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house mini quilt

even smaller this time, just A4 sized, perfect for an apprentice piece. the background sky/tree fabrics are pieced, everything else is appliqued. since this didn’t have to withstand being washed i thought i’d have a go at fusible applique, but i didn’t want to machine it (everything is hand stitched) or have raw edges, so i had a go at stitching the pieces onto lightweight fusible interfacing, cutting a slit in the interfacing, turning, then fusing. in the main this worked well, although there are a few spots where the interfacing is peeking out around the edges, especially on the smaller/fiddlier pieces. i do think it was definitely worth saving the hassle of slip stitching everything down. i think perhaps i should have cut out behind the appliques to reduce bulk and show-through, especially behind the house, but i wasn’t convinced that the fusible would hold if it was only a thin line around the edge.
the quilting is more successful in some spots than others. i’m pleased with the swirly puffiness of the sky – which comes from following the outlines of the paisley pattern – and the wavy ground. on the other hand, i don’t think the concentric circles on the tree actually do it any favours and i think the house is still unresolved. although what i should have done further with it i’m not sure, and with all those layers to work through i’m not sure it woud have taken a pleasing texture anyway.

the little details on the house – the blind, number and button handle – were sadly not at all my invention (although i did have the brainwave of taking the number from a selvedge rather than attempting to embroider it) all credit to syko’s fantastic houses. believe me i had to strongly restrain myself from duplicating wholesale all of her clever little touches.

all in all i’m torn about this, there’s something that really isn’t working for me and i can’t quite put my finger on it. i’m happiest with the tree side of things, and the little dress. but it’s all been good practice – i’m getting quite good at bindings now, i even managed a mitred corner on this one – as neat on the back as it is on the front thanks to this explanation of what to do with the back, cos the suggestion that it will somehow mitre itself on the back which appears to be pretty widespread is a long way from the truth in my experience. and my quilting stitches are getting smaller, if not much more regular. here’s a question for any hand quilters reading – when people say it’s more important that your stitches are even than small, should i be aiming for stitches that are the same size as each other, or should they also be the same size as the spaces between them?


comment from sarah
time: 10/4/2007, 8:09 pm

Your little quilt is so beautiful, it pains me to read you criticising it so much!

comment from Julia
time: 10/4/2007, 8:49 pm

This is so beautiful! I just came across your blog a few days ago and I’m hooked. So inspirational!

comment from soph
time: 11/4/2007, 6:56 pm

thanks for the kind comments guys :)

comment from tamara
time: 12/4/2007, 5:22 am

Just beautiful

comment from Maditi
time: 12/4/2007, 8:51 am

I love your house mini quilt!

comment from Alex
time: 12/4/2007, 12:36 pm

Hey, Soph, your quilt looks lovely. Really. Lovely!
Do the next, try something new, quilt it, see where your stitching is going, see if you like it, if not, make it different the next time. I think it’s up to you to decide which stitches work best for you and your quilts.

comment from Cascade Lily
time: 11/2/2008, 8:57 am

Sophie, it really is lovely! In fact, I think you’ve given me some inspiration for my next project with the Four Seasons Quilt Swap!

With hand quilting, the real experts have stitch length the same on the front as the back. BUT! All quilting is personal, so you work out what’s right for you and what YOU like. Don’t let those quilting police stop you from being creatively original :)

comment from Florence
time: 11/2/2008, 10:34 am

I just saw your quilt on Sew, Mama, Sew and felt compelled to come visiting to say how lovely it is!

comment from Tammy
time: 11/2/2008, 4:26 pm

This is really really nice!!! I love houses.

comment from Kajsa aka syko
time: 12/2/2008, 6:49 pm

Hi! I found your adorable little quilt at the sew mama sew blog and clicked my way here! I am very happy to hear that my house quilts did inspire you! It also reminds me I should go in with my house quilt series some day soon…

Happy sewing!

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