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Sunday, September 30, 2012

DWM: housing project

The Liberated Quilters are having a house block swap. The instructions said "any size," and mine are all different.   I needed to work on them this weekend because I'll be out of town October 6-15, and they are due October 15.  My blocks aren't as wonky as Tonya's (because I just now found that tutorial link) but they are my first effort.  I sliced and stitched and it didn't take long to get the hang of it.  The swap is for 10 blocks and that's how much background fabric I had.  BTW, that background print had a selvedge date of 2000.  I don't know if it's good, bad, or just embarrassing to know long a piece of fabric has been around.

 Two weeks ago when I posted a photo of the Cake Stand flimsy I said I hadn't decided about a border.  Here's what I came up with. It took longer than I thought it would to make all the HSTs. I discovered that I needed an inner border to make the HSTs fit--note the additional pair of HSTs in the upper right and lower left corners.  I would have finished it a half hour sooner had I not realized that the left border was on the wrong way--after all four HST borders were sewn on.  (All the dark triangles are on the outside.) The HST borders have so many seam lines that I added the outer border for stability. This is about 70 x 70 and used 4-5/8 yds of fabric.

See what other quiltmakers have on their design walls at the beginning of October at Judy's Patchwork Times!

9 comments:

  1. Love the little houses and what you've done with the cake stand flimsey. Great job :)

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  2. Wow, love what you did with the border, just stunning. But man, that's a whole lot o' hsts! Beautiful

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  3. Adorable houses and the cake is lovely!

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  4. love your swap houses. I don't think I want to know how long I have had some of my fabrics either

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  5. As you know I love those cake stands and polka dots and now the border. Way too cool! Thanks for sharing!
    The houses look terrific. Hey, I don't even blink about older fabric in my stash. I used a piece of 2000 fabric this week too. It felt great!

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  6. Lovely work..you are really good with the scrappy feel to your work.
    I have fabrics from 1980 that I still find and put into a scrappy quilt :0)...it's all just fun!

    Happy Sewing

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  7. HSTs up the wazoo! I can't imagine doing that on purpose. But it looks so great!

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  8. Your cake stand is lovely, but holey smokes that's a lot of stitching! So worth it :-)

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  9. I have you and probably some of your commenters beat. I'm pretty sure a couple of my fabrics are from the 70's. I think it just means we haven't had time to sew what we planned and now we don't remember what that was. LOL
    Love your little houses and the cake stand is really pretty.

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