QUILT INFO

The quilt shown in the header is from a pattern by Ginger Cookie Company caled "Basket of Sunflowers".

Friday, November 19, 2010

QUILTER'S VILLAGE

I went a little bit crazy and finished "Quilter's Village" from the Buggy Barn book called "A Little Bit Crazy".  The book is available here.

 I have to say that doing the Crazy style Buggy Barn quilts is not for me.  I am so tempted by the patterns in the books but I gave away all the books that focus on quilts done in this method.  These are patterns where you start with an oversize drawing of the finished block and lay it on a stack of fat quarters.  Cut on the drawn lines.  Then you take the stack of pieces and rotate within the stack before starting to sew.  You end up with the parts of the block done in all the different fabrics.  Such as the background will be light on some blocks and dark on others depending on how the fabrics fall within the stack.  If you haven't done this method, I know this doesn't make much sense.  I think you pretty much have to do it to understand.  I like the quilt because it has houses on it but I think I would have liked it better if I had used more fabrics that read almost solid from a distance.  I did simple quilting on this just to get it done.  The quilt top has been finished and in the UFO closet for quite a while.  Time to just get it done.  Looking at the picture of the quilt from a distance, I like it better than close up.
I have finished the applique on another of the designer basket patterns.  I like this one.  I need to make the pinwheel filler blocks that were in this packet.  The parts are cut and ready to go and should not take long to sew.
I forget which blog I saw the turkey wall hanging on very recently.  I immediately recognized the piece as being one in my UFO closet.  It has probably been there for two years.  I had the turkey parts cut out but not the background blocks.  I pulled it from the closet and, cut the backgrounds, and now I am going to spend a little time on doing a bit of applique on it.  The pattern is from Country Threads.  I think I only have one quilt made that could be considered a Thanksgiving quilt and the holiday is less than a week away.  I may not finish the quilt in time this year but will make a go of it anyhow.
I need to head for my chair, get out the needle and thread and start stitching.

Have a great day!

Karen

43 comments:

  1. Karen, there is a quilt hanging in my local quilt shop done by much the same method of shuffling the stacks...I am resisting so far! I have quilts too that I like better from farther away...from here, I love your house quilt! Have fun with your Thanksgiving quilt too...are you tempted by Bonnie's mystery??

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  2. The house quilt looks wonderful! Yea, I have been tempted but haven't given in yet, although there is a red and white star one.... very very tempting!

    Love the basket block and can't wait to see your turkeys!

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  3. Well, I love your quilter's village. I made a quilt several years ago for a local quilt shop using the Buggy Barn method and did not enjoy it. I don't know why - just didn't. I love everything they do but .....

    New Designer block is beautiful. Can't wait to see your turkeys.

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  4. I have never even heard of that method before, but I do like that quilt. All the pretty fabrics and house...very nice:)

    I love your applique block! Those fabrics are really beautiful:) You always do such nice work.

    Good for you for getting things done! I'm still working on 'getting' to it' these days.

    Happy stitching

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  5. I really like your house quilt a lot. I have to agree with you on making these type of quilts though, they are not for me either. I made one and don't foresee doing another.

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  6. Love your house quilt! I'm too much of a control freak to leave the fabrics to chance, so I don't think that method would be for me either. Your results were great, though. Michele

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  7. I did their star pattern with the shuffling the stacks method and it was fun. Not my usual style but I was pleased with the results. I like all house quilts and yours is great.

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  8. It just does my heart good to see someone with as many irons in the fire as I have ;o) Love the house quilt. The method intrigues me. The turkey quilt will be adorable.

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  9. I am right there with you on The Buggy Barn Patterns! I love to look at them, but not so much making them. It's def. worth a try though. I just this week started my first one. The Christmas tree skirt, which is a much smaller project. I love the look but nearly drove me crazy trying to grasp the concept!

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  10. I know Pam at Mamaspark had the turkey recently and I told her I'd just started mine. Gonna do 9 turkeys but that's OK--they'll be ready for NEXT Thanksgiving! HA I think they're adorable!

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  11. I've made two of the buggy Barn crazy quilts but as with all the others, haven't quilted them yet.

    I like the basket block, too! The background makes it special. Can't wait to see that one finished!

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  12. I love the buggy barn quilts.
    I like doing all types of quilting, prim and folk art for me and bright and mod for the kids.

    Debbie

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  13. hooray your quits looks great!
    I love the basket on the sampler fabric, really cute.
    have a great weekend.

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  14. I made one Buggy Barn Crazy Quilt with stars years ago while living in Germany...it was hard for me to realize that seams would not match...though fun I haven't tried any others and think I only own one book of theirs.
    Your house quilt is AWESOME...so you!!!
    Oh...and let me comment on that sweet applique block...love it! Your doing such a wonderful job and so fast!

