Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Start at the Very Beginning...


... It's a very good place to start.

Despite having several projects actively on the go right now, today was a pondering day rather than a doing day. I spent a good deal of time sat on the floor poking about in my wee stash.


I contemplated and rejected ideas over and over again. What I had in mind I could not match up to fabrics. Silly I know but every combination I put together just did not work for me today. So I sat at the internet and browsed through Flickr and Pinterest instead, finding my inspiration here.

I decided that I wanted to do something girlie, frivolous and fun. (Like all the things I make are so serious!) And I decided on freezer paper piecing. So freezer paper securely washi taped to a cutting board I tried out my architecture skills with pencil and ruler. I do not think I am ready for full size house design as of yet. It took a few tries, and as I stuck to the same piece of paper it looked like total gobbledygook eventually.

I persevered and eventually had a house I thought would be a good size, I erased some of the superfluous lines, I did my little marks and numbering for future matching up, and then I did a few notes as a further attempt from me going terribly wrong.


My idea is to freezer paper piece the house and then free piece the background. I may think this is more doable than it actually is. But the best bit of the afternoon was pulling fabrics to feature in this block to make it fun.

I think my house will definitely need a British bulldog. And a gnome. Most definitely a gnome.

Susan

33 comments:

  1. a house wouldn't be complete without a gnome!

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  2. Oh wow this is going to be fabulous sweetie!

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  3. Looks like the beginning of something really fun :) I'm just finishing off a house quilt too - a bit unusual from what I normally do - but it was lots of fun finding the center pieces.

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  4. Gnomes are a must looking forward to seeing it !!

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  5. Every house needs a bull dog and a gnome.

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  6. It's going to be awesome! The dog and gnome will be just perfect. I have a large gnome in my backgarden that I was given as a secret santa gift many years ago, which my DH hates, but I love (I think this confuses him as it is completely out of character for me, but what the heck). Sadly all his paint has completely faded, but your gnome fabric reminds me of him in his technicolour glory.

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  7. Looks like a fun place to live, awesome architecture skills too.

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  8. The brain has been doing overtime today, looks like a fab drawing. Good Luck bringing it into existence, and most definitely it needs the bulldog and gnome :)

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  9. Girlie, frivolous and fun seems good to me. Di x

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  10. Those fussy cut fabrics will be adorable! I must admit, I find freezer paper piecing unnecessarily fiddly and time consuming! I hope you have success! Jxo

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  11. Ooh, van't wait to see how it turns out!

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  12. Sounds like a great plan to me!

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  13. Ooh love the departure into architecture - look forward to seeing completed structure complete with gnome, bulldog and cycling girl.

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  14. Oh you're way too clever for me - I really want to see this!

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  15. I'd say to had a very productive day, playing and drawing! And a gnome is a must- especially a HR one!

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  16. Oh this is going to be a great project. A house always needs a French bulldog and a gnome to play with the dog :)

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  17. I will enjoy watching this come together. Hope you find what you need after all.

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  18. Ooooh, excellent, can't wait to see the finished item. And thanks....I now have Julie Andrews singing in my head!!

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  19. I had one of those days too, but at least you came up with something, and that something sounds wonderful. I can't wait to see those fussy cut additions.

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  20. This will be so cute with your fussy cut prints! I need to make something like this to represent our house and its occupants.

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  21. My head hurts with the technicality of it all, but I suspect it will be brilliant as usual when it translates to actual fabric!

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  22. An english home isn't a home without a Gnome!!!

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  23. It's gonna be a stonka Susan, happy playing :)

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  24. Every house should have a gnome like that!

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  25. Hee, hee, hee, looks like so much fun! I don't know how you managed to get your paws on those OOP Heather Ross prints but I am jealous! I simply refuse to pay $100/yard! Looking forward to what you come up with!

    xo

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  26. Ha, can't wait to see the toaster in there :oD

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  27. Can't wait to see this one finished!

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  28. What a fun idea! I love the prints, but that bull dog is just adorable.

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  29. Can't wait to see how it all comes together :) Every house does need a gnome in the garden and a dog at the door!

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