Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Quilt Square for Sian

Hello, dear friends!
It's time for this month's installment of Fiona's Friendship Quilt exchange. For the month of September, we each made a quilt square for Sian. If you know Sian you'll understand the choice of design for this square - Sian blogs at From High in the Sky and her blog emblem is a house.


Sian's color choice was whites/creams/linens so I went digging through my scraps. I also pulled some scraps from my mom's stash and was happy to find a few that worked well together.


I designed a simple house shape and constructed the quilt square using a paper piecing technique. The door, window, and flowerbox were all adhered with a fusible iron-on product then zigzag stitched around the edges. And the flowers and other stitching were done by hand with embroidery floss.

The woven fabric I used for the roof is from my mom's collection and it kind of makes me smile when I see it. When I first inherited my mom's scraps, I saw that fabric and was so excited to make something from it. It's a long narrow piece, and I wondered what my mom intended to use it for originally. Almost two years later, I still haven't come up with something in particular to make, but I did love using a small piece of it on Sian's square.


Sian was such a sweet member of Team Teal. Knowing that, and using my mom's fabrics, I'll admit to thinking about my mom the entire time I was constructing this house block. I just couldn't resist adding a small touch of teal to Sian's square in honor of my mom.



Eleven blocks down and one to go as October will be the final month of Fiona's Friendship Quilt exchange. The end of this project will be bittersweet, indeed.


I loved stitching this house square for Sian. :o)
You can see the other squares I've created for this project by clicking here.

16 comments:

Sian said...

Sian absolutely loves it! I've been showing it to everyone. Part of me wants to wrap it up safely until I put my quilt together and part of me wants to keep it on show where I can see it all the time. I'm proud, too, to have my little bit of teal on there. Thank you x

Jane said...

so pretty!

Ruth said...

I've really liked all the quilt squares you've produced, but this one is exquisite! It shout "Sian!" at me, and it's particularly lovely that some of Marti's fabric is in there. Well done, friend.

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

I already knew how much Sian loves this square, because she told me so. I was excited to see it for myself and it's even lovelier (for that touch of Teal) than I'd imagined. Perfect. I'd just sat down to write the October FQ email and your post popped up!

PS I've signed up for a yoga class starting a week on Monday. Thanks for giving me the push xx

Susi said...

It's lovely and my favorite. I love the colors, my favorite also!

Rhona said...

I love this block and the fact that you did a little embroidery on it. I've just downloaded a tutorial as I fancy trying some embroidery myself. That roof material is Aida, was your Mum a cross stitcher? That's what I used to use it for. x

scrappyjacky said...

It's absolutely gorgeous,Deb....no wonder she loves it.
I was about to sat exactly what Rhona has said about that fabric....I use it a lot for cross stitch....but it does make a perfect roof.

debs14 said...

Brilliant! You have put so much thought into each quilt square, and this one is just perfect!

helena said...

adorable - I love the combination of fabrics and the touches of teal

Abi said...

This is gorgeous Deb. Sian must be thrilled! I love the touch of teal too and will also be sad when the swap comes to an end. It has been so much fun. x

Karen said...

It's fabulous; so Sian, and the touch of teal is a wonderful addition!

Susanne said...

Yes, that house of pale color and light airiness suits Sian!

Jo.C said...

It is beautiful. You are so talented and thoughtful!

Alison said...

Perfect!!
Alison xx

Audrey said...

Deb, that is such a lovely square. The flowers and touch of teal were the perfect details! Can't wait to begin quilting.... xoxo

Gail said...

Oh it's lovely Deb and just perfect for Sian!

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