Welcome to week 430 of Free Motion Mavericks. I didn't get much free motion done this week, except for adding details on one of the Neighbourhood houses.
Houses at Night
The two houses that I completed will be at the bottom of the quilt and are night scenes. I have beautiful night sky fabric and chose colours for the houses that are a little darker than those done to date.
|Two houses at night|
The last time I made these houses, I did two at a time - so that's what I did. At least if I mess up the first house, I'm not likely to do the same mistake in such a short period of time 😁
I made the mustard coloured house first and had to unpiece the roof section a few times. Luckily my theory worked - the second house went together easily. The roof fabric was bought last weekend at a quilt show. It's great for a night scene, as is the flowers on brown fabric.
For the extra details, I used images on darker fabric - in the windows you see bees (or teddy bears with wings) and lots of buttons! I also added a bunny, because they tend to wonder in the evening. There is a bird that looks like a moth (or a moth that looks like a bird - you pick!), and since the porch over the door was off-centre, I added a lantern on the over-hanging edge.
|Teddy bear (or bees) playing with buttons|
The second house is a lovely deep orange colour. I used the mustard fabric for the centre of the star, but found some rich brown/burgundy for the star points and frame. For the lawn, I used a darker green.
|Deep orange house with an Eight-Pointed Christmas Star|
I had so much fun finding fabrics for this party! I remembered that I have a basket of novelty scraps. These are really perfect for this fun house! I didn't FMQ these little additions yet. I used adhesive bonding web to keep them on. I'll FMQ them when I'm more alert. 😊
|Six houses so far|
What I learned
- Making two houses at a time was still a good idea!
- I'm so happy that I remembered my scrappy novelty fabric basket. There was so much to choose in there!
- I've been experimenting with different ways of adding those lovely details on the quilt. So far, this time was the best. I used adhesive bonding web and then FMQ the first house. The second house will get FMQ soon.
- After making 6 houses, it's time to start planning my quilt layout. I know that I want it larger than the throw, but smaller than the twin, especially the length.
- I drew quite a few pictures until I found something that may work. Here's my very rough plan.
- I want to add sky fabric above all of the houses. For the bottom houses, this will be a night sky.
- Between the top and bottom row of houses, I would like to add picket fences and a tree or something. This could be a lot more complicated than I want...so we'll see.
- There will be a road between the first and second rows.
- The middle row will have two houses. The first house will be one of the ones I have made, but the second one will look more like my friend's home. I will add a lake between the two houses, and a small forest on the other side, probably using the trees provided in the pattern.
|A very rough plan of the layout|
Sandra of mmm quilts, who is hosting the Rainbow Neighbourhood QAL, is having a mid-point link-up. Let's go see what everyone else has done 😊. Design Wall Monday, Sew & Tell, Midweek Makers,
Put your foot down, Finished (or Not) Friday, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Peacock Party, Off The Wall Friday, Patchwork & Quilts, 15 Minutes to Stitch 2023, Oh Scrap!,
Free Motion Mavericks
Last week we saw some wonderful finishes. Thanks to everyone for linking up!
My Free Motion Mavericks partner, Muv, quilted her first quilt in a long while. It's a Union Jack baby quilt - just in time for the Coronation. Glad to have you back Muv! It's a sweet quilt in a variety of blues.
|Muv's Union Jack baby quilt|
Denise participated in the Tool Craze Blog Hop. She used a tool to make Half square rectangles from Studio 180. The fabric is Island Batiks "Make A Wish" - they are so lovely and vibrant in her quilt. I just love the details at both ends of the quilt, which she FMQ with feathers.
|Denise's Half square rectangles quilt|
Sandra is working on her PHDs (Projects Half Done challenge) and finished up her last 2 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts from 2015. She had so many blocks that she got two quilts out of them. They are called Dawn and Dusk. Each got a different quilting design. They look so comfy. Congrats Sandra!
|Sandra's Dawn and Dusk quilts|
It's now your turn!