Houses Galore

For several years, I’ve collected patterns for wall hangings featuring houses. This is the year I’m going to make at least one.

Winter Village – Laundry Basket Quilts
My Kinda Town – Fiberworks

I’ve decided to begin with the Winter Village. I can only use three rows of houses in order to keep it small enough for my wall, but this has enabled me to pick and choose among the houses offered in the pattern.

I’ve chosen an assortment of gray-toned blues for the houses and a tan for the background. The branches and birds will be appliqued on.

I’ve had a great time building the house. Here are a few including a townhouse group. The Laundry Basket Quilts’ instructions have been easy to follow.

As I completed houses, I pinned them to my temporary design board. Ignore the pandas that are peeking through since my panda wallhanging is substituting as a design board at the moment.

I then connected them into three rows and this is where it stands at this moment. The middle row turned out to be a little short, so as you can see, I added a shed to the side of the tall house on the far left.

Next I will add sashing between the rows and a small border of the same tan fabric so the houses are floating.

Below is the fabrics I will use for my branches and for the birds, although I might decide to use a variety of fabrics for the birds. I’m not doing the snowflakes. I’ve seen enough snow already this winter.

I think I will use the branch fabric for the binding as well. That would give it a nice outline. The quilting is a still up in the air. I usually farm out my quilting to a long arm quilter who does only pantograms. This quilt should probably be custom quilted, but that decision is for another day.

I think I’ve had more fun with this quilt than any others. Well, that might not be entirely true since as I write those words I immediately think of the many other times I’ve said the same thing!

I’ll send along a picture of the completed wall hanging.

Also, I’d like to welcome all my new followers. In the past, I have sent out welcome letters, but with the holidays and the release of the final four books of my ten-book series, I ran out of time.

That brings us to my closing note. All ten books are now on Amazon (print and ebook), on C&T Publication’s site, and in bookstores and quilt shops around the country. I’ve also seen them on various websites and in quilt shop catalogs. This is a very exciting time for me! Who would ever expect a new career at 80?

Have a wonderful new year, my friends, and please keep in touch. You can leave comments below, or send an email to QuiltingCozy@gmail.com where you can also attach pictures of what you’re working on if you’d like. My very best wishes, Carol

Carol Dean Jones
Author of A Quilting Cozy series,
Retired geriatric social worker,
Quilter, and Grandmother
About Carol Dean Jones, Author, Quilting Cozy serieshttp://caroldeanjones.comI am a retired geriatric social worker, avid quilter, and author of A Quilting Cozy series including: Tied Died, Running Stitches, Sea Bound, Patchwork Connections, and six others.

7 thoughts on “Houses Galore

  1. I know how talented my sister is – and if anyone can build a house (or houses!) it’s YOU! This will be a wonderful wall hanging in your house…..I can already picture it there

    Love, Pam

  2. The houses are truly beautiful and will turn into another wonderful wall hanging. You are an amazing friend and I am grateful that you took the time 11 years ago to help me learn how to quilt. Cannot wait to see “your houses” completed and up on your wall.

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