Monday, April 7, 2014

Neighbourhoods in the Making

Seems like it is all about neighbourhoods in my sewing corner. Last year I started a quilt designed by Kathy Schmitz called A CottageYear. It's a great name for this quilt, since each block's embroidered cottage features a different month and it seems to have taken me a year to make it! The quilt top is now a finish and it is off to the LAQ.

The weather didn't cooperate at all for taking pictures outside last week...snow, snow, and more snow. I am afraid to say it aloud,but the snow seems to be melting today, thank goodness. 

Shopper/Quilter Mary gifted me with a wonderful ladder at Christmas for displaying my quilty projects, so I put it in use for an indoor pic of A Cottage Year.

This quilt was one of those quilts that was a joy to make from start to finish. I loved each and every stitchery. In fact, each one brings back fond memories of travelling West for our daughter's wedding last summer...a perfect take-along project to work on while sitting on their front deck enjoying our flavored coffees and the sunrise over their new neighbourhood.

So back to the present. This is how the quilt came together this week. I started by framing my centre blocks with the black and tan leaf print in the Little Gatherings line that I had in my stash.

I chose my reds and creams also from my stash, starting with this group, adding and deleting as I went along.

Then I cut the strips for the log cabin blocks. In fact, I cut some extra so I could audition a few, deciding to use the reds that read like solids, and the cream prints that were more cream than red.

I love making log cabin blocks...there is nothing easier, so they came together very quickly.

And I love cornerstones and sashing...

There is nothing better than seeing the quilt grow...

It will be a delight to see the finished quilt when it is returned to me, all quilted and cozy from the longarmer.

In other neighbourhood news,  my Country Homecomings has grown as well since since I first posted about my start HERE. As of today the twelve homespun houses have been connected, windows and doors machine appliqued, and the borders attached.

Although I had originally purchased a homespun for the borders, I decided to use a cozy flannel instead that was in my stash. The flannel reads more like a solid and I think it will let the applique shine, and of course, make the quilt more cuddly. I have combined the use of homespuns, flannels, and regular quilter's cotton in the past and have never been disappointed!  

The appliqued border will be made up of vines, stars and berries. I chose another cuddly flannel for the gold checked stars, used my Steam a Seam, and cut them out ready to go using my Star die for my Go! Baby cutter. The vine fabric is ready to cut into strips and I'll use a bias tape maker to make the vines. 

The berries will be cut using a variety of red homespuns. I have an Olfa Rotary circle cutter that does an awesome job so I'll use that to cut the berries, and again will adhere the fabric first to the fusible web so the berries will be ready to press in place and machine embroider.

I'm a little long winded today...just catching up after a week suffering with a cold that knows no end. I have been down for the count and am finally seeing the other side. The good news is that I have had no arm issues this week, probably because my arm hasn't been busy sewing, quilting, or computering! I did find out that my wrist issue is actually related to the onset of arthritis. Why do I feel too young to be this old? 

I'll be taking a break from computers and blogland for awhile. Lots of resting, relaxing, and family time planned. See you later in May...and the snow better be gone by then!

Thanks for coming by. It's always a great day for quilting...