Tiny House Quilt

These tiny house blocks have been taking up space on my design wall for several months now and I needed to do something with them.  I was taking my time trying to decide what color and what size sashing to use to put them all together.  And should I make 56 blocks or are 48 enough?  Finally, I just bought a neutral tan/brownish fabric and got busy.

tiny houses going together

I realized after I started putting the blocks together that the tan fabric was very similar to the mustard yellow fabric that I had chosen months ago for my border.  Oh well.

tiny house quilt

48 blocks was plenty.  I think I could have gone a little smaller with the sashing though.  Everything is on such a small scale here.  The sashing finished at 1 inch.  My blue border is 3/4 inch and my red border is 1/2 inch.  The entire quilt is 30 inches by 38 inches and turned out a little larger than I actually wanted.  I just wanted a small quilt to hang going up my stairs.  I love the dark primary colors which give the quilt a homey, country feel.

I bought enough of the sashing fabric to use as backing so my quilt is now sandwiched and ready to be quilted.  I want to try some “big stitch quilting” on this little quilt.  I’ve been watching videos on the internet to teach myself and now I need to get some thread and large needles and give it a try.  I think I’ll just go around each block and then around each border.  I can’t wait to show you how it turns out!

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Mystery Block #6

This is the last block for the mystery quilt that I’m doing with my local quilt guild.

mystery block #6

The instructions called for us to go ahead and put the 6 blocks together along with the hourglass blocks that we made last month and a couple of rows of blocks that we made this month.  I didn’t use the suggested layout but mixed mine up some.  I just thought they looked best with this arrangement.

mystery blocks

There’s a lot of red and a lot going on here!  The hourglass blocks at the top and bottom are more borders that we had to make this month but we’re not supposed to add them yet.  I think there are several borders for this quilt that we’re adding later.  It’s still a mystery how it’ll turn out!  We still have a couple more months to go until we’re finished so there’s still a chance it won’t be awful.  Come back next month and see how things are shaping up.

Another Quilty Roadtrip

I’ve been wanting to visit the American Gothic house in Iowa for quite a while and I found out recently that they had a quilt exhibit going on there so I decided now was a perfect time!  This past weekend we made the 2 hour drive north to Eldon, Iowa to see the house and the wonderful visitor center that goes along with the property.

American Gothic roadtripIt really is an adorable house.  I can see why Grant Wood was smitten and wanted to use it in a painting.  I don’t know why more people don’t put fancy church windows in their houses. ?

The visitor center is in front of the house and tells about Grant Wood’s life, the town of Eldon and the history of the house.  I love the story about the little old lady who lived in the house.  She looked out one day and Grant was sketching her house so she called her daughter and asked her to come help clean the house from top to bottom.  They even changed the curtains in the fancy window.  Then they sat down on the front porch and waited for him to return.  He didn’t come back.  I guess he had enough sketches to do his painting.  In fact, he actually never had the people pose in front of the house but added them in separately.  One was his dentist and one was his sister.  And he painted in different curtains!

The visitor center maintains a pretty, native wildflower garden in front of the house which adds to the charm of the place.

20150712_141433So now, about the quilt exhibit.  It’s called:  “American Gothic in Stitches: Quilts inspired by the famous painting.”  It’s going in now through October 18th and it’s sponsored by APQS, the Ottumwa Area Arts Council and the American Gothic House Center.  There was also a local quilt contest involved but I believe the submission deadline was the end of June.

20150712_132316There are several American Gothic quilt interpretations which are fun to look at.

This American Gothic quilt is by Lynn Czaban and Bonnie Keller and is called “Ms. MacDonald and the Old Goat Farm”.  They did an amazing job of re-creating the painting with colorful fabrics.  I love the flowers they put on the clothes!

20150712_132142I think I like this version better than the original painting.

This quilt is by Pam Holland and is called “American Gothic Revisited”.  I took a close up photo of a portion of the quilt so you can see the intricate stitching that really makes this quilt amazing.  All the details are there and it is awesome!

20150712_132132I highly recommend this little piece of Iowa if you are traveling through or anywhere close.  Eldon is just south of Ottumwa.

And before you leave, don’t forget to have your own photo taken in front of the house.  The visitor center has costumes in all sizes for you to use and then they pose you in “the special spot” and will take your picture for you with your own camera.  Just make sure you bring a willing friend!

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1930’s Farmer’s Wife blocks

I’m back after a week with my husband riding our bicycles on the Katy Trail across Missouri.  I had a lot of time to think while biking the 225 mile trail and I think there’s a Katy Trail quilt in my future!  It’s such a beautiful trail and it really shows off the beauty of my home state.  It passes through farm fields and follows along the path of the Missouri River as it winds it’s way across the state.  Most of the trail has a nice covering of trees so it feels like you’re biking down a shady lane.

Katy TrailSo that’s what I’m working on in my head but in the meantime, I’m back at work on these Farmer’s Wife blocks.  I’m hoping to do around 5 a week so I did the math and it should take me about 5 months to finish enough for a queen-size quilt.  Here’s what I’ve done so far:

1930's Farmer's wife blocksI just keep pulling more fabrics out of my stash so I’m jumping around in the book to use fabrics that I have.   It’s good to mix up some easier blocks with the harder ones.  These blocks are actually a great summer project because each one goes together so quickly.  I spend a lot of time during these warm months on yard work or just doing fun things outside but I can manage an hour making a block here or there.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress!