Friday, October 17, 2008

MY Little Houses in Blogland

Nanette and her Christmas Cottage Extravaganza gently nudged me BACK to this old UFO that's been dormant for quite some time now. Lucky for me, I still love my little houses on the prairie. They're an old favorite from the gals of Little Quilts.

I'm pretty sure I've made just about every little quilt in this book, probably several times over. Since I couldn't get enough of these houses, I decided we needed a little exchange amongst friends. (It probably wasn't my idea to begin with, but I will usually claim all glory for good ideas, get used to it!) So off we went to building with just a few rules and guidelines. Let's see here......who do you think missed the memo on "sweet and darling"? And now, years later, this house is Bets claim to fame. She calls it "the other side of the tracks". Well, it's the other side of somethin'! In my younger, more obnoxious days (yes, hard to fathom) I would have pushed this house aside. It would be in foreclosure. But now that I've grown and matured as an artist with Bets by my side, this little lovely will surely have a place of prominence amongst all the other little lovelies. Lucky for me, she made a few more, in a similar style that will balance it all out, I'm sure. Yes, lucky me. :)

On my last hidden treasure, I realized that if I start to photograph my oldy, moldy unfinished projects and share them with our 2 readers than I would perhaps be motivated to finish them. Hmmm....we'll see how that works out.
May she live long and prosper.

16 comments:

  1. Oh..I just love your Houses...have been paging that book over and over for years but never started on them.. just for a couple of them made... but a whole quilt of them lovely little houses that woud be a dream quilt...with lot of friends to visit in the houses... oh you do inspire me with a lot of memories and ideas.. :o)

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  2. love your pretty houses. i too have had this book for years but have never made anything from it. it has been in my new pattern bucket for many months now. so maybe there's a chance.

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  3. Oh, a lap quilt would be great for a rocker near abookshelf with those reading treasures. I, too, love Little House and other prairie-type classics.

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  4. I love the Little Quilts all Around the House book...in fact I just posted a couple of my projects from that book recently (things I made years and years ago). But anyway...I think a whole quilt full of them would be fun as can be!

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  5. sounds like a set of track homes to me...:) You could use them as a border for a larger quilt...They are really very darling. Thanks for sharing Des!

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  6. don't worry Bets she has thrown my blocks out to. But lets all just reflect on how she has grown and love her for it. No foreclosure today. Though, I think I'll look for some really ugly fabric for her hot pad and see if she even makes it, let alone put it in her kitchen. But, she would give it to Charlie. Love ya always Des and love your site. shelto P.S. how did I miss out on the little house exchange

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  7. That little quilts book is still one of my favorites to go through. I love it. The houses are great and scrappy! Love the scrappy. You definately have to wave your majic wand and change them from UFOs into FOs. You have so many of them. I'd probably make a big quilt but you could make several small ones. However, that would be more time consuming. 6" is such a cute size! Do it!!!

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  8. Those houses are beautiful! You are so talented!

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  9. Hey, my houses are eclectic -- just like me! :) And I'm pretty sure that the house in the lower left corner is also one that I made. (I obviously made the one in the lower right corner and I still love it!)

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  10. My vote is slap em all together and make a neighborhood! I mean come on, the hard work is all done!

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  11. Lori stole my comment - I was going to say just send them all to me.

    I've seen really cute quilts where there are tree blocks interspersed with the houses. Just a simple triangle on a trunk. Makes a cute neighborhood.

    I love that book so much. It's one I can just sit and page through.

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  12. I love the little houses! They are darling. You are so talented! It is so nice to see.

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  13. I'm with CJ - make them a neighborhood! I am so in love with this cottage/house theme! Des, I can't believe yours are so little! I may make some easter ones for my sister-in-law who loves bunnies and easter - Oh, I can think of a gazillion little ideas for that! Cheers!

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  14. Some friends and I that live in the same neighborhood all did a block exchange a few years ago...we exchanged these same house blocks. It's fun because now whenever I look at them I'm reminded of each of them...some have since moved away, but we've kept in contact. Isn't quilting nice that way!? =)

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  15. House are so cool and so are you quilters.

    Des... you so totally rock.

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