The back of my Heart and Home
So As you all know ( or many of you know) Last July August my machine broke down. Within a ten day period..my microwave broke, my house was threatened by a fire, my machine broke down, My car broke down…LOL There were a bunch of other things…I only owned one machine at the time..so no income…What else is a quilter to do? Start piecing quilts of course.
I had a lone ranger jelly roll. I had bought it on sale..only had one ..but it was Kansas Troubles(KT) and the GREAT thing about KT is that all of their lines use the same exact color palette so a line from 10 years ago coordinates with a current line. YAY! So I knew if I needed anything I could find it. My LQS keeps plenty of KT on hand.
I had this book in my stash called “Heart and Home” quilt of the month by Suzanne McNeill.
It uses one Jelly roll. Bingo-Bango.
I got to work I constructed the quilt in a few hours which is always really nice. Then moved on to my next project. The original pattern calls for borders (yardage) but I had so many Jelly roll pieces leftover I just used my left over strips to make a piano key border…why add more scraps to my bin..just what we have. All I had to buy was my backing, binding and a bit of fabric for that inner small border.
Again I knew it would probably take me longer to quilt it…than it did to for me to piece it….
I think it was probably about the same. I was able to finish quilting it in a night. I made myself work on a customer quilt..with a reward of working on my own. LOL. I play these little games with myself to keep motivated….please tell me you all do that too?
I added further embellishments by hand. I did some ruler work. But basically I just wanted to highlight the elements that were already in the quilt so the house got a shingled roof, lines in the windows, doorknobs. Leaves by the flower box, I just kind of had creating texture here and there.
I was thinking of adding little tiny black buttons in the center of each diamond in the border… but sometimes I think I can go overboard on embellishments..so I am still thinking about those….I did add buttons to several areas on the blocks…just to give it added pzazz. I love pzazz. There is a bit of everything in this quilt…..which always seems so interesting to my eye. Thanks so much for looking.
I used Hobbs polydown batting….and I quilted this on my 18 inch INNOVA. I have been doing all of my quilts on my smaller machine because it is so much better for the fine details. It is for me because I am shorter and I don’t strain so much. Plus it it so much more sensitive to me…I am not sure if it’s me or the machine. Anyway have a blessed Friday!