she felt peace ~ my first house quilt

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hello everyone out there in ‘bloggy land’ 

it’s been awhile it seems! i was not expecting to be down so long with just a ‘little’ spring cold.  i’ll tell ya, it’s packed a big spring punch, that led to a sinus infection, and some bronchial issues. hopefully… i’m leaving the worst behind, and so back into the saddle i’m trying to leap! lol  🙂

today, i’m sharing more details from the little house quilt in my ‘marveles’ faux piping technique, from last week’s post.  

my inspiration motifs began with a fun day, printing fabrics with my gelli plate, and frankly ~ just plain messin’ around! always a good thing!  and it provides a rich tapestry of things to pick and choose when you want to build a new house! 

anyway ~ you can see some of that process in the beginning stage, in this post: “come on over to my house.”

one of my favorite things in this piece, began with a piece of organza, that is the main body of the house, which was made using a thermofax screen {by margaret applin} and gel medium, and newspaper print!  all i did was lay down the screen, squeegee gel medium through it, lift, and wait for it to dry. then i washed out the excess newspaper print, dry it, press it and badda-boom-badda-bing! a very fun process!

additionally, other happy fabrics were added from my printing frenzy; several of which came from stencils and thermofax screens designed by margaret as well as her stencils {from}

again, margi’s stencil shape above, which is the orange flower {below}. once it was dried and heat-cured, i stamped on top of it with my black ink pad and a favorite text stamp.  i added a beautiful ribbon, with a glitzy, sparkly edge, too, at the roof’s bottom edge.  that same orange color ties in with the flower, and the bird, too.  the roof itself was screened using one of margaret’s delightful screens as well, and i just cut it out and stitched it down on top of the organza base. {when you play alot ~ you have alot to work with!} and i do love my playdays!

then… i felt i needed a bird on my house.  i love the sound of chirping birds so early in the mornings now! they are the perfect ‘wake-up call!’  and while making my classic round tablerunners, i purposely saved out a bit of this this cool fabric with the neat bird print with heart flowers, just for fusing on future projects:

 and look – there he is! such a pretty bird ~ love him!

and that same lovely print yielded a sweet little detail for my house: heart flowers ~ and a pop of beautiful pinky-red color, too!  just what it needed for some extra ‘punch.’

and speaking of flowers… here are some of terri stegmiller-styled flowers, printed on white cotton, from her new line of stencils by stencil girl i was so thrilled to demo!!  they were the perfect accent with the bird and heart-flowers, too.  so into the mix they went, too. cute ~ and such a pretty periwinkle blue color. love it with the pinky-red flowers.

 where’s the sun?  oh yes! i used this one printed from the gelli plate, also made by laying one of margaret applin’s flower stencils down on the plate, layering fabric on top, and then pull the print!  i cut it out, and there you have it – a fun sun shape.  i deliberately made it rather messy, and the black thread quilting keeps it pretty graphic and fun, too.

 and then time for more free motion quilting details on the cottage:

 i added zig zag stitching, and this is done free motion as well.  i then added stitched details to the flowers, adding stems and leaves… and doodles, inspired from stamps designed by roben-marie.  

and time to add some writing… which of course, you may know that i love to do.  a little bit of sketchy-stitching around the clouds… and it’s done.  i love it!

so there’s my first little house-quilt!  i hope you enjoyed my tour.  thanks for stopping in!

i hope we all can do just that ~ make time to stop in, visit our friends, and enjoy the sweet hospitality, companionship and  joy of our hearts as we spend a little time with each other… 

and ‘sew’ much more.


Comments 11

  1. Wow, you are definitely making up for lost time. This is brilliant stuff. LUV the newsprint on the organza. babba boom! and the black stitching is babba bing! 🙂

  2. Just sweet Leslie , I love the little house and the flowers , precious . Glad you are on the mend , take care.

  3. So glad you are getting back to normal. I hate feeling unwell. It takes all the fun out of things. I love your little quilt. There is so much work in it. The bird is so cute.

  4. Glad you're on the mend, Leslie. I get bronchitis too and I know it's miserable.
    I love your usual exuberance in this piece. It makes me want to do more houses!

  5. I love love love your quilt. It looks so happy and carefree. Beautiful colors as well. You just have to get into a good mood when you look at it. Such gorgeous artwork!

  6. Leslie this is fabulous!
    My two favourite things – houses and birds! thank you for showing us all the details – I love it!
    Hope you're well and enjoying the sunshine??

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