Sunday, March 13, 2011

Love Shack

This has been on my mind for quite some time, but with the Red & White show coming up and all the red & white love going around blogland, I just had to succumb to the calling to make a house block. I know, I'm not starting any new projects, I've got enough UFO's and WIP's and I'm NOT going to start any new projects! Ya right. I started this Tuesday after work and got it finished before my evening walk on Thursday. I just HAD to get this out of me, I guess some itches just need to be scratched!
I couldn't stop with one block so I made a whole sub division. Every project needs to provide some lessons and I learned this, figure out how much fabric you are going to need before you cut up everything. I'm so used to working on scrappy projects, I just decided I had enough red for all the blocks.
This is what was left when I was finished cutting all the parts. I even had to piece one of the 5" strips to finish the last house. These are 12" finished blocks with 2 1/2" sashing. It measured 44 1/2" and the white fabric I was using was 44 1/2" wide after I cut off the selvage. It was all meant to be. The top is now finished, the backing is made and I just need to decide on the binding. I've got a couple of choices so both pieces have been set aside. This will get hand quilted so it's now hanging in the line up.
Taryn over at Repro Quilt Lover is doing a virtual Red & White show, click on over there for a peek at some amazing quilts, this is one I'm sending over to her.
I was a little burnt out after this week of steady piecing and I had company this weekend. My gal pal Muriel came over Sat and instead of heading to the sewing room or the quilt stores, we hit the mall. Talk about stimulating the economy. I guess I do need a few new things, I'm going to NYC and I don't think my jeans and boots that I wear to work at a trucking company will work for Time Square or the Folk Art Museum :-)
We've finished dinner, the dog and cat have been fed and walked, M has packed up and headed home, and I'm going to set on the couch and do a little hand quilting this evening. I'm focused on finishing my Baptist Fan project, it's grey and rainy outside, and I've done enough walking for the weekend.
Hope you got to scratch your itch to stitch this weekend.
Sharon

9 comments:

liz said...

I'm so pleased that you scratched yours. The house block is such a fiddly one, but it is glorious to look at. I hope this gets hand quilted!

Lori said...

It is perfect!! I've piecved tiny bits together to make a large enough piece. I'm more of a scrappy girl too.

I hope you'll be lookin' spiffy!! I did my share of stimulating the economy a couple of weeks ago getting prepped for NYC.

Brandie said...

I have been collecting reds to do this same block. I love it! But like you, I shouldn't be starting anything new. I really want to though...

Karen said...

Who doesn't love a red & white house quilt!

Ann Champion said...

I love your house quilt! You sure got it together fast. It seems like the fabric was just the right amount for this one..it was meant to be?
I hope you got some goodies for your NY trip?

I LOVE how your pillows turned out from your last post and the blocks are a lovely addition to ones you've made before. I like the idea of "whenever project".

Sharon said...

Your red & white schoolhouses are so classic - beautiful job! Those blocks can be a bear to do, and yours look great. You sure got that done fast! I think that would look so cute with a great red & white print for the binding.

Your red log cabin star is just LUSCIOUS! Makes me want to go do one too! I'm resisting...

Taryn said...

How long did it take you to complete those house blocks? Two days?!? It takes me a day to do one. I knew I was slow but, gosh, I am very slow. They look great - no one can resist red and white houses. The reds in the star quilt really work together. Just beautiful!! Thanks for sharing it.

Valentina said...

Love your schoolhouse quilt: congratulations! Well done! I am so happy you scratch your itch--so inspiring...
I hope you have a wonderful time in New York!
:)

Kathie said...

love your schoolhouse block and quilt
on my list!!!!
thanks for sharing
Kathie