Well, this quilter couldn't look at these pieces of fabric anymore. This quilter wanted to build a homespun neighbourhood just like Paulette at Sweet P did last year with her friends. You can read all about the start of her homespun neighbourhood HERE and see her finished quilt HERE. I think you will agree, her finished quilt is drop dead gorgeous!
I watched Sweet P build her neighbourhood from afar and put this "Country Homecoming Quilt" on my ever growing "to do" list. The pattern is in the book, "Primitive Gatherings", the quilt designed by Terry Burkhart and Rozan Meacham.
The idea for my own neighbourhood gathered dust and the tote of homespuns remained unopened until new inspiration came along last week thanks to Nancie Ann Quilts. Nancie posted about her participation with another group of bloggers and quilters who had decided to start a new QAL to make this same "Country Homecoming" quilt. You can read all about this QAL at Kim's Big Quilting Adventures.
I was too late for the first linky party and may actually just work along at my own pace, but seeing all those wonderful country houses definitely got me into my sewing corner. It took a little organization before I could begin construction...
Ms. Sweet P herself answered my plea for help with the construction details, so I followed her suggestion of using freezer paper templates (several layers ironed together) and some starch to make the windows and doors. She sent me a link to an excellent tutorial on using this method here.
I decided to attach the applique by machine using a small blanket stitch. This did the trick and I now have two finished houses. The windows twisted a little on me as I appliqued them. Ms. Sweet P reminded me that the quilt is supposed to be primitive, so I will choose to be content with my slightly wonky windows. I'll wait until after the houses are sewn into the quilt before I add the stitching for the window panes.
I used lots of starch to prevent the houses from fraying while they wait for the neighbourhood to expand. I'm going to take my time with this quilt, a few blocks at a time. I'm in no rush to tackle that appliqued border!
Thank you Sweet P and Nancie Anne for your inspiration to begin construction!
It's a great day for quilting!