Thursday, June 25, 2020

A challenge and more houses

I am doing a small challenge with a group of friends and I spent a lot of time trying to decide on my center.  I finally found a block I was attracted to from the book Autumn Bouquet by Sharon Keightley and went about working on it.

In cleaning out my sewing room in our California house, I came across a bundle of pinks and browns that I bought at Quilt Market many years ago and decided that was the perfect fabric!

I actually went into the local quilt store yesterday for the right color thread to do the applique and found that pink print which I've laid the block onto.  The pinks aren't bright but are kind of soft.  I also got to use a printed background I've had (I've been collecting them for a while).  I fussy cut the center of the flowers (which were from the print I used in last month's mini!).

I feel like this is the culmination of modern technology:  I paper pieced the flying geese;  I machine appliqued the stems, flowers and leaves.  I did use freezer paper for the applique pieces.  I don't think you can really tell that I used my machine to sew the pieces down.  Of course hand appliqué would look spectacular, but I'm too impatient busy to spend the time doing that.

I've also done more houses and it's almost looking like a neighborhood! I'm enjoying these blocks and like using brights!  I would like to add some trees too, if I can figure out how to make them the right size!  These are the Moda houses.

I had printed out the pattern for this fun block, looking like a propeller. I'm going to make mine all loud and fun!

More kayaking this week but I found a small tear in the bottom of my boat so I had to drop it off to be repaired.  It explained why I had water in the bottom of the boat! ;-)

Hope you are having a great week and staying safe.  We are still very happy staying in our cabin in Central Oregon;  our daughter came back up to stay and work from home here rather than in her small studio apartment in San Francisco so it's nice to have her with us!

It was this time last year that Claire and I were in Vermont for the quilt show with Wendy Reed and Barb Vedder.  We are all sad it's not happening this year but we're looking forward to being together again next year, if not before!


  1. I don't know what your challenge involves, but your block looks really good! And it sounds like it is a great display of your many talents, with all of the techniques involved.
    Very fun and colorful little houses.
    That last block definitely meets the "loud and fun" criteria! :)

  2. How wonderful that your daughter can join you in your cabin and work remotely. Those are fabulous pinks and browns and the applique is amazing center. Why not go with modern techniques. There's a time and place for lots of different methods. Glad your kayak didn't fill up with too much water 🚣‍♀️

  3. All of your projects are fantastic - all so different. Love the pinks and browns. It's a great design for the center. I think your machine applique looks great. The neighborhood is looking FUN. Yes... too bad about Vermont... so much canceled, it's just stunning.... the change.

  4. Love your projects--your colors in the applique are so pretty --very vintage despite your "modern" methods;))).
    We are staying at home here, too--only out for grocery runs in the early set aside senior hours...thank goodness for those!
    Stay safe hugs from afar julierose

  5. Lovely medallion! Sure didn't take you long to put it all together with all the modern techniques. It managed to keep its vintage flair. ♥ it. Fabulous fabric in the propellers. Looking forward to more of those. Enjoy! ;^)

  6. That block is so amazing and I admire your machine applique skill!! I adore those little houses. So sweet. WE all need a little "sweet home" reminder these days. Hope you get the kayak fixed before you need a wetsuit!

  7. Love the applique on your block! I just finished a quilt with the same block but my geese are flying a different direction and there's no applique. The little houses are looking cute!

  8. Your center looks great! how nice it has piecing and applique' .
    What will we do next?
    I loved your description of "loud and fun" that's how I like to live, ha ha
    Your houses look great, I'd like to live there.

  9. Beautiful work, Randy. I printed out that propeller, too. Did you paper piece it or make templates? So much fabric, so little energy ...