Friday, January 30, 2015

My Country House

3/4 scale -- 13.5" centre block

The new 2015 Block of the Month at The Quilt Show is Lynette Anderson's "My Country House." You can click here to see the whole quilt.

When the quilt was first revealed in late 2014 I was very tempted, but I decided that I already had enough similar projects on the go. Did I really need another? On December 31 I decided that I did. If I reduced it to 3/4 scale, it would make a nice wallhanging. BUT, I decided that I was not going to spend more than one week per month on it, so I would still have time for everything else.

That plan has failed completely, as you can see.

Regular readers know that I always like to give my projects a local flavour. A very typical 19th century brick building here in Southern Ontario is either red bricks with yellow bricks in the corners, or yellow bricks with red bricks in the corners. The library up in Uxbridge is a good example:

Most of the old farmhouses are mainly red with yellow corners, but for design purposes I thought red edges would read better. I made a template for the bricks with 1/4 inch graph paper:

I marked the bricks with erasable pencil:

My plan was to quickly work up the sides with some long legged blanket stitch to represent the bricks. But the fabrics were just too heavy to make neat blanket stitches. Plus the 1/2 inch "legs" were too long. So I have been satin stitching the bricks. For three days already.

I made a similar template with the graph paper for the white gingerbread across the eaves, but I guess I didn't take a picture. The gingerbread is stitched first with blanket stitch half pinwheels, and then I went back and put a Colonial knot at the end of each "spoke."

I know there is a loose thread there, which is driving me nuts. I will see if I can tighten it up without doing it over again.

I lost eight days to flu this month, so I have only spent about five days so far on this project. But there is a lot still to go -- windows and door, chimneys, trees, sheep, funny blue chicken, and the postage stamp border!

But -- don't laugh too hard -- I really believe I can catch up over the next few months!

(Actually, I think I can work ahead, because the piecing is all pretty straightforward. Time will tell!)


  1. Oh wow! Another ambitious project. With your attention to detail, as in design changes (making it significant to you), choice of fabrics, adapting techniques, etc., not only will you have fun making it, it will truly become an heirloom. It will be fun following your progress.

    1. You are right, it IS going to be fun! It will be a nice variety of techniques, and I have a cheerful colour palette planned. Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. I like that you are personalizing your building to reflect the old buildings in Southern Ontario. All of the small towns in this area have such lovely old buildings made with either brick or limestone. I think that the red brick detail is a perfect addition to the design.

  3. Off to a great start and I believe you will catchup too. Gorgeous looking quilt too

    1. Yes, thanks Katherine, let's think positively!

  4. Oh my - this is so big and beautiful a project! I love your personalisation of the house - exactly as it should be. I shall be really interested to follow how you personalise and stitch the rest of it. It's going to be a great journey and an amazing product at the end. Go Girl!

    1. Thanks very much, Jillian! I know I've been sidetracked on the first month here, but I truly want to stay on schedule and keep the personalization to a minimum, except for the colours, of course! And the change in scale...

  5. Love your country house, the stitching adds such a nice touch to it.

  6. Very charming house! Love all the special details.:)

  7. I see that you jumped into this year's BOM. I still have Sedona Star and Two of Us to do - both are UFOs, of course. Of the two, I am more likely to finish the latter.

    And, of course, you have already Monica-ized the process! Looks good, though. Your stitching is perfect as always.


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