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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Still in the Village

I'm sure you are all getting tired of the endless pictures of my village but that is all I am working on right now. I have made lots more trees and tried the triangle border from Freddy and Gwen's book. It is easy to do and I quite like the look of it. I don't think I will be able to use the black and white polkadot fabric, much as I like it. It is quite flimsy and almost transparent. I will look for some real quilting fabric like that. Black and whites are a bit hard to find but I am sure if I look I will find something. I really like the dots but any bold geometric pattern will do. I think it will have to be quite strong to stand up to the colors of the village.
I am thinking that I will Quilt as You Go on this one. I want to do some interesting quilitng on the houses that would be very difficult on a whole quilt. Once I get the right black and white I will start quilting the center pannel.
I still haven't settled on what words I want to use. Any suggestions would be welcome.
It's still great quilting weather here. In other words freezing cold and windy. The sun is shining brightly though so we are feeling quite cheerful about it.


Rae said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog.

My Mom can see better than me. She has dificulty getting around some times & is a little forgetful, but we are blessed to have her SO with us.

As to the story. No it is not on the block. I entend to write it up separately. Sort of in the fasion of "Kansas Trouble" Journals and patterns. As I am going to have to write up the patterns for some of the people that are going to be working on the Quilt.

It has been sugested that I publish it, the story and the patterns. There will be parts of the quilt that are picture transfers. I don't know if that would be someting that would go well for other quilters.

If you want you are welcome to quilt and read along with us. I would love to see how it would turn out in someone elses hands.

meggie said...

Joyce I wish I lived close to you. I have some black & white fabric that would be perfect for you! My cousin gave me some, & she was given it by her sister.
I love that quilt you are working on, will never be tired of seeing it.
Must be different styles in different countries, because I went to a fabric shop on Friday, & they had a huge range of black & whites- I thought it must be the latest fashion! Perhaps it is, here.

comicbooklady said...

I think the black and white fabric really makes the houses stand out and not hidden in the forest. It looks great!

Jane Ann said...

Joyce, don't worry about boring me; I love this piece and enjoy reading of its evolution. I wouldn't presume to suggest anything to you. I just like to see it taking shape and hear your selection process.

quiltpixie said...

If you're in the city Joyce, North West Fabrics has a spot at the coner of Ellice and Berry that has B&W fabrics amogst many others. It's more of a clearance house of fabric, so minimum cut of 1 m, but the price is right, and I've found thier quitling cotton of good quality...

Jodie said...

I am not getting sick of the village. I like seeing your progress and watching you audition your fabrics.


Hardenbrook Girl said...

If you can't find a fabric you like as well as the polka dots you have a couple options. How about backing that fabric with a light weight iron on interfacing? Or here's what I'd do if I were you -make a checkerboard border with a solid black an a solid white. Sort of the like the border on a box of See's candy. I think that would look great.

madhatter said...

What a beautiful quilt this will be!

Why not layer the polka dot fabric with a solid white fabric underneath? Don´t know if this works, but this way you can use the polka dots and nothing will shine through.

Pam said...

Don't worry about posting lots of pictures - I enjoy seeing the progress of this quilt.

The black and white dots look so good there. Lightweight interfacing would strengthen the fabric but I like Patti's ideas about the checkerboard of black and white - that would really look good also.

Cynthia said...

please keep on posting those photos of your village quilt. I enjoy watching the progress on it.

I like the suggestions that Patti has made. Hopefully you'll find something suitable.

ForestJane said...

I like seeing the pieces evolve into a quilt too... it teaches me about different ways people design, and gives me hints on things I might try next time.

Not sure what words you could put on... the only wild animal song I can think of is that one that gets stuck in your head... *sings* In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight... lol