting of my Farmer’s Wife quilt.  I am happy to announce that I have finished quilting the blocks, sashing and triangles in the middle of the quilt and have moved on to the border.

border quilting

After a year, my motivation for this project is waning.  I couldn’t figure out how I wanted to quilt this.  Basically, I just went down to my local quilt shop and grabbed the first stencil that looked like it would fit and then started.  I may have to add a little here and there to make it fit.  I would love to have this finished soon… like, maybe next Tuesday, but I’m worried that might cause blindness.  I need to give myself a deadline.  Probably before summer and it gets too hot!  Stay tuned…

Since my Farmer’s Wife quilt is not exactly a portable project, I’ve finally jumped into the hexagon craze.  Mainly for a project to take along with me.

the start of something big?

Maybe in about 20  years, this will turn into a quilt?