Saturday, 7 January 2012

Back to normal

I don't know about you, but I am happy to have the holidays behind me. Not that I didn't enjoy them, far from it, but it's good to be back in a normal rhythm. Just after Christmas Pam Sloan revealed the fourth block of the Blogger's BOM and this week I finally had time to make it. 
I must be out of practice as I made a mistake. Can you see it? Yes, the checked blocks are not facing the same way, but it's either that or the stripes don't go the same way. I know I should take it apart or make a new block but I can't be bothered (at least not at the moment).
I think when the blocks are all together, the mistake is less obvious. 

Jeanneke from Holland is organizing a quilt along which is called "Building houses from scraps". 
Building Houses from Scraps
I've long wanted to make a house quilt and since there's no better time than now, I'm going to join in the fun although I'm going to do it a bit differently. Firstly I'm not going to make a block a day; couldn't handle the stress and couldn't keep up either. So instead I'm going to make a block a week and I'm also not making the houses quite as small as in the pattern.

I've made a start with these four blocks. They are 5 inches (instead of 3 inches) and I paper pieced them. 

I don't know yet exactly how it will all come together, I will see where it takes me. I'm going to call it "Building a Village" and might even add a church and some trees. And since I have tons of Japanese fat quarters in my stash (leftovers from my Japanese era), I'm going to use them and not buy any fabric. So it's not going to be a quilt made from scraps, but it will still have a scrappy feel to it as I will try to use as many of these fabrics as possible.  It's a nice contrast to the colours I've been working with lately.

I hope your first week of the New Year has been good.
Vreni x


rubyslipperz said...

I second that emotion!!...having the holidays behind me. =)

Fun Blocks in progress and some fun Japanese fabrics waiting to be in progress =)


Lynda said...

So far so good! Love the red and blue together. Your house blocks even look like the windows have panes. Clever use of fabric. I want to get some quilt tops quilted this year. I took a 1920's quilt kit to the quilter today.

Julimond said...

Deine Häuschen sind ja toll. Ein Giebelstern, Fenstersprossen....auf deine Stadt bin ich sehr gespannt.
Das ist ja eine beachtliche Stoffsammlung die du bei dem Projekt verbraten kannst.
Ich werde auch nicht jeden Tag "bauen".
Wer kann das schon,
liebe Grüße

Jessica said...

I toyed with idea of joining in with the Houses but I just don't think I could keep up!
Yours is going to look fantastic with all the Japanese fabric!

Marg said...

Love your red and blue blocks, and it was only after you pointed it out that I saw the mistake.
The houses are going to look awesome in the Japanese fabric.

Hilde said...

It all looks so well organized! The new header (like!), the red, white and blue (like!) and the first set of houses (like!). I think the holidays recharged your battery and that energy shows.

Cathy said...

Your bloggers bom blocks are looking so great, I adore your colour choice! It took me ages to find your mistake, even after you pointed it out, I wouldn't worry about it it certainly doesn't stand out! Love the little houses! xo

blauraute said...

Liebe Vreni,
Dein 4. Block ist wieder sehr schön geworden.
Du kannst ja wirklich mit Deinen Resten mehrere Städte bauen, Deine ersten Häuschen gefallen mir ausgesprochen gut. Ich werde auch noch Häuser bauen, aber meine werden auf jeden Fall größer, ich hatte so an 5'' gedacht, denn ich will auf jeden Fall mit der Maschine nähen.
Dir alles Gute im neuen Jahr und sei ganz lieb gegrüßt

LintLady said...

Hi Vreni,
ja, voller Power, wie ich sehe! Klasse.
Viel Spaß bei allem und
LG Doris

barcord said...

Love your new header Vreni. Cant wait to see how your village turns out. Love the house blocks. Your 'mistake' was only seen because you pointed it out. You have got off to a good start. keep up the good work. Bx

Marjorie said...

I had the same experience as Cathy - even being told what to look for, it took me a long time. Love your village, especially the fussy cut stars.

Thimbleanna said...

I'm with you -- I love the holidays, but I'm glad all that work is behind us for another year. I'm VERY tempted by the little houses -- I just wish I didn't have so many UFOs already started!!!

Vickie said...

Yea. I am glad to have the fall semester, as well as Christmas, behind me. Hopefully i can do more creating! The houses look fun, but I am crazy about the bottom left block of your set of four. The one where the star and the background flip color schemes on opposite sides. Wow. Great block. This is going to be a fabulous quilt! Hugs!

chrisi said...

deine Häuser sehen toll aus, klar dann noch mit Japanischen Stoffen, von denen habe ich nur wenige die sind hier sehr schwer erhältlich, ich nähe meine auch über Papier....liebe grüsse Christin

pat sloan said...

I really love your version of my block!! I'd vote for leaving as it!