Here are the 12 block-of-the-month blocks of "All Around the Town" (Sue Garmon) assembled into the quilt center. Woo hoo!
Before adding the "road" stop border (with appliqued cars!) and the outer border, I still have some yellow stars to add and applique and a few more tiny embellishments (lawn art). I needed to get the hunks of houses pieced together and get it up on the design wall so I could see what other little touches needed adding to make the top feel balanced to me.
I've made some doodles of little tiny things I want to applique...I want to add a sheep or two, a garden gnome, a pink flamingo or two and a cart of fish with a fishing pole. There are some other little characters running around in my head, but I don't have them on paper yet.
I had to stop and do some quilt cave maintenance. Remember this?
I needed to sort and put away some scraps that have been piling up. The bigger pieces get sorted by color (or type) and go into art bin containers.
The tiny bits get sorted into one of four larger bins of wee bits...warm (yellow, orange, pink, red), cool (green, blue, purple), brown/.black, or neutral/white.
I use these bins a lot when working on an applique project like these houses. Sometimes a small bit is the perfect piece when I am doing really small scale applique motifs.
And I always say, if you want to be a better quilter, hang out with great quilting friends! Here are a few show and tell items made by my friend Kathy F. (no blog). She is amazing! These free pieced houses are just two in a series of Island structures standing on her coastal Maine property.
She also made this cool liberated architectural quilt (don't you love the Seattle space needle?!?).
And here is her finished "Roll, Roll, Cotton, Boll" top, the latest mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter over at Quiltville.com (that is Kathy on the right). Yep...now that I've seen it up close and personal, I want to make one, too!
It is just stunning! I don't know how Bonnie keeps coming up with such awesome scrap quilts!!