Monday, January 28, 2013

More Than Meets the Eye...

I once heard a take-off on a familiar saying that kind of stuck with me when it cames to trying out new stitching methods. It goes like this: "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." That was a little of how I felt getting into the creation of this small "Happy Villages" quilt. There are tons of mistakes, but still the process as a whole was worthwhile. It took some time as I cut, and glued, and netted, and stitched my way to completion of a fantasy town using the instructions in Karen Eckmeier's book. Making the village is quite a spontaneous and whimsical exercise. And the project built some new skills that will hopefully take me to more achitectural and landscape quilts.


Here's the instruction book I used. It's full of clear directions and inspiring ideas. You can see more of Karen's villages on her Quilted Lizard website here.


I was working on the project around Christmas, and it had me looking at Christmas cards in a new way. I kept several of them that had village scenes and have tucked them into the book. I could see this card serving as the inspiration for a wintry village. All in all, a fun project worth repeating!


4 comments:

Nancy said...

Well Nancy, I have to tell you I am impressed....Your village quilt is beautiful and the work so detailed....

I love your adventurous spirit in your quilting...You always leave me amazed at all the new things you try....

Valerie said...

It's beautiful! I rather like just jumping in and learning as I go on a real project myself. You always have beautiful projects in the works and you FINISH them too.

Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

I'm sure there is no architecturally perfect village in existence in the entire world - so why should this one be perfect. It would take away some of the charm and it certainly has tons of that. It's a magical place where I could get lost wandering here and there for hours. Love it. xoDonna

Susan said...

Wow, very interesting.