Monday, January 16, 2012

Little Pink Houses

I finally accumulated enough pink fabrics (4 - I have boys) to make a Little Pink Houses quilt (the first concert my husband and I saw was John Mellencamp back in the late 80's). It is 16" square.

I designed it with EQ7. The blocks (this is the School House block) are 4" and I knew they would have to be paper pieced (foundation pieced). This is the EQ print out for it (I had moved the pieces around before printing, but they printed back in their original layout, something else to figure out on EQ!).  I traced the templates onto vellum paper.

I knew that I didn't want to have to remove any paper from the back (after the string quilt), so I tried a "new to me" technique of paper piecing that my Mom showed me.
You don't sew on the paper, but fold it back before sewing,

and stitch beside it (I glued the first piece down with a bit of glue stick glue, and then added a bit more after adding a couple more pieces of fabric).

When the section is all finished you take off the lightly glued paper and you can reuse the pattern.

I have always avoided paper piecing, but with this new method I am definitely going to be trying more. New York Beauty here I come!!

I made four blocks,

and added 1" (cut 1+1/2") sashing.

Dreaded "Y" seams,

and mitred borders, more things I usually avoid.

Little quilts mean little stitches - micro stippling and mini serpentine feather border. I used Invisafil 100WT thread.

I also used wool batting because I wanted the houses to pop out. I did stitch-in-the-ditch around all the houses and border before free motion quilting.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
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