Friday, December 16, 2016

Houses, houses and more houses

Hurray! My house quilt is finally ready. The blocks are made by 33 Greek quilters, plus three I made myself to get to the 36 needed. The project was a 2015 QAL. It took me nearly a year to start assembling this quilt. Half of the houses were stuck on my designer wall for ages, but they didn't inspire me to do something with them. Until I started! When the first row was framed in white it started to look stunning. I hadn't expected that. So, then I couldn't stop sewing!!

The blocks were already quilted, so I just put an old sheet as backing. The quilt is going to hang on a wall, so the back doesn't really  matter. Because the quilting is done with so many different techniques, the whole top is very stiff and difficult to handle. Couldn't do the stitching in the ditch, to keep the pieces together, with my very basic sewing machine. So I did it by hand. Took me much longer than I expected because of the different fabrics. A "bloody" job!!
The quilt turned out beautiful. It is going to hang in the new workshop center I am, at this moment, realizing together with a friend. I will take pictures of the whole quilt when it is hanging in its final place. 

Inspired by all these houses I decided to make good luck charms for the new year, and yes.... it had to be a house!

First a made a bunch for my Dutch friends, with whom I celebrated "Sinterklaas",  Saint Nikolas, which is a big celebration in Holland.

A week later we had our monthly Quilting Bee meeting, so I made more houses for all my quilters and other friends, and I am still sewing!!

At the Quilting Bee meeting Maria also brought her house quilt to show it to us. The Bee is working on a EPP (English Paper Piecing) star quilt. The stars that are ready are pinned on my design wall. It is starting to look cute. I tried to make a picture from the whole room filled with colour!!!! It is not the best picture, but you get the idea.

We had beautiful sunny weather last week, but as from today there will be big changes. Temperatures will drop and rain and maybe even snow are expected.
More sewing time!!


  1. Je huisjesquilt word mooi, geweldig dat hij bijna af is en wat een leuke sleutelhangers heb je gemaakt.

  2. Very impressive

  3. Beautiful work! The star quilt is going to be gorgeous!

  4. Τι τέλεια και μπόλικη δουλειά!!!!

  5. So lovely gifts to give:0)) the little houses in a basket!!

  6. May your home be always as coulrful and as joyful as your quilts.
    Maria K.

  7. I love your little houses Ada, such adorable gifts! Have a beautiful Christmas!

  8. Merry Christmas dear Ada and may this new year bring you joy and laughter. To be happy is the greatest wish in life!

  9. Dearest Ada,
    Oh, about the difficulty sewing with stiff fabrics, I too had my part when I came home with a stiff lining to be used as bottom in my antique jewelry box. Oh, what a hell of a job... Why did I purchase that?! But it got done and like you, when it's all hanging you feel proud.
    You have been very productive and yes, that's typical wintertime work.
    I've been very busy with my e-business sales. Printing the labels after measuring and weighing the parcels. Lots of work but I hope that in a year time I've sold out and can fully retire.
    Sending you hugs,

  10. Nog hele fijne Kerstdagen en een Goed en Gezond Nieuw Jaar!

  11. Ada, ik wens je heel fijne Kerstdagen en een Mooi 2017!

  12. HI Ada! LOOOVE your houses!!! Good Blessings to you in 2017!! ~karen