Tuesday, October 7, 2008

"Moving In" to fall

Over the weekend I did finish something. My fall cottages were sewn together and I started machine quilting last week and then had time to finish over the weekend and it is bound! (no label though) So I immediately hung the cottages up in my sewing room to enjoy through Halloween and maybe even into November, what the heck, why not.

It was lots of fun and I just dipped into my stash with fall colors and designs. I love the quilts I don't have to buy anything new for.
There is a ton of machine quilting in this little project. I wanted each house different. The one above has a tile roof.
Each one has different quilting lines in the windows, doors and roof. It was fun to quilt even if I now have to take my machine in for service! (I'm on the back up machine currently)
I quilted around the little people and things in the windows, too. It makes me very happy to look at it on my wall. It is preparing me for things to come as the Christmas Cottage blocks start to arrive.
And speaking of - I have 4 sets so far. We have such fabulous people participating in our exchange. Above are the blocks for Tricia, Flora, Jane and Elaine. (thanks girls) It gives me so much pleasure to look at the completed blocks and I look forward to the arrival of the rest. I've made so many contacts and friends with this exchange. The women particpating are all just so fabulous. I'm sure Terri will agree with me that this has been a wonderful exachange to be involved in. We've just got the greatest assortment of blocks.
And here are the latest! This is Terri's newest master piece. It just warms my heart. I couldn't be more proud of the cottage blocks! Thank you everyone.
-nanette

39 comments:

Carrie P. said...

Your fall cottage quilt is fantastic. You have been busy. The cottages from the ladies in your group are very pretty. It is so fun to see all the different fabrics people use.

Catherine said...

Your wallhanging is wonderful. I'm particularly partial to the door of the cottage in the top right corner! :-)

Nancy said...

I love your fall cottages, and all the different quilting your did on them. Its so warm and inviting. The fabric you used for the border of the quilt is darling!

MichelleB said...

Your fall cottage quilt is just adorable! I love "fallness" of it.

pratima said...

Your fall cottages look fabulous! I just love the details of the quilting :)
The christmas cottages are all so different and very adorable.

Sandra :) said...

What a fabulous fall wallhanging! The door kitty on the top row is a hoot, lol.

PamKittyMorning said...

Super cute. Love the yellow dot background of course and all the different little cottages. Nice work, as usual!

em's scrapbag said...

Fun fall cottages. I loved making my Christmas cottages. I finished them yesterday. Thanks for this fun fun exchange.

Des said...

cute fallness! The houses start to look like faces! I love it! wow, machine quilting each individual block. It's a treasure for sure!

Elizabeth said...

Absolutely darling! I really REALLY want to make one.

Jackie said...

I love your Fall version and the quilting is terrific! You really have some wonderful new Christmas cottages!

Candace said...

Oh, how adorable the fall cottages are! I can't wait to get my exchanges from the Christmas cottages, and it is so fun to look at the compilation - pick out my own blocks and check out everyone elses! I'm so glad I signed up for this - what a great experience. Cheers!

Stephanie said...

My aren't you the productive one!!! Love your Fall cottages. I'm thinking seasonal ones too...maybe next year.

Sherri said...

I love your fall cottages wallhanging--it's so cheery! You were busy this weekend!

sarahmurray said...

I love how your fall quilt turned out Nanette! It's so darn cute. The quilting looks so great! I too love the feeling of making an entire quilt without having to go buy any new fabrics. It's such a good feeling! x

Purple and Paisley said...

you are so sweet...thank you for coming up with the idea of the exchange and for letting me help you...it's been a joy...and thank you for always linking to me...you're a great friend...=)

Jenn Maruska said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I loooove the colors. I would keep it up to look at all year. : )

Pam said...

VERY cute! Your machine quilting is beautiful...one of these days I will learn how to do more than stitch in the ditch.

CJ said...

I love the fall cottages!! I am wondering though why this put your machine in for repairs??? The Christmas cottages are really coming along.

Eileen said...

Terrific! That is so cute.. I wish it was here haniging on MY wall!
:-D
I am getting VERY excited for the cottage exchange!

Lily Boot said...

oooh I like the fall version! but I must finish my christmas ones before I try any others - I was think maybe some beach ones for our summer! :-)

Fiesta said...

I love the fall houses.
What a darling idea. Thank you for posting about the quilting around it. I was going to email you about that too.

Threeundertwo said...

Yeah! I love it! I got the fabric for the borders and back of my Halloween houses quilt today, so hopefully I'll get mine together this week.

I like how your cottages look when they are set together, and I like your strips of "sky" beneath the bottom row. For mine, I used sashing between each block, but I think when I make a Christmas one I'll put them together like you did.

quiltingcindy said...

I love the fall houses and the Christmas houses are better than awesome. I wanted to join this swap but there were too many deadlines and life things going on to allow, maybe next time around.

Caesar Beezer The Wonder Dog said...

I love your fall cottages! I'm going to have to make me some!! I finished my Christmas cottage blocks - now, tell me where to send them! I guess I missed the email with the address! Thanks so much for doing this - it's been great fun! The Other Nanette

Thimbleanna said...

So cool Nanette! This cottage thingy is catching on! I'm thinking spring cottages in pastel colors -- oops, guess we should get through Christmas first!

Hannies Annies said...

I love all the houses! Your quilt is gorgeous! Keep it up through November!!!!!

Nan said...

The fall neighborhood is wonderful! I like the different quilting on each home. It's so warm and inviting. As you can tell, I LOVE IT! I also love all the blocks you've received, too! I can't wait to see them all. I must create my own neighborhood now! There needs to be one for every holiday and every season, don't you think?

Messy Karen said...

love it. thank you & T for showing us what we could do with ours. lots to think about. i want to make a beachy one too.

Happy Zombie said...

I love your fall cottages, Nanette! Of course every time you post about the cottages I kick myself for not joining. Yeah... I have lots of bruises right now. Though I am happy for all you guys participating... what a wonderful thing you've organized!

Mel said...

Absolutely charming! I'm green again! (with envy!)

Welcome to ... Lurline's Place said...

Super cute! We don't use that expression here in Australia, but it describes the little houses perfectly!
I love all your different fabrics, Nanette, and intend starting a collection of cute and whimsical.
Just lovely - hugs - Lurline.

Valerie said...

This is the prettiest thing I have ever seen. I love this. I am glad I found you again.

Busty LaRue said...

I love your wall hanging! That is so cute!!

Karen said...

Your Fall cottages are so cute! They're all the same, but different. Good job on the quilting, too;)

Karen said...

WOW those blocks are fantastic and your autumn cottages are adorable and the quilting you did really added that special touch.

Hugs - Karen

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

Nanette, that wallhanging is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I am ready to send my blocks but wanted to make sure exactly what was decided as far as labeling. Can you let me know? Thanks bunches.
Teresa

amandajean said...

your fall cottage quilt is so charming. you did a great job, Nanette!

jen duncan said...

wow nanette! What an awesome weekend project!!