Wednesday, March 28, 2007

MORE HOUSES


Greeting from sunny south east Virginia, USA! Fabulous weather here! Yesterday my friend Sue and I went to lunch at a place that sits on the water of an inlet just off the Chesapeake Bay. It was so warm and delightful that we sat out on their deck. As you can imagine, they have great sea food around here. We had Greek salads and blackened salmon. We love these outdoor restaurants! You never know when a warm spell will come along, and in fact, we even sat outside one time in January! Hey, we are from Minnesota! That is a big deal! The ice is just starting to break up on the lakes back home!

I have been working on my Home Sweet Home blocks. I get so excited every time I complete a block! Since I last posted I have finished "dressing" these three house. I really am pleased with the way the red berries brighten up the first block! And I love the yellow sunflower! I need to find a way to add a little more yellow to the quilt. I love some of the fabric choices, and others - not so much. Hopefully in the end the total combination will be good. I actually changed the vase fabric in block #3, three times until I was satisfied. I mean I had the vase all prepped to sew down three times. Sue and I were talking about second guessing ourselves yesterday. I guess we all do that. I suppose there are people out there who can make choices without always questioning and re-questioning their decisions. If you are like that, please do NOT comment on my blog! Leave me some sense of normalcy.

I am also in the midst of making more 3 inch 9-patch blocks to finish a UFO. So many of you are making great progress on your UFOs. I offer my congratulations! I hope I can focus in on some of mine also. I wish I had been in a 9-patch exchange for this quilt. There are sooo many 9-patches! I have about 200 left to make. Of course we are going for variety here, so I am digging through scraps and strips. I actually like that part, but it can be rather slow going. It feels good to sit at my machine and sew little pieces together. I feel like all I have been doing lately is applique prep work. That is OK too. But I do love to piece blocks. Wow, the choices I have to make: should I applique or piece today??? I LOVE doing this stuff!

17 comments:

Nadine said...

...and you're doing it so nicely ! This quilt will be a number one, I tell you ! Thanks for showing your progress. It's a good inspiration, as I bought the book recently, and I intend to make it..."some day" ! (LOL)

Smiles !
Nadine

Patti said...

These are SO great! Makes me want to get mine out and start working on it! (No, no Patti! You are finishing UFO's this year, and using up scraps, remember?)

I have a friend who is the QUEEN of second guessing. We took a four day appliqué class together years ago from Mary Sorensen at Quilting by the Sound. My friend Kathi took 3 days! to choose the right 7 fabrics for a single flower. She kept changing her mind. She'd choose 4 or 5, then change one, then decide that the new one didn't go with one of the others so she'd switch another - and another - get the picture? She never did finish that project. (Neither did I - it's a UFO I just tossed this year - but not for that reason LOL!)

pamina said...

Waow, Marcie, how are you doing ? Are you appliqueing all the day and night ? Your porgress on your quilt is so fast ! Bravoooo ! I LOVE your blocks !

Dawn said...

Your houses are just stunning! It is so worth the work! You are going to have an amazing quilt!

Gail said...

These are just wonderful, I can't wait to see the whole quilt, it will be extraordinary!

Judy said...

The houses are coming along great Marcie! I know why I have this pattern now. I didn't buy a kit but I do plan to do this one maybe next year. I think I might try for a darker brown version. I love the color combinations, but I often change my mind all the time. Not too much though since after so long you just get stuck.

Oh and dots make everything pop up and say howdy!! I love them!

Libby said...

The houses are looking great - a fine neighborhood you have going there *s*

Leigh said...

You are really going great with those houses. I just love them and I especially love the little blue bird.:-)

meggie said...

I havent visited for awhile, & I am blown away by your houses! Lovely work. Love the colours.

Karen said...

Your Home Sweet Home houses are just to die for. What gorgeous applique work you are doing!!

Screen Door said...

I love these blocks.I was never a real fan of Black bird designs--but you've really changed that for me...you do such great work with the projects....I'm going to have to try one....

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

These houses are fabulous - love this project! It's been fun to watch your progress!

Happy Valley Quilter said...

Your "landscaping" is beautiful. It's fun watching your neighborhood come to life.

gwen said...

You do put life into these houses, on second, third or whatever colour choice. They all look fantastic. I used to be a bit like that myself but then I made some scrap quilts and I discovered that one fabric used in one place was not that important and so I don´t ponder that lot anymore! Take care.

Angie said...

Oh, Marcie, they are GORGEOUS!!! :D

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

These are amazingly well-dressed houses indeed! I second and third guess myslef all the time... and I have to keep reminding myeslf that I'm not getting any younger and all this indecision is wasting time! Ha!! It's all because I don't want to re-do; so, I understand. The greek salads and salmon sound divine al fresco and by bay. Oh, my!

Esteemarlu said...

Thanks for stopping by by blog. I just love your applique, it's my favorite style of quilting. Some people think I'm crazy because it's time consuming but it's so much worth it. Just look at your blocks.Keep up the great work.Can't wait to see the finished product.