Monday, September 10, 2018

Finally a House Quilt!




Welcome to the first day of the 
"Welcome to My House Blog Hop"
hosted by our good friend Carol from Just Let Me Quilt.
This past June I retired from 32 years of teaching.
I jumped right in to a job longarm quilting at 
Wow, I am having fun!
So, now that I am only working three days a week, with no lesson plans, I had time to work on a quilt 
which has been on my bucket list for many years...houses!
I have to admit I am a Freddy Moran lover. 
I have her books and have pinned a zillion pages on Pinterest. 
I started out trying to plan, plan, plan. 
Did I want a light background, dark background or sky blue? 
I tried lots of them and decided to use them all!


I also tried the several styles of making a house. 
This first way used too much fabric, 
so I balanced applique and cutting.
  

Of course I started talking about my houses at work 
and asking for help and opinions. 
Pretty soon little ideas and slips of fabric began appearing......

  

frogs, pigs, llamas, and fairies,


chickens.....


 and foliage.


I also must admit I did not often pay attention to sizes. So when it came time to put it together, sometimes I had to have houses on hills.


It was really exciting for me to be able to quilt my own quilt!


Here are a few close-ups......





Finally, here is my finished quilt!


It is held up by my DH!


On the back I used a remnant of Venice. I also used a technique where I faced the quilt and had no binding.
You can find this on the website TheSillyBooDilly.






So, my quilt is done and I love it!
Thank you Carol for giving me the motivation to check one more quilt off my bucket list!
Please visit all the other great folks who have created something wonderful for you to see this week.

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84 comments:

  1. First, thank you for your years as a teacher. I have many, many teachers in my family and just knew that's what I was going to do. I took the first computer programming class offered to non-engineering students at my university and I was hooked. I finished my math and education majors and had computer science and Latin minors. I applied for several jobs and received my first offer in the Information Technology world and was off and running. Second, I love house quilts and just bought the pattern "Village." It's made with 5" squares for houses and if I remember correctlhy geese for roofs. I love your quilt and all the fun things you added. I think it's fun at all the things that auto-magically appeared for inclusion in your quilt that add character. I love the whimsy of the quilt. How fun to quilt your very own quilt. It is a show stopper and the backing is phenomenal. Thanks for helping to get the hop off to a wonderful start!

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    1. Suze, thank you for taking the time to reply. I think teaching is like quilting. Every quilt is different, like every child. It takes lots of thought to put together a great lesson plan and a great quilt. Thanks for coming by today. 😀

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    1. Thank you for coming by today! I am so happy you left a comment :)

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  3. I love your house quilt and all the additions you worked into it!

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    1. Thank you, Dione! It was so nice of you to stop by today and leave a comment.

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  4. Thank you for being part of the hop. It was very enjoyable to read your story and see all of the whimsical bits going in to the piecing on your wonky houses. I love it. Funny how I never remember that facing is an option instead of always doing binding.

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    1. Hi Carol! Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment. As a very impatient quilter, I found the downside to the facing vs. binding idea is that facing it means HANDWORK! Eek! I always stitch down my bindings, but you cannot do it with a facing. You have witnessed my one and only facing of a lifetime, LOL!

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    1. Thank you, Velda! It is so fun to know that someone actually looked at my post AND you took the time to say something nice! Thank you!

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  6. Thanks for shRing...this quilt is so fun and the sweetest thing!!!

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    1. Thanks Marjorie! Aren't these blog hops fun?! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Your quilt is so much fun! Thanks for sharing all the details with us, including the using facing instead of binding. I'm definitely trying that one day.

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth! Those facings are right up your alley! Thanks for coming by 😀

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  9. Sorry, I saw a mistake in my first comment, so deleted it and am trying again... I love your quilt! I enjoyed reading about your process too. It's interesting and comforting to know other quilters experience the same kinds of things that I do. I like the way you used a facing--have seen quilts like that but never think about it before binding my quilts. I need to do that sometimes. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Carol. I just love the sisterhood of quilting. It is a kind place to be. This is such a fun hop. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Ohhh, Mary Pat, I'm in love with this quilt and all the amazing details. Your quilting really rocked it! This quilt makes me feel like I could spend all day checking out the characters, kind of like Where's Waldo. I'd never heard of Freddy Moran or seen the method you used for finishing, so I'll be off checking that out for sure. Thank you, sweet friend, for sharing this beautiful quilt and hopping with us!

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    1. Oh Carol! This has been so much fun, I just can't tell you! It was so many decisions, making it up as I went along and then there were the trees which I loved making as well. Talk about timing, this was the perfect time for this hop (for me) and for that reason, it was even more enjoyable. I wish I could hug you, but all I can say is thank you and I hope it doesn't take me two years to have the courage to do this again! Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha!
      xo my friend!

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  11. Well, it's no wonder that you love it! I love it! All that fun color and those wonky houses are just too cute!

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    1. Hi Wendy! Thanks for dropping by. It is so much fun to get a kind comment. It's like a virtual hug!

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  12. Mary, we all love it. It’s completely adorable ❤️

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  13. So done cute and imaginative. Thanks for sharing

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  14. I love all the cute details of the houses. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Vicki! Isn't it great to have friends to help you?! Some things I had to save for the next house quilt....like street signs! Thanks for leaving a comment. 😀

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  15. What a fun quilt. So glad you finally got around to making it. I tried a wonky houses quilt once. My accountant brain refused to co-operate. I got it done, though, by squaring off things when I went to put the blocks together. :)

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    1. Hi there! Your comment really cracked me up today! It is super hard to put things at an angle and I love it that you just squared them up and went with it!! I have a long way to go though. All my rows are straight, my pinwheels are squared....I felt so daring when I mixed backgrounds on the same row or used one different color for a pinwheel block. Haha! I was happy to get it finished!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. So cute, love the cowgirl and cowboy. I live in Texas.

