Mi Casa

This past July, two of my friends and I headed for La Grange for our own quilting retreat. Each one of us was making our own Village quilt pattern by Jumble. One of my friends had seen an adaptation of this quilt where a character fabric was sewn into the doorway. My friends and I had prepared for the trip by cutting from our fabric stashes. At the retreat, we pooled all of these fabric pieces. What fun we had just choosing from the different piles. I left the retreat with a few houses already pieced and plans to complete it at home. The piecing for this quilt was intense, and it just wasn’t that much fun doing it all alone. I kept setting the project aside. With encouragement from my blogging friends, I continued the project. I’m happy to say it is now quilted. I picked it up from my quilter yesterday and started binding it last night.
This quilt is such a  happy, fun quilt. The scrappiness adds so much color and design. The characters in the doorway are inviting you in. I decided to name this quilt, Mi Casa es Tu Casa.
One of the rows include characters from my sister Emma’s  children’s books.  I think this will be a fun quilt to use as for reading and story telling activities with children. I plan to try it out soon.
I pieced a house block to use as the label.
Recently, I was thinking of discarding my overflowing bins of scraps. Again, thanks to my blogging friends, and my sister, I rethought the situation. I hope to organize the scraps and make more scrappy quilts.

Pig in a Wig, Rat, and Bunny are three of the characters in my sister’s books.
I chose a swirly heart design for the quilting.
My label.

Village Quilt

In July, two of my friends and I had our own quilting retreat in La Grange, Texas. We each worked on the same Village quilt pattern, by Jumble. The house block took seven pieces to build. This was fun, when I was working with my friends. But it got tiresome when I was working on this at home. I almost gave up on this pattern, but many of you encouraged me to go on. I had all the houses completed, and the sashing cut, but then I got busy with other projects and family fun stuff. Yesterday, I pulled out the box of houses and managed to piece four rows. It made me smile as I saw it hanging on the design wall. I finished the piecing today. Scrappy quilts are becoming my favorite type of quilt. A lot of the scraps are from my stash, but I also shared scraps with my friends. It was fun to add the different colors and designs that my friends had in their stash. My friend, Diane, helped to change the pattern to a 55″ X 63″ quilt.
The pattern shows a white border and a thin colored binding. I do not know what I want to add as a border. I know the white lets the different colors of the house pop out, but I was thinking of a black and white small polka dot…maybe. I’ll let it hang on the design wall and try different things out.

House Quilt

In July, two of my friends and I had our own quilt retreat in Fayetteville, Texas. We were each making the Village quilt, from Jumble. What were we thinking? This is a labor intensive quilt.
I managed to make a few when we were together in July. Since then, I have only opened the box to cut more houses and roofs. Today, I managed to make some more houses. I now have 70 houses…ONLY 30 more to go.
In order to see an end in sight, I placed some of my finished blocks onto my design wall. They are not arranged in any particular order at this time. It made me feel a little better to see that I was actually getting somewhere with this quilt. In fact, it actually made me happy. My two friends will be working on their house quilt when they go to a quilting retreat this week. I opted out of the retreat since I had already had plans for something else on these dates. They will probably finish theirs while at the retreat.
My plan is to make the thirty house all at one time. Then, I will make the 30 roofs. Followed by attaching the roofs to the houses.
I still have to cut the sashing and borders, but I will do that when the houses are completed.

Since I had all the materials needed for making the fabric dolls for Flat Grammy, I decided to make the fabric dolls for the Meemaws. I had already made Flat Kaye, and the other two Meemaws wanted their own fabric flat doll.
Flat Kaye…based on the Flat Stanley Project. Flat Grammy

Now, the Flat Meemaws are ready to travel.

Super Hero Avenue

As I was pulling fabrics to donate, I found a remnant of a super hero fabric that I had used to make pillow cases. They characters were the perfect size for fussy cutting and using in the Village quilt that I am making.

The Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild has a Storybooks and Quilts to Go program. I have the number of the contact person, because I may be interested in participating. The kits have quilt themed story books.
Or, I might just do something on my own. When my granddaughter was in kindergarten, I went to be a guest reader in her class. I read Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. Bear and his friends all sat on a quilt for story time. As part of the after reading activity I planned, each student made a paper block to build a classroom quilt.
I am thinking of making my own story-quilt kit for the Village quilt. I have friends who are still teaching, and it would be fun to write some lesson plans for them to use after I read the story. It would not be a quilt themed story, but I think the children would enjoy sitting on the quilt to hear the story. Then they could spend time looking and talking about the characters who live in each house.There are quite a few books on homes, community, and maps and it would be easy to create lesson plans based on these books.
I will have to finish this quilt before I even think of building a story kit. The idea is still on my Maybe List.

Tuesday

I spent some of my sewing time fussy cutting fabric for a quilt that I will be making this summer. Three, maybe four, of my friends and I are renting a B &B in La Grange, Texas sometime in July for our own quilt retreat. We are each making the same quilt, The Village, by Jumble patterns. I have been wanting to make a house quilt and we ran across this pattern. We are fussy cutting fabrics with characters to put in the doorway of the house.  We will be pooling our fabric stash for this project. So I started cutting the characters for the doorway this morning.
I also got to work on my gypsy wife quilt for bit. The filler blocks that I made today range from 4″ blocks to 8″ blocks. They are very basic blocks that were quick and easy to complete.
This 7″ flamingo block is my favorite.

The third block in this row has some Aunty Acid fabric that I got when I attended the spring shop hop.
Since I had fussy cut some characters for the house quilt, I decided to use three for the gypsy wife quilt. I don’t know if the character fabric I used in these filler blocks will look right in the quilt. I will redo them if they take away or just don’t look right.
I also made an Aunty Acid pillow cover for myself.