I made a belated housewarming present this week. I made a self-imposed deadline so I could get it done.
First I stuck a piece of muslin on a sheet of fusible applique without pressing it, and was able to print out the 8x10 photo of the house. I fused it to a background fabric for more stability. I really like that the car is there so it dates the picture to a particular time period - when she owned both the house and the car. I should probably embroider the purchase date somewhere in there to be even more specific.
I chose brown fabrics to match the house. Then I bordered it the printed picture with the dark brown. The light brown is a flange that has been basted to the piece. I think it adds a nice lightness to the dark browns.
I wanted use this border fabric, but I had only bought a quarter yards worth, because I had bought it for use on a different quilt, and it must not have been on sale. I didn't think I would be able to line up the pieces properly so the join wouldn't show and decided to add a skinny sashing to separate the joins.
Look at me, mitering the corners! Nothing like a deadline to force me to skip the nervous procrastinating and worrying steps. It actually worked out pretty easily.
I appliqued her name on the oval and attached it to the quilt.
Then sandwiched and birthed the quilt. Then I quilted it. I didn't want to overdo it on the house so I just straight stitched out some of the outlines of the house. There was a big open space on the yard and I didn't think I could quilt grass very well so I added a couple of kittens.
I added charms on the little sashing strips in the outer border and that worked out so wonderfully. They add a real elegance to the quilt.
I didn't poke out the corners all the way because I like the rounded corners look.
Did you notice that the finished quilt lays nice and flat without the puckers shown in my previous fun quilts?
Our house is a very fine house, with two cats in the yard . . .
I enjoyed making this quilt too. I had to be more careful with quality since it was a gift, but I enjoyed making all the decisions in designing this quilt, and am really happy with how it turned out.
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