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    1. They are so cute aren't they? I have some left over fabric you might enjoy. If you send me your address, I'll put it in the mail to you. My email is
      thepats121@gmail.com

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  17. I absolutely LOVE 💕 your quilt!! Our tiny quilt group is making houses to share with each other and now I know how I want my finished quilt to look!! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!

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    1. Thank you and you are welcome! Check out Freddy Moran online or on Pinterest. She was my inspiration.

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  18. Ingenious, very clever house quilt. Another inspiration to put on my to do list.

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    1. Thank you Rosalind! I appreciate the hug you sent my way and the time you spent letting me know.

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  19. That is so cute! I love wonky and whimsical and the fabrics are great.

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    1. Thanks Judy! It was lots of fun making my way to a finish on this. Wonky and whimsical are the nicest compliments!

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  20. Love your house quilt!!! The wonky houses, the colors, the added little animals and trees and the quilting all make this a winner!!!

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  21. What a wonderfully artistic accomplishment! I love all that color!

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  22. WOW I love your funky "Houses" quilt... just sew many cute homes . I think my favorite one is the rainbow house....

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  23. Your quilt is so much fun! It would be a great I spy one also. Thank you for sharing.

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  24. All I can think of to say is WOW! I love this wonky house quilt. So much attention to detail, I love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Such incredibly fun fabric for all of these houses, giving each one has its own character. Super fun to look at!

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  26. This quilt is just filled with animation! Congratulations on your finished quilt!

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  27. Yours are the most inventive houses I’ve seen so far, delightful details, quirky inhabitants and just plain fun!

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  28. Very fun QUilt! thanks for showing it.

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  29. What a great finish! I love every detail. Congratulations!

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  30. Wohooo your quilt ist absolutely stunnig - I love too :-)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  31. oooh - Mary Pat - That's such a wonderful quilt and so much in the style of Freddy Moran.
    And your facing finish was a nice way to finish it, too! <3

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    1. Hi Benita! You are right...it is totally Freddy, but I had to do it! She is my hero! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment.

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  32. Love this quilt, Mary Pat. And we love having you in our Palm Tree family.

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    1. Thank you Gale for stopping by and sending such sweet thoughts. I am a lucky girl!

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  33. Ah, this is a beautiful and interesting quilt. Thanks for showing us.

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  34. What a beauty. Must be a fun neighborhood to live in. It's lovely to visit and admire,each house and tree. Just wonderful.

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  35. Love the whimsy of this piece, thank you for sharing.

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  36. I love how you spaced the houses with trees and triangles. And those pinwheels! Sublime!

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  37. Love! Love! Love! your quilt! Everything about it - design, fabrics, colors, and all the wonderful details. A total Delight!

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  38. Wow! Sew colorful and wonderful! Thanks for sharing in the hop ... :) Pat

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  39. What a fun whimsical quilt with beautiful details. Love the cowboys, by the way. Fun stop in the hop!

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  40. I just love your wonky houses and all of the added details!

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  41. Love this! I can tell that you had loads of fun sorting through your stash. Congratulations on your retirement too. I'm still teaching full-time, so struggling through the start of the school year once again and wishing for more time to quilt. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  42. What a creative and fun quilt. Love the wonky houses and all the additional fussy cuts!

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  43. Wow great fuzzy cuting...love the quilt... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  44. Oh my gosh! What an Amazing job you did on your Quilt! It just radiates fun & happy! Beautiful! :)

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  45. Love your quilt. Love the use of all the scraps and so much fun with friends donating to your quilt. What fun memories of this little quilt.

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  46. Very cool quilt, love the Cowboys & the rainbow house!

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  47. That is ust fabulous. I love all the whimsy that you added to this piece.

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  48. Oh my gosh...you have hit bright, fun and whimsical on the head with this fabulous quilt. I just love all your fabrics and how you used them to bring out the character of each house. Well done! And that quilting is just gorgeous!

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  49. Excellent! I'm so glad you now have the time and are making quilts. Just look at this one! It's wonderful. You are so creative.

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  50. Love this colorful, crazy quilt! My favorite house is the one with the crocodile eyeing the occupant. Too funny! Thanks so much for sharing! Don't you love retirement?!

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  51. Your quilt is a hoot!! I love all the bright colors and movement. I think my favorite has got to be the llama carrying the frog (or is it a toad?).

    What a great "I spy" project it would be.

    Thank you for sharing not only your quilt but some smiles.

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  52. Oh I so adore your quilt. The whimsical houses and all the details that pop up from alligators to cowboys and girls! I keep looking and looking to who I will find in and about your fun houses. It was a pleasure to view this post. ~Abbie

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  53. Wonderful, wonky houses !! Thanks for joining the hop and sharing with us.

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  54. I really love the look of a quilt done in longarm. I am kicking around the idea of investing in a long arm machine prior to or when I retire.

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  55. Oh how fun and whimsical is your house quilt. It exudes glorious colour and pattern and magic. I do hope the alligator/crocodile and the lady at the door are friendly. There is so much for one to gaze upon with your beautiful quilt. Just visiting your lovely place from the bottom of the earth.....so happy I did.

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  56. this is awesome. I want one just like it! LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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  57. This is such a fun and lively quilt, I love it!

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  58. oh wow, that is sooooo cute! Love all the fussy cutting too! xx

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