Village Quilt Highs and Lows

I am finally back to this cute quilt.  It always seems like there is another quilt or project with a deadline that has pushed this one further and further back on my list.  Well, the day has come and I am ready to sew!

I opened the box and took out all of my neatly sewed blocks.  They have been so patiently waiting for me to visit them again.  It has been almost a year!

All I have to do is sew these blocks together, lay them out, and I am done, right?  Well, that was easier said than done.  Just choosing the right roof for each house took a little planning, but not  too much of a problem.

I started sewing away.  Chaining all of these together took some time.  Really, it took longer than I thought it would.  There are a lot of houses here, over 100 of them!   I’m glad I had my handy cutting gizmo:)

I just love how easy this makes separating chained pieces.  I bought two of these because I like it so much, one for home and one for my quilting class bag.

All you do is place the chain stitch between the notch and press down.  Your hands are free to hold the fabric so it falls neatly where you want it to.

It makes cutting a chain apart lightening fast!  I highly, highly recommend it, and no I am not getting paid anything to say so! Lol:)

Now that the sewing was done I pressed each one open, and that was the end of the highs for this quilt.  

Now it was on to what should have been the fun part, laying it all out.  I can’t believe how tricky this was!  The houses are set together in groups with small spacer pieces between them. Sounds easy enough right?  Not!!

I would count and re-count, check the size of each spacer, and try to balance the color.  In the end, I started sewing them together and the rows weren’t all the same size.

I unsewed one row three times, added more spacers, measured all of the rows again with a measuring tape and some were still off an inch or even two!   I pinned, checked the pattern, and pinned!  I never realized how much a seam matching quilt really helped in getting those edges right.

Well, to end my low session, I did finally get it all put together, but the top was and is about 2″ smaller than the bottom.  That was it. The End. — I neatly folded it up, put it back in the box and wrote a note to myself saying what the problem was.  I will fix this another day.  There are times to just walk away, and this was one of those times!


So, it was a high and low type day.  Those days happen.  It’s all good.  

I hope your day is an all high and SWEET day!  

Until tomorrow,

The Village Quilt Rooftops


Last summer my daughter and I spent two days at our cabin having a sewing retreat.  It was so fun that we decided to make it an annual event:).  We have been planning and looking forward to our sew-cation  all summer, and the week finally arrived.  Yea! We packed up our sewing machines,  irons, projects, clothes, and food  and headed up the mountain.   It was so beautiful and cool!   We unloaded everything, set up the machines, and started sewing.   Fun! Fun!

Until the generator broke:(

I had to walk out to find cell service, call my  SWEET hubby, pack everything back up, and head back down.  Bummer!

Oh well, next year….   We still sewed of course.  My house became the sewing retreat and we enjoyed just being together.  She worked on some WONDERFUL quiet book pages (she is going to post about them soon.  If she doesn’t, I will because she designed  them and they are FANTASTIC!) 

And I finished the rooftops for my Village quilt:

I sewed over 100 flying geese.

A.few of them had a piece sewed in to make a chimney.

I used my handy dandy  “Wing Trimmer” ruler to cut the geese to size. This ruler ROCKS!   But even with the ruler, the cutting seemed to take all day.

Whew!  Look at how pretty they look amidst the remnants  of all of that work:) I love it!

Well, until tomorrow,  –Tracy:)

Life is SWEET!

Village Quilt- Cutting and More Cutting

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It was a perfect day to get back to my beautiful Village Quilt.  I took out the gorgeous 5″ squares and just sat and looked at them for a moment or two.  Yes, I absolutely adore this color scheme!  If you remember from my last post, I used the Bread n’ Butter fabric line and added quite a bit from my stash to get this big block of squares.

The next step was to separate the squares into three piles. The pattern gives nice instructions and tells the amount for each pile.  Then you  cut, cut, and cut some more.

I sub cut each stack into different sizes.  There are two sides for the house. One roof, one door, one house front square, a few chimney pieces and two background triangles.image

Oh, how I just love the look of neatly stacked piles of fabric ready to take to my sewing machine!

After  all of this wonderful cutting and preparing for the house construction, I had two stacks of extra triangles that I am going to make into a “freebie” quilt.  I think I will call it “Out on the Town”.  SWEET!!   –Tracy

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Extra triangles for a FREEBIE quilt!

Village Quilt

Yesterday my happy package from the Fat Quarter Shop came in with an American Jane “Bread ‘n Butter” layer cake and the “Village” pattern by Miss Rosie’s Quilt company.  I just love, love, love the bright happy colors!  Don’t you?  IMG_6346As  I looked at the pattern, I noticed that it called for 8 charm packs or 280 5″ squares.  From one 10″ layer cake you can get 4 -5″ squares.  That would give me only 168 squares.  Soooo…. I was 140 short or so.  With the price of layer cakes at around $40.00, I did not want to order another stack, so I sorted through my stash and picked out some that I think work really well.  (I wish I was one of those famous quilt FullSizeRender-1bloggers who get their fabric for free, but I’m not, so I will definitely use what I have!)

I cut all of my fabric into 5″ squares or “Nickel” cuts and then put them all in a pretty pretty stack.  Aren’t they pretty?  Now I can put this project aside and head in to the kitchen where I will be making a wedding cake for my son’s friend’s wedding.  (Did I mention that I was crazy?!)

Life is Sweet:)–Tracy