I am a member of a quilting bee known as “The Sewatorium Sisters” in Cambridge, MA, a subset of the Rising Star Quilters Guild. We meet as we can and we do fun little projects together. During the pandemic, we zoomed most weeks, keeping us sane and in touch. This is one productive bee…and this year we are back in business.
In 2019, we made this quilt with all different kinds of birds. Generally, we make one of these each year to sell at our show; the proceeds defray batting costs for the guilds charity quilts. This year we are creating house blocks -the only requirement is a red door.
Now, why a red door? It sometimes is easier to make diverse blocks work, if the there is a unifying motif in each block. However, there is apparently some significance to red doors including. you find out there are a number of theories that explain red doors: welcoming the stranger, protecting the occupants, providing luck, or showing the good fortune of a mortgage paid off. Log cabin quilts often start with a red center to symbolize the heart of the home (at least one theory says). Whatever the reason red doors will abound in this quilt.
The designed the first block, which is loosely based on a house we owned in Somerville MA for 20 years. I loved that house and while we didn’t have a red door, we do in the version I made.
I drew this block in Electric Quilt 8* and found the process all pretty easy. It required some refining, but in the end, it was easy to piece section by section. Although I started with the roof, you construct the block floor by floor then add the side/top/bottom pieces.
My stash was the inspiration for the second block! I was looking at patterns, trying to decide what I wanted to do, and I decided to do a more traditional house block. I loved adding a hex sign to the peak of the roof, maybe as homage to Pennsylvania, where I grew up. The fabric used for the clapboards is eggs, but I loved that it mimicked siding, so it was repurposed. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a house in these colors? Surely, the siding contractor would not be happy with this many colors in the shingles.
As it is the beginning of a new month, it is time to declare a goal.
I have this kit that I have had sitting around, it will be finished before the end of the month because it is my goal…4 blocks and a little table runner is my plan. Thanks again, to Patty who does a great job cleaning out our UFOs by sponsoring OMG – One Monthly Goal.
The Destination QAL begins on Tuesday so get ready for some great blocks from the Partners by Design, information found here. You won’t regret joining this hop….there are 12 blocks presented weekly on Tuesdays. After 4 blocks, we rest one week, then we continue on. And, the only requirement to win prizes is to finish and post the blocks! Consider this your boarding pass – see you at the main gate on Tuesday at 8 am!
Coming Up on the Blog:
Destination QAL – 7/6, 7/13, 7/20 and 7/27
Tips and Tutorials on the 22 – 7/22
One Monthly Goal