I've always liked quilts made with house blocks. It didn't matter if the quilt was made with just house blocks, or if those houses were mixed with something else, I don't know that I've ever seen a house quilt that I didn't love.
And it is becoming a problem.
As much as I love house quilts, I love house pillows even more. Yes, that's right... house pillows.
This will be on my sofa next month -- five of the "large" Full House houses, a pieced border on the top and bottom and a lumbar pillow.
Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater. I love this fabric -- a lot.
When I finished this one, my Mom asked for something a little more fall-ish that we could use right now so I made this.
Little Gatherings by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.
To make a pillow, this is what you'll need... Full House Pillow.
That was the easy part. This was just 10 houses. How much time does it take to make 10 houses? My problems really started while I was piecing these pillows... because I had time to think.
I couldn't stop thinking about something Simone made...
Photo shamelessly swiped from Simone de Klerk's blog.
She blogged about it in September. I loved this little quilt as soon as I saw it. Simone wrote me that she had always liked Cracked Pots but had never gotten around to making it, so when she saw Full House, she decided to combine parts of each for a small quilt. I love the colors and fabrics she chose, but her use of the "in the round" design got me thinking... and thinking smaller...
So I made this. Around the Pink 'Hood.
I used a charm pack I got from Corrie at Quilt Taffy. And I added a little bit of stash... just because.
My Mom loves this pillow but she asked about a darker version... sooooo... this one isn't quite finished. But since that could take weeks and weeks and weeks... here it is.
Jo's Neighborhood. I decided to see what it would look like with a different border on it so I just used some of the leftover strips for a piano-key border. While I will finish this as a pillow, I also think it would make a nice little table-topper or wall quilt.
If you're so inclined -- Around the Neighborhood.
And so you don't have to go looking -- Tiny Town.
That makes 106 houses.
I'm 16 houses short. Count two more Nine Dots "big" houses -- those were made but not used and they were quilted up for pincushions that I haven't finished yet. The other fourteen houses?
You see... I still had some Countdown to Christmas pieces left over and it was just too yummy to put away...
As Duke said... [they've] got friends! Eleven friends, to be precise. They still need filling and closing, and then all of them will get one more step. I promise to show you the lot of them when they're all done.
As to the size, these are the little Tiny Town houses with one little tweak -- I trimmed 1/4" from the top edge of the house before attaching the roof, squishing the house down just a bit. The houses then got a 1 1/4" border. After the houses were machine-quilted and washed to make them quilt-y, I squared them up and finished them as little pincushions. But if you added a little ribbon at the top, wouldn't these be cute as tie-ons to Christmas packages? Or as quilt-y ornaments on a tree?
I suppose I could put off working on my Blueberry Crumb Cake quilt for another week...