Monday, January 9, 2012

Building Houses


I just could not resist Building Houses from Scraps a fun project Jeanneke put together for 2012.  The plan is to try to make a house block every day, so at the end of the year you have a total of 366 (it's a leap year) house blocks.  The houses are tiny (7.5 cm x 7.5 cm) and meant to be hand pieced, which is perfect for me, but you can make them larger and piece by machine, if you like.  Rules are few, but one important one is not to show a completed quilt before the end of the year, as Jeanneke said, it is not a race and takes the fun out of it for other participants if you do.

Last year I decide to go smaller and not make large quilts anymore, just finish the ones I have on the go now and a few I have already purchased the fabric for.  So, I will be sticking to my rule and only building enough houses for a doll size quilt and it will be stretched out over the year.  As you can see, I'm going with Batiks to build my houses.

Until next time.....happy quilting!

Karen

20 comments:

sunny said...

I've seen a lot of new construction all over blogland! I decided not to join in on this one, but I love the idea of not showing any compoeted quilts before the end of the year. I always get very frustrated when something is made into a race and I can't keep up. Good luck with your houses!

Caroline said...

Hi, lovely to use batiks. I have chosen for traditional costume fabrics for the Netherlands (that's where I live). I won't be making 365 houses, just a smaller quilt. But I love to surf along all the other building constructors to see what they do. bye bye Caro

katrien said...

Lovely house.

Fiesta said...

It's adorable Karen.

Merilyn said...

Love the use of batiks for these little house blocks!!! I've only made one so far, so I don't think I'll end up with 365 at the end of the year, but I'll have a few for small quilt!!! They definitely have the 'cute' factor!!!

Maria said...

Your wee house looks great Karen and I like the idea of Batiks. Hmm I have friend going to Bali maybe she will bring home some nice fabric.
I am making my houses 6" so I do not need to make as many.

veerle said...

How nice they look, your houses. Bright colours :)
Have fun!

Cybele's patch said...

Great start. I love batiks.

betty prins said...

A very sunny house you made, so nice te see all those small houses!

LuAnn said...

Your house is so cute. I can't wait to see all of our quilts at the end of the year.

Saskia said...

Like the batik style house! There is a lot of building going on, in the quilting world. I'm not building houses, just want to finish some UFO's...

*karendianne. said...

Ohh I love this house. Batik house with orange. I love orange. I'd like to make an offer but I don't see a For Sale sign. hee. :)

Annemieke said...

Love your 'sunny' house, it is a happy one. I also think that maybe 366 is a bit too much. I just will see when I think it is enough.
Groetjes
Annemieke

Paula said...

Lovely little house you have there Karen. It looks so happy and bright. I think it is a good idea to make them into a doll quilt.

Happy stitching
Paula

Carrie P. said...

cute house! I am not making one every day. mine will be a small quilt too.

Marg H said...

Very beautiful and I love the colours you've chosen, too. Good luck.

Raewyn said...

A lovely house..the batiks will give your quilt a really unique look. I've decided to go with 2 a week but not sure what size I'm wanting to end up with!

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Pretty little house, love the colors you chose!

Kim C said...

I really love your idea of small only for the year. (Gives you more time for rug hooking adventures!)Your batiks for the house are just so sweet..

Crispy said...

Love your house. I can't imagine many will be ending up with 366 blocks.....thats a LOT of houses!! I like you idea of a doll quilt :0)

Crispy