Saturday, October 31, 2015
This is just a quick post to show what I've finished so far on my Freedom Lane. I forgot to bring grey fabric with me visiting family so the graveyard will have to come when I get home. I'll finish it and get a better pic and post again. Thanks so much Deana! Happy Halloween!
Friday, October 30, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
The pieced block in this row is really pleasing and easy to sew. I re-sized the watering can (it's watering can #3) to about 75% of the original pattern. Still need to determine whether I want to use black buttonhole stitching along the applique edges, or to use clear thread to sew the watering can. I don't always have good luck with clear thread, so we'll see.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
And now I can put all my scraps in my 8 new sorted bins and put them away for a while. I'll tackle all the detail stitching on this in January. :)
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
I have been exceptionally busy this month with commitments for a church bazaar happening this weekend and responsibilities for the quilt club. I don't expect to get the remained of the row done this month.
I have been enjoying seeing what you all are doing with this row -- such creativity!! Love it.
Kat in Indiana
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
It's all fused (except the flag, which will get hand-appliqued during evening TV time).
Oh, I did change it from a pieced row to a fusible applique row since the personalized row for Scott above it is all fusible applique.
First I cut out some newsprint to the finished row size. Then I painstakingly drew out Deanne's design. I made some minor adjustments: First, I wanted to put in some horses that were on one of my scrap fabrics, so I took out the cute cemetery and shifted things a bit to leave a hillside for them on the house end. I think I added in the tire swing? and the bench? but maybe they were already in the pattern? Also, when I saw Ann's finished row, I thought, "how cool - she added a street in there, too." When I was drawing out the row, though, I figured out that it was just her flooring at the bottom of the row photo. lol :) But I did add a street in, because I really wanted to use some cobblestone fabric in my FQ stash.
When I had my drawing finished in pencil, I went back over it with a Sharpie, purposefully getting a bleed-through to the back side. That provided me with the reverso pattern to trace for the fusible pieces.
Then I created this astonishing explosion when I emptied out my scraps bin, pulled out three left-overs boxed from McKenna Ryan projects, and brought out any potentials from my FQs and yardages stash.
Did I say I love this row? Frustrating to work in this mess, but so much fun to see it pull together.
I had this terrific stone-looking fabric for the church, with a subtly-sparkly gold for the roof. The windows are supposed to channel a stained glass look, but, well - - - I think they're cool, anyway.
The flag came from some Marine Corps scraps, and is the absolute perfect scale for this scene! Also found a fantastic metallic copper print for the schoolhouse bell.
The house was fun. The fabric in the windows - at the time, I thought it was a great interest point for some funky curtains or something. Now, I think it's a little busy. But it's still fun, too.
The horses: most excellent success.
I should have waited to prep my trees and bushes until after I'd settled on my hill fabrics. There's not good contrast with some of the bushes in particular (although it's a little better in real life than these photos). Also, before I added the cobblestone street along the bottom, I decided I liked it better without that element after all. But I had already fused everything else to the background, and things were sitting too high to not have the road. So I put it in. Still, all in all I'm super happy with how this played out when I'd finished the fusing.
All this row needs is the stitching. . . or maybe I'll just do it during the quilting stage.
Thanks for all your work in sharing this QAL with us, Deanne! With the personalizing I've done so far, I'm appreciative of your time and effort. And I'm so looking forward to the next parts being done straight from the pattern again!!! lol
Saturday, October 17, 2015
For this month, I picked the school block because I wanted to use some fun fabric and that seemed to be the perfect block to use them up!
Very fun and easy block,
I am looking forward to next month patterns!
Friday, October 16, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015
I still have to find some patches for the flags that I will sew on to the two flag poles.
This has inspired me to do an all houses quilt that I have been putting off.
My absolute favorite row so far. I can see the quilt coming together.