Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Local

Hello world.  Today, I’m so happy to post my Local quilt, designed by Carolyn Friedlander.  I’m really excited about it.  I used some of her fabrics from the Architextures line as well as some from my stash.  I like the quilt without the border, so I left it off.


Some notes about the pattern and construction.

I loved the pattern, it was easy to read and understand.  The houses are paper pieced, which means a lot of pieces to consider, but Carolyn does a great job of numbering the order.  The house in the first row, far right, (the black and pink house), that one ended up about an inch wider than the rest of the house in the row and I had to trim it down.  I was worried about trimming, in general, because it seemed anytime you do, you have to modify the rest of the steps to get the quilt pieces to fit.  But I didn’t have too with this one.  The sashing and borders fit just fine and to her exact measurements.  I’m not sure what happened.  Perhaps, I missed something in the directions.

The palm trees.  Be careful of those palm trees. Bias galore.  Try your best not to stretch the palms.  It can be easy to do, but if you pin before you sew, you’ll be set up for success.

Since I used directional fabrics, I wanted the fabric pattern to line up.  Meaning , some houses have angles to them and I cut a bigger piece to make sure my fabric pattern lined up.  Plus, if your direction fabric has a distinct pattern to it and you want it to match for all sections of the house, then it’ll take some time, but is doable.  

Other than those notes, I’m happy with the results. 

Till next time, keep on creating.


Saturday, April 12, 2014


Welcome to my quilting and sewing blog.  I'm so excited to begin this new adventure with all of you.  My goal is to inspire you to create things by sharing my project progress.  I've been contemplating this blog endeavor for a couple of years now, and finally, I’m in a situation in my life where I can commit some time to it. 

As I get started on this new adventure, I hope my project list will have you come back.


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