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Thursday, December 6, 2012


 I finished Willoughby late yesterday afternoon. Five years in the making. It's a good feeling to be finished!
It's a cross between Twilight Zone and Grandma Moses.
Where did it come from? My addled brain.
I was looking for the perfect schoolhouse block in every book, every library and so on. Then I made a bunch of different blocks from the patterns. And not to be wasteful, I decided to turn most of those blocks into a village. Some of it works and some of it doesn't, but it'll keep me warm and that's good with me.
This little village has a post office, a library, A town hall, a depot station. church, school and most important, a Christmas tree farm.
Town hall and depot station
 I quilted a train into the last border. Of course I missed an important feature, the coal car after the engine. That was the first thing Hubby said when he saw it. Opps!
Christmas tree farm and a few cabins in the woods

Library, post office and community garden

 Years ago I found the perfect backing. I liked it so much I even bought it in a cream background.
I'm glad to have this done, it's time to move onto something else. Have any of you seen Bonnie Hunters new quilt-along? I'm thinking about doing it. Thinking...
I'm also glad to be done because my middle back is acting up. It isn't as painful as my lower back. Thank goodness it's not that, so I can at least walk! But the middle is tight and uncomfortable and seems to be affect by sitting in my sewing chair, even with breaks between.
So I may be getting back to an old hand quilting project.
This has be sitting on my UFO basket so long, it has a layer of dust. That's not a fuzzy picture, that's dust. Even the blue lines have faded to a light beige, so hopefully if they don't come out, they'll just be a faint line. More on this quilt later.
Speaking of hand quilting, you should check out Heather's new-old project. It's Fantastic!
And I'll leave you with a picture of the fuzzy paper weight.

I have a meeting tonight and I need to make cookies. It's time to get busy!
Have a wonderful day!

Take care, Brandie


Nanette Merrill said...

It is so amazing. I love it. Five years! Congrats. The trees are great, the pumpkins so cute. Everything. I really love it.

Createology said...

This is fantastic! The fusion of your blocks is like a collage and together they formed a village. You should enter this one in the fair and quilt show. It is sew unique. Dorian looks quite content. Happy Baking...
P.S. Sorry your back is hurting.

Lynette said...

Hey, this is really fantastic! Great things are worth the time. :) I wouldn't worry one teeny bit about that missing coal car. Its soot would mar the view of the Christmas tree farm, anyway! ;D

paulette said...

Gorgeous!! Well worth the five year wait!! haha

Heather said...

So great to finish a long term project. I love your crazy village!

Jean(ie) said...

I like your village. Definitely worth the wait!

Lori said...

I love it!! What a fun unique quilt that is all yours!!