Friday, 31 August 2018

Curated Quilts Houses Challenge

     I made a promise to myself that when I finished piecing the Quilters Planner Quilt Along Quilt, I would do some creative sewing for myself.  It just so happened that I finished the piecing just as the call for the next group of minis came out for Curated Quilts.  This was my first time submitting a quilt to Curated Quilts.  The last challenge was an Improv themed challenge and I got as far as selecting fabric but that was as far as I got.

      This time I managed to finish.  Here is my quilt. I call it Brio after the little houses in the Brio Train set that my kids had when they were little.  My grandkids have the train set now.  The quilt finishes at 14 inches square.  The challenge was to make a quilt on the theme of Houses and the fabric colours from which to choose were pear green, peacoat blue, poppy red, ocean spray, clay brown and light grey.




     I decided for this challenge to play around a bit with abstraction and with minimalism.  I started by cutting strips of fabric in all of the fabric.


      Then I started to sewing them  together in groups.  When they started to look like pieces I could use.  I placed them on my design wall within a 16" square I taped on the wall.  16" square was the maximum size the quilt could be.


     Once I landed on an arrangement I liked I worked out how to link the houses up with the tan background.  I opted for straight line quilting and poppy red binding.


     I had a lot of fun working on this project and I'm hoping to continue working on the Curated Quilts Challenges. They provide a nice framework to play around with.  I'm heading over to link my quilt up with the others at the Curated Quilts linkup.  There are a lot of interesting quilts there.

     The Curated Quilts magazine is really awesome but hard to come by in Canada.  I pick up my copies from Mad About Patchwork.  

15 comments:

Nicole said...

Lisa, it's super! I really like it. Well done. And my little one (starting grade 2 next week!) doesn't play with the trains anymore...

Stitchin At Home said...

I really like what you did! I can see your creative side had fun coming out to play.

Susan Earle said...

Lisa. Loved your creation and thanks for posting the link for the Curated Quilts submissions. I always love seeing these.

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I love the feeling that these houses create along with the story of them reminding you of a train set your children played with. I'm glad you had time for some fun sewing!!

Frédérique said...

Beautiful creation, and fun challenge!

piecefulwendy said...

I like how this whole project came together. The Brio houses were a great inspiration. Great idea putting the tape on the wall and working within it. I'm going to remember that idea. What fun, Lisa, that you've had time to do some creative play!

Louise said...

I think you really nailed this challenge, Lisa! Great use of the colors and theme, and it's cute to boot :)

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Great job, Lisa!!!! I'm impressed that you could start with all those random strips and come up with something so meaningful!

somethingrosemade14@blogspot.com said...

I love your House quilt and I think you did very well with the Challenge. The idea of making Brio houses was spot on and the tan backing really makes the colors pop. The quilting is perfect. I hope to see it in Curated Quilts. I never knew there was a linkup for the entries and it was great to see all of them. I think being part of the linkup is fun and honor in itself. Great Job Lisa!

Pamela said...

How creative! Thank you for writing about the process of building this house quilt.

Cheryl said...

Awesome finish! I love seeing how the piece came together and the background color is perfect.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Well done. I had intended to play along, but well...... maybe next time. Good luck.

Preeti said...

Oh Lisa, it is not just the binding that is popping :-) Every house is bright and the whole quilt pops with excitement. Your quilting is perfect.

Sandra Walker said...

I've actually not ever got my hands on a copy of it! I love your houses Lisa! You are so good at this stuff. Joanne (Canuck Quilter) told me about it (I'm now on the email list) but I didn't get my RSC house quilt finished, too many other things to do!

Sarah Goer said...

This is a lovely piece. I love your technique of taping off the limited size area on the design wall. Great trick!