My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Summer building..(houses)...

I am enjoying building my little houses a lot, sorting through the scraps, finding suitable 'window prints' and then seeing the finished result. As you all know, playing with scraps is a great way of going for a trip down memory lane, thinking about where each piece of fabric came from.
Leanne and I had an impromptu red-scrap-fabric-swap..... it was tempting to sew up some Leanne houses straight away but I did have to wait till I'd found suitable prints to use for the windows and I couldn't just use any old print. After promising her I would use a Goose (you really need to visit her blog for the relevance of this!), I then had to find one!! Easier said than done, but finally, here are two Leanne houses —
Leanne's red scraps;  her Goose house and a Gardener's house.
YD told me I was daft to put secateurs in the window - I told her it was raining
and Leanne had them inside to oil and sharpen!
Here are my other February houses - lots of memories with these scraps, and lots of fun with the windows!

I don't want to re-use my window fabrics so am building up a little collection of spares that may be suitable for someone else's houses..... if anyone wants to do a window fabric swap (of about ten 1 3/4 inch 'pictures' - my window size is 1 1/8 finished) just get in touch with me :-)
Until next time, happy stitching,


20 comments:

Marion B. said...

The houses are so cute Raewyn. Mine don't have any special windows, they are all white :-)
So nice to see all those different villages around the world.
Have a nice day.

Annie said...

They are really gorgeous Raewyn....love them :)

AnitaS said...

You houses are so lovely I like all the pictures in the windows.

Leeanne said...

Cute!I like how some of your houses face different directions.
I will have to have a rummage for you for some feature windows, I'm sure in my 'wee' stash I can find some bits!

Shirley said...

Fabulous houses Raewyn, they look good fun. I don't think I would be able to find anything in my stash for novelty windows so I shall enjoy seeing what else you come up with.

Maria said...

Your houses are all gorgeous Raewyn. You must be making them at 3 1/2" I am cheating and making my 6 1/2".
Love all your special windows. I do some with features and some plain.
Enjoy your constrution work.

Michelle said...

They look wonderful... great idea for the windows, if you send me you address I will have a hunt in my stash for some more:O)

Pat from Florida said...

Raewyn, your little houses are adorable. I have 12 all cut ready to swap with you. You can see them on my blog. I sent you an email with my snail address, and will get yours off to you as soon as I have your address.

Snippets of Carol said...

Would be glad to send you some windows. email me at
nanacox@bellsouth.net
with your snail mail address.
What size are your finished blocks?

Cottage Tails said...

aahhh the Leanne's houses look awesome! I was meant to look for a goose foe you in my stash and I've got side tracked - BUT the goose you found is the same as I have in stash!
Love the raining home & secaters smile.

I'm missing sewing - maybe find the time this weekend if raining.

Love Leanne

Josie said...

Your houses are gorgeous and those windows are just brilliant. Luv em! I'm a bit concerned though... is someone trying to strangle that Teddy in the bottom right photo? ;o)

Grethe said...

Your houses are perfect,love them all,exciting to follow you on this project! How nice to read your Rabit Report,the crumble fabrics are great;-)

Kelli said...

I love your houses Raewyn!! :o) The windows especially. xo

Annette said...

Your houses are sweet! I would love to swap with you. I have some I can trade. My windows are tinier though, just 3/4 of an inch. If that isn't a problem, just let me know and I will start cutting away. So fun.

Charlie and Wendy said...

I love all your little houses, it is so effective having little pictures in each window. I look forward to seeing this quilt all together.

Mayleen said...

You sure have some cute and imaginative things peeking out of the windows! The garden cutters are my favorite.

Carrie P. said...

Very cute. I love looking inside the windows. I need to make my house for March.

Nanette said...

I love your Leanne houses, the secatuers are perfect. I'd be happy to swap with you, I have some Aussie animal prints (being in Oz!) email me at belleg9atgmaildotcome and we can trade snail mails. My windows are three quarters of an inch.

Katie said...

Your houses are great! And I see you've chosen a sashing fabric. I can't figure out what I want to do for sashing. If you want some of my window fabrics let me know. :-)

Quilting Nests said...

Wow Raewyn those houses look great, love to see the finished quilt.