During last week I was concentrating on my Coming Home quilt, it’s a BOM by Sarah Fielke and I was already a month behind, if I waited until after my holiday I would be nearly two months behind!
I’d made three house blocks for each side during the previous month. This time we had four more houses (sixteen!)and all the roofs (32!!) and the sky to stitch. On the whole the houses were fairly quick to do, being simple blocks, there was one pieced block with little half square triangles. The roofs were all paper pieced and once they were stitched on the rest of the sky could be added.
I bought three lengths of fabric for this border!! I was originally going to use a green colourway of the tree fabric which is by the stars, when I was originally planning it I was thinking of a row of houses in front of a wooded hill. As soon as I saw all the paper piecing I knew it wasn’t going to work, or if it did it would be very wasteful of fabric. I was in Fabbadashery for a workshop last weekend and I saw some lightish green fabric with little white dots on, it looked a similar shade to the green tree fabric. I was slightly put off when the assistant said it was glow in the dark fabric, then I thought, actually it would look like twinkly stars, so I bought some. There was still a niggle in my mind so I also bought some Lewis and Irene Bumbleberry fabric in a soft grey/green.
When I got home the twinkling fabric just looked too bright, so I used the bumbleberry one instead. I’m pretty happy with it so far.
Having completed last months stitching I went straight on to this month. I stitched the corner blocks which have a curved seam in the fabric for the next border. Sarah’s instructions made this come out pretty well – I’ve always avoided curved seams before!
My next task is lots and lots of applique, suns, moons, lots of stars (in the twinkling fabric which doesn’t look bright at all now!!) birds, kites and clouds, together with the doors and windows. They are meant to all have arched doors and square windows, but I’ve always wanted a house with an arched window, so now I’ve got four!
I’ve cut them all out and I’m taking it on holiday with me to stitch in the evenings. The only one I’ll probably change is the moon as it’s just too pale to stand out, so that one can wait until I return. Some of these are pretty fiddly, so we’ll just have to see how they turn out, so long as it’s recognisable! Hopefully as you read this I’m cracking on nicely with my stitching.