Mini House Fail. Yep. That center certainly is puckery, demonstrating clear signs of the Training Bra Effect.
Something, somehow was just not right. So back to the QuiltPro software I went, redesigning seams and adjusting tweaking. Yes, I was a veritable Gepetto in my digital workshop, firm in my resolve to keep to the original Rolling Star Block with its Lemoyne Star (or 8-pointed star) center, as I liked the way it interacted with the “bushes” in my little village.
It feels like I’ve been sewing on this for ages. . .
(photo courtesy of The Quilt Loft, a local fabric shop)
But, armed with new templates, I persevered.
As you know, I cut six different combos for the center before I was finally happy. If the center fabric was too busy. . . fail. If the center was too washed out. . . fail. The yellow and the pink below are really strong colors, but the visual texture is “flat.”
Everything seamed and pressed. It’s really sort of a giant 9-patch quilt.
To quilt a small quilt, I use straight pins to baste, sinking the point into the batting. First stabilize the quilt by sewing the strong verticals and horizontals (think: nine-patch), then sew around the rest of the straight line pieces, using a walking foot and fine thread. (I use Bottom Line by Superior Threads for this work as the thread is nice and fine and disappears.)
I stitched in clapboard on the houses, horizontal on the flatter houses and vertical on the squares, but broke out into curvilinear on the dotty houses. I swirled in a bush, did a curvilinear on the front porches and the yellow points of the Lemoyne Star, then outlined and stitched in the sky in a random fluffy cloud effect. A strong binding finished it off.
Here’s the book I was listening to while working. While I usually never recommend a book until I finish it, so far this has been a lovely and quirky, a perfect summer read.
I had some great little house fabric for the back. This is for the Home Sweet Home Mini Swap and it’s okay to post photos of the quilt. The surprises come in not revealing what extras you tuck into the box for your partner.
I cut giant 6″ squares, folded them in half diagonally, then attached them in to the corners for easy hanging with a dowel cut to size.
This is quilt # 147 on my 200 Quilts List and is 18″ square. I haven’t shown you the label or the name as I’m keeping that a surprise, too. I’ll update the post later, after I mail it off in early September.
The name for my quilt is above, titled in the anxious week before my surgery. I still feel this way about my home!
Note: For an excellent video with tips for the traditional construction of the Lemoyne Star, head *here.*