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  15. I've always wondered how they do those blocks and you have revealed the mystery. Love your quilt!!!

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  16. another beautiful basket block...love how it looks on the sampler fabric!

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  17. I love the basket quilt. It is so sweet.
    cathy

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  18. Hi Karen!
    Your house quilt is incredible- stunning!! YOu did it again! I can't wait to see your turkey quilt...so sweet!! Take care!
    Paulette

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  19. I love your houses! And I like that method of cutting out a quilt~ I like the little surprises that show up I guess. :-) The turkeys look very fun! Have a great weekend!

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  20. I'm with you on the Buggy Barn patterns - darling quilts, but I hate making mincemeat out of my fabrics. I don't mind cutting into and using them. But I prefer to end up with normal, useful pieces with the leftovers.

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  21. I love your quilt! It's really fun to look at! Love the book title "a little bit crazy"!

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  22. Oh, I love the Wild Turkey quilt by Country Threads. And Quilter's Village - yup - it's wonderful! Happy stitching and a very happy Thanksgiving, Karen. :-D

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  23. You do the absolute best work! I just love the house quilt!!! so nice! Someday I want to make one!

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  24. Love the applique block :-) Gorgeous colours
    Cheers
    Lynne

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  25. Oh I can't wait to see your turkey quilt! It was my blog you saw the quilt on! It is my favorite quilt - I just think the turkeys are so fun! I love your house quilt too. I"ve always wanted to make that one, but been a bit hesitant to start it. But your is wonderful!

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  26. I think I would get pretty confused with the Buggy Barn method but your quilt looks so cute...I am still tempted :-)
    Great job getting it finished. I love it!

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  27. you may not have enjoyed the technique of that quilt, but im sure enjoying the finished product...wow! love it! Isnt it great when you stumble upon a UFO that you sort of forgot about :) enjoy working on your turkeys!

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  28. A great post Karen!!
    Love your "Quilters Village" quilt!! The method sounds interesting... May have to try that sometime, look for the pattern and give it a go...
    Another great looking applique basket... 8-)

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  29. I really like that quilt of yours. It is something different. Hoping to try that one some time in the near future.
    Elzaan

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  30. I really love your village. I've never tried that method though, but it sounds interesting. Perhaps it appeals because I struggle to do scrappy? The turkeys look like fun.

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  31. Your house quilt looks amazing! I have never tried that method either, 'tho I've been tempted:)

    You sure have some beautiful quilts!

    Shazy x

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  32. Your Buggy Barn quilt looks great. Oh I can't wait to see the turkey quilt...I've always loved that one!

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  33. Oh Karen, I am always so thrilled to see posts from you!! I do understand the Buggy Barn method you describe but have never done it. The quilt is great!!

    I adore the turkey quilt. How nice to be able to finish up an ongoing project and have it ready to hang next year.

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  34. I think that the house quilt was wonderful, but I don't think I would like that technique too.
    Micki

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  35. Your quilt is gorgeous but sounds a bit complicated. I think I would have to have a teacher sitting right besides me if I ever attempted that pattern...
    Happy Sewing!

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  36. Great finish Karen! good luck with the getting the turkey quilt finished in time.....love visiting to see what you have been working on.

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  37. Quilter's Village turned out excellent Karen and Wild Turkey is going to be very cute!

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  38. your house quilt is gorgeous. bummer that you didn't enjoy the process too much, but the results are terrific.

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  39. Your village quilt is fantastic!! I love it a lot. I've only done one buggy barn quilt and felt the same, not too keen on the method but love the looks. You busy girl, the basket is great.

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  40. The Quilter's village quilt is gorgeous! I have made mine in green's, but I whishes that I made mine in your colours.......
    The Turkey pattern looks greate, and I'm looking foreward to see your finic quilt. Take care and have an nice Thanksgiving!

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  41. Oh I love your 'Village Houses" I have made this quilt and some other buggy barn quilts and love the method, except for the wastage.

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  42. Gosh, Karen but you've been busy! I can't believe all that you've accomplished since my last visit.

    I've never done the Buggy Barn method but I'll take your word for it because our tasted are so much alike. Having said that, I LOVE the Quilter's Village quilt! And don't stress about getting the turkey quilt done for this year's Thanksgiving because there's always next year.

    Back to the boxes. One week today and the movers will be here.

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  43. If you have time and inclination will you drop by my blog and tell me about the 'designer baskets' pattern/quilt? I LOVE baskets, that is a great block you've done.
    thanks,
    Sharyn

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