I’ve spent the day adding borders to this quilt and getting it finished. Borders wipe me out but I’m so glad to have it done!
This is the quilt I started in between working on Frolic clues back in January. It’s called “Home Made” and it’s from the February 2020 American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Monique Jacobs is the designer.
I want to gift this quilt to some German friends so it’s priority #1 right now to get it finished.
You might remember that I changed a few things from the original pattern. In the magazine, the houses are going all different directions but I liked them all going the same way. I had to change a few of the fabric colors because I couldn’t find just the right striped fabric for the sashing. I think the stripe doesn’t really add that much and I could’ve left it out. I decided to change the border around the houses too and ultimately decided to add a small dark border to frame the houses.
I thought I was being so smart and sewing the 2 small inner borders together first before adding them to the houses. I quickly realized that unless I wanted to miter the corners, it wasn’t going to work. My other options were to add cornerstones or rip apart the sewn borders. I opted for cornerstones.
I played around with different cornerstones and went with half square triangles.
I made one tiny churn dash block since I thought that might look cute.
It just looked too busy on the quilt but I think it’ll be great as a label on the back.
This was an easy and fun quilt to make. Sometimes you need easy!
I’ve ordered some flannel fabric with little houses on it for the back and am debating whether to have this quilted with the long arm machine or to hand quilt it with a “big stitch”. It measures 76 inches square. I would love to hand quilt it but I’m not sure if I’ll have the time. Either way, I really hope that this will be a soft and cozy quilt that our friends will love.
While I was making this, I fell in love with the churn dash blocks that were the corners for the outer border.
They were really fun to make and I got to thinking about all my left-over Frolic pieces.
I was puzzling about what I could do with all these flying geese pieces but then I got churn dash fever.
These are made with some of the left-over half square triangles!
Then I had to quit playing around and get back to work on the House quilt but there’s got to be an interesting quilt with all these left-overs in my future!