The Local Quilt: House #1

The Local Quilt

Here’s my first house for The Local Quilt by Carolyn Friedlander. A friend is hosting a QAL for the pattern and January is the first month. Despite all of the planning this quilt/block takes, the piecing process was very easy, but that’s probably because I enjoy paper piecing.

The cool thing about this pattern is that there is a story about each house. This house belongs to Carlos. He paints.

This block is gigantic. Huge. Like 16″ x 20″ huge. <—–That’s an educated guess. There are nine blocks/houses total, although technically, one block is not a house. It’s a grouping of trees.

I’ve got the second and third houses traced onto the paper piecing paper, so I am just waiting for our next get together to work on the second one.

And in a similar spirit, my mom texted me this picture.

House Quilt

I believe this is hanging on my grandmother’s wall. I do not know the story behind it, but I thought it was interesting since I was working on something similar. Mom, feel free to leave a comment explaining how this quilt came about. 🙂

And speaking of Mom and paper piecing, she has been English Paper Piecing.

Mini Dresden Plate

Isn’t it cute? I’m going to make one, too. She gave me all of the templates and the fabrics. I’m in love with it. Her quilt guild does a miniature quilt auction and that’s where this quilt is headed. The 1/2″ straight line quilting…LOVE. The thirties prints…LOVE. The miniature-ness….LOVE. The Dresden plate…LOVE. It’s basically amazing.

  1. Joni’s avatar

    I love paper piecing too! It’s just so exact 🙂 I’m excited to see your “houses” when they are all complete. The trees hanging at your Grandma’s was a kit she purchased from a quilt/fabric shop that was going out of business. She made this when her and your Grandpa were camp hosting during the summers so between 2000-2006. For some reason I can’t remember ever seeing it, but she has it hanging in her dining room and I love it. I’m pretty sure it is pieced, but she did hand quilt it. Now my dresden plate mini, I just have to get up the nerve to start appliquing it to the background. Decisions, decisions 🙁


    1. Lesley’s avatar

      What a great kit! I don’t ever remember seeing it, either. I love the border on it. The trees are pretty sweet, too.

      Good luck on the applique!


    2. Kim’s avatar

      Wow, I love the quilt hanging in your Grandma’s house, it just feels like it’s 100 years old and so rustic. I can almost see this hanging at my Grandma’s on the farm.
      And Joni, your project is so cool! I just love the circles of material and also the red swirrly frame, and the texture on the white material makes you want to just reach out and touch it.


    3. Jan’s avatar

      Good job on Carlos’ house! I love the alternating round/pointed Dresden blades! Really cute mini!



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