7.1.10

little house on the patchwork

Lately, I've been greatly inspired by the adorable "It Takes a Village" type quilts with sweet little trees and houses that are all over Flickr, like Amanda's Scandinavian-influenced beauty here and this amazing quilt and these adorable houses by krom mama and this supercute house by Rashida/i heart linen. I could go on and on - there are that many beautiful little house quilts being made. I adore them and have been meaning to join in and make one for the longest time.

Well, I'm finally making the time to do it. I'm not using any particular pattern. I'm just winging it, making it all up as I go along. I do believe I need a refresher on how to properly sew triangles, though. Some of mine are a little sloppy, and my trees entailed a lot of pruning to get them just right. The end result is far from perfect, but I am enjoying the process immensely. I have missed sewing something other than softies. I've missed collaging with fabric. I feel so free making these blocks, using tons of teeny scraps as I would crayons and pencils.

The blocks are 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches each. So far I have 2 down and 2 more on the way. I am hoping to make this 4 across and 6 deep, so finished it would measure 4 x 6 feet. Does that sound like it's about the right size for a crib quilt?

6 comments:

Bertha said...

Yes, that's the perfect size for a crib quilt! I also can't believe you're just winging it! You are so amazingly talented! I'd need step by step instructions to make something like this and it still wouldn't come out half as good! :)

Jennifer said...

Maritza they are so fantastic! It is just crazy that they ars THAT good and you are winging it! I love your little houses and trees. Swoon worthy!

Kristin said...

Ack, I love the trees! I just made a quilt using squares like this for my parents: http://www.flickr.com/photos/90635988@N00/sets/72157623105431786/

I used the tutorial here: http://quiltville.com/tonya/houses.shtml/

It helped explain the triangly bits.

maritza said...

Kristin -

Thank you so much for the link to the tutorial. That helps a lot! :)

-M

grumperina said...

Wheee!!! Free-form sewing! It looks amazing so far!

Within A Quarter Inch said...

I. Love. This.

Most. Excellent.