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!

20 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very nicely done.

Wendy said...

Fantastic! You've been busy. I love that song! You should send a copy of the pic to his website.

I'm home Wednesday, btw.

Lesley said...

This is a beauty! Your method of paper piecing is one I must try. Thanks for sharing this little quilt.

YankeeQuilter said...

The things ya learn in blogs! Never seen that pseudo-paperpiecing technique!

Quilt Hollow said...

I really like these houses and the size! I seriously need to speed more time with EQ7 considering I've been on the hunt for a small paper pieced house!

Raewyn said...

Love it Joanne! I have heard of that method of FPP but never tried it--might be ideal for my scrappy houses - they are about the same size as yours so it obviously works!...look forward to your New York Beauty!

Needled Mom said...

What a beautiful little piece!! I like the idea of folding those papers. It is nice to be able to reuse the patterns too.

Sheila said...

Love the little houses, perhaps I will give this method a try with the houses , I hate PP ,especially removing the paper so this would at least eliminate that step.Thanks ,

Rosa said...

Lovely little houses.

Linda said...

Love your houses and love the technique.

Julia said...

Gorgeous little houses..I don't like removing the paper in PP either, get idea how you have done it..must try it one day
Julia ♥

Donna said...

That looks wonderful! I need to try that method of paper piecing.

Jeanne said...

Love your little houses quilt!

Frances Leate said...

Love your little house quilt and thank you for sharing this method for pp. Take care.

Me and My Stitches said...

Such cute little pink houses!

Carolina said...

Es precioso!!! me encantan las casas y este quilt es muy bonito...

Saludos, Carolina.

Joan said...

Lovely tutorial Joanne, and those housess are fantastic. Really a great quilt!

Marga (MarPie) said...

Love the little quilt and thank you for showing this new methode to do paper piecing. I am definitely coing to try it.

radio controlled helicopters said...

Wow,It look really different.I really inspire with this pink little house.

Quilting Queen said...

Really nice...it's something I've always wanted to do...school house block...and seeing it in miniature inspires me to get it done. Love the pink...