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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

More Houses and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, y'all!  I've been sewing more houses this week, and even remade my current house.  It was the very first house I sewed, and there were just too many little "issues" with it that would bug me as time went on.  Plus, as I went along in the process, I started making the houses a little bigger.  It just didn't seem right for our current house to be so puny in comparison.  So, here's the new and improved version!

I decided to go ahead and make all twelve windows across the front of the house (it's one of the architectural features I love the most), and also changed the color scheme (we have a plan for new windows and paint soon).  Even with all of the little tricks I learned as I sewed more and more houses, that double gable was still really tough!  With all of those windows across the front, this one is now the biggest of all, which is guess is fitting since it's our current home.  

I also sewed my grandparents' house...

as well as our family's lake house.  The real version has cedar shakes and a corrugated tin roof, and I had fun using these prints to mimic that a little bit.  

My sister's house has an interesting combination of siding and brick and was fun to sew-

And finally. my parents' house, which was by far the most difficult because of all the trim work.  I couldn't figure out how to make the spindles on the upper balcony with the windows and door behind them, so I just left them off and just added the top and bottom railing instead.  I don't think the block really misses them either.  And I left off the garage (which would be to the right) because the block was just getting too wide.

Originally, I had plans to make about twelve houses, but I have been laying them out on my design wall as they are finished and I can see that nine really is plenty.

By the way, props to my husband who helped me get my new design wall up.  In my last house, my studio was in my dining room, which had a chair rail on the wall that stuck out quite a bit.  So my design wall there was only one sheet of foam board and was never big enough.  Since this room doesn't have that obstruction, my design wall can now go from floor to ceiling.  Hooray!

I'm pondering the layout for these blocks, as well as the background fabric and then I will start to fit them together.  They are all irregular sizes and no two are exactly the same size, so that should be interesting!  

Without further ado, let's take a look at a few highlights from last week's party.  Look at this stunner by Rebecca Grace Quilting-

Nanette at A Passionate Quilter From Texas shared these beautiful applique blocks-

These sweet granny squares are by Gretchen's Little Corner-

I'm loving this HRT quilt by Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework-

And finally, Jayne at Twiggy and Opal linked up this striking table runner-

Wow, friends!  Y'all sure know how to bring the eye-candy!  I can't wait to see what awesomeness you have going on this week.  Bring it!

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  1. The nine blocks look great together, and I'm glad you took the time to remake your current house. Much better than looking at it and wish you had done it later!

  2. Your house blocks are incredible, Kelly!! Thanks for sharing those other awesome quilts, too.

  3. Your houses looked great seeing them one at a time, but when you put them on your design wall...this is going to be an amazing quilt! What a wonderful way to bring family and quilting together!

  4. What amazing houses. Your details are just outstanding. And so many of them! You ROCK!

  5. I love to study your houses. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  6. Your house blocks are awesome! Are you paperpiecing them or sort of improving them? They are amazing.
    Kathleen -- kakingsbury at verizon dot net

  7. Love the houses. Any special trees? White house, green shutters, could use a tree to make the block the same size as the yellow house, add small greenery to each side of the melon house with the stripe roof to add width to that? This is going to be such a perfect legacy to pass on. Love watching it grow! Thanks

  8. I love all the houses together. How fun!

  9. Your houses have blown me away since I saw the first ones last week! Incredible, talented work!

  10. I love love love all of your houses! Do you want to give us a little “how to” explainable tutorial on how to make a”house” block of our own house. I’m thinking maybe a photo printed and cut up for a pattern reference?

  11. Thank you Kelly for showing my A Bountiful Life blocks - maybe it will get me motivated today to select the fabrics for the last 6 blocks that will make it a 16 block civil war quilt. It is appreciated. Hugs and your house are so cute, kudos to you as I could not make houses like that - I drove myself nuts doing one about 10 years ago that had to be "perfect". Decided Houses were not my thing! LOL

  12. Your houses all look so great. Thanks for featuring my quilt from last week. I always enjoy seeing what everyone is up to!

  13. Those houses are so much fun. Are there more houses to come? And have fun laying out and filling in the space to make these into a quilt. Anybody have a pasture? I could see a one behind or beside a quilt. Or roads or walkways. Maybe a forest. Did I mention I'm a pretty concrete person when designing? ;-)


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