Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Iron Craft #10: Home Is Where The Heart Is

This week's challenge:

"make something for the home or something using that uses an image of a house or is house shaped." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

I was thinking about what I was going to make for this challenge while walking into my bedroom.  My eyes rested upon our "seen better days" quilt.  I hand sewed this entire quilt using old clothes and scraps while I was in university. It was something to keep my hands busy when I wasn't doing homework.  I finished hand sewing it in 2003 after I graduated.

I was beautiful and pristine and one point.

See? This is the quilt after being on our bed for almost 4 years.  The baby is Logan at only a few months.

Then the kid grew and we had another one. And they learned how to pull themselves up on our bed by grabbing handfuls of my hand sewn quilt and pulling with all their might.  No match for a quilt made from worn out clothes.

Now it looks like this....

Eeep! And yes, that's Maya the Cat's favourite handout. I even caught Lane pulling the batting out of the quilt by the chunkful yesterday.  Grrr....

I've patched it a few times, but it's time for a new one.

So for this challenge I got started on a new (much stronger) one. Now that I've learned a thing or two about quilting, it will be made much better. Although our current one is 10 years old and has been through 2 rambunctious babes and a kitty, so it's time for retirement.

Check out all the blocks I've made using various patterns with houses featured on them.

There is the School House block.

Schoolhouse Block

And the Country House block.

Country House Blocks

And the Home Sweet Home block.

Home Sweet Home Blocks

And the Log Cabin in a Field block.

Home Sweet Home (top) Log Cabin in a Field (bottom)

I'm making 5 of each and there are a total of 6 different "houses" that I want to make.  We're missing House on a Hill and House in a Field blocks from this bunch.

They are all different widths so that they don't end up in perfect little square lines on the quilt. Hopefully I'll be able to do the math and make it all come together.  I'll keep you posted with the progress! :D

And to see all the cozy home projects the Iron Crafters have come up with this week, please visit the Flickr Group.


kat said...

THis is going to be fabulous! Can't wait to see it when it's done.

Anonymous said...

I've been following all your house-making with interest and I'm dying to see how you put them all together! :)