My house has been under renovation for the past year and a half. I'm really pleased with the renovation, especially my sewing room, but it is such a slow process. We're finally at the finishing stages, but it's uncertain if everything can be finished by Christmas. So my Christmas wish is for the renovation to be finished. I made this quilt hoping that it would bring good luck!
Wonky House in Queens Quilt:
A close-up of the wonky house:
This quilt makes me smile. My house is far from wonky, but that's how it felt this past year and a half. While I was making this quilt, my carpenter was working on some finishing work, and this quilt made him smile too. :)
The quilt measures 12" X 14" and was machine-pieced and quilted. I used a foundation piecing template for the wonky house that I bought at a quilt show years ago. Unfortunately, the pattern wasn't entirely accurate since the piece for the roof was too small for the rest of the house. I made some slight adjustments and all was fine. The trees are made from fabric that I hand-dyed.
The other reason I loved making this quilt - the cross-hatch quilting. I forget which blog I got this tip from, but I used painter tape to guide my quilting lines. I have never had such perfect cross-hatching before. Best yet, there are no marks to remove because once your sew your line, you can remove the tape. And there's more - painter tape comes in different widths so it can be used for any size quilt. For this quilt, I used the 1-inch tape. I LOVE this method. Here is a view of the back so you can see the quilting (forgive the stray thread!):
When the house is done, I'm going to make a little quilt to celebrate titled, "Best Little House in Queens!"