Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday Lane Hop!

"Just a hint of peppermint and every single thing begins to feel like Christmas..." 

Can you tell, I like red?   The only thing I'm missing is a red and white stripe, then it could be Candy Cane Lane.    My husband thought it was cute too, and so clever to use wool "snow" on the rooftops - thanks to Jill of Jillily Studio for providing this free pattern for ust to try!  I can picture making a whole quilt of this little village. 

The little houses were a snap to make.  Here's my time-saving tip for sewing "Stitch & Flip" corner triangles:
   Instead of drawing a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back side of all the background squares,  I added a strip of painter's tape to the deck of the sewing machine, aligned and centered it with the needle.
  Next I lined up the point of the square with the edge of the tape, and began stitching.
The point lines up with the edge of the tape as it travels all the way to the end.  Watch this video:



I chain-pieced all the units on one side, then trimmed the seam allowance to 1/4", pressed and repeated the process with the other side to form the perfect roofline - sew easy!

I had fun quilting little details:


And here's the finished project.  Cuteness!

I'm hopping in today with SewWeQuilt's Holiday Lane Pillow blog hop, getting a little Christmas Spirit and yes, Christmas music has been blaring at our house! 
Now let's see what's happening with everyone else on today's Holiday Lane:
     Quilt n Queen
     Quilts My Way
     Quiltscapes (Thanks for coming - see you soon!)
      Espritpatch
    Mary Jo - that other blog
 
Thanks to our Hostess and Cheerleader, Pauline.  She's got master lists on her blog HERE.  And be sure to visit our fearless leader, Madame Samm, who has some wonderful prizes for this Hop over at Sew We Quilt.  She's also got quite the collection of Pinterest boards, be sure to check them out! 

Meanwhile, here's a favorite little tune for your enjoyment.  You'll be all a-glow... from your head to mistletoes!!
 

63 comments:

Calicojoan said...

I love your red too. What a fun pillow!

Sue said...

Lovely pillow, I love Red too!
Happy Christmas.

memmens said...

This is so very lovely, gorgeous quilting - you should be so proud!

Melinda said...

Red is my favorite color! Gorgeous quilting on yours and great tip about the painters tape!

gpc said...

It's beautiful, I love it in reds!

Linda said...

Your pillow is just beautiful! It looks really great in red!!

Abbigail said...

What a beautiful pillow! I really like all the quilting you did on it..makes it even more beautiful! Great idea on the tape! I hate having to mark all those little squares when I'm making something and this will sure save a lot of time. Thank you!
hulseybg at gmail dot com

Ellie Q said...

Fantastic quilting! I like all the reds too!

krislovesfabric said...

Wonderful pillow, thanks for sharing!

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Great pillow- absoutley wonderful ! Thanks for the tip too- am doing mine in applique since I haven't tried piecing but now I will!

Jane's Quilting said...

How cute, I like the curtains in the windows, makes the houses look really homey.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I use that same method for sewing those triangles. :) I love your reds - I'm a red girl too and have it with yellow in my bedroom. But my favorite of all is your quilting - it's gorgeous! blessings, marlene

Carol S. said...

I love all the reds and your stitching just makes it all the more beautiful...I love your pillow! The back of your quilt is so cute, too. Thanks for sharing a little tutorial and your gorgeous pillow. :O)

Gill said...

I love your red houses! and thank you for showing us your quilting from the back

Rachel said...

Beautiful! LOVE the shot of the back, thanks for adding that!

Rachel said...

OOPs, hit submit too soon, also love the tips, painter's tape is one a my favorite tools!

sew.darn.quilt said...

Great tip, I've used painters tape on a quilt top as well to follow a quilting design! It's fabulous stuff!
Your pillow is redlicious! :)

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

Your pillow is beautiful!! I love the colors choices and quilting!

Anonymous said...

All those reds was a great choice. The pillow looks so cozy!

SIMPLESEW said...

very very excellent handwork........

beaquilter said...

cute pillow and nice to see the quilting!!

Anna said...

love the quilting, the pillow, the fabric choices...the whole dang thing!

Sandy D said...

Awesome.The Red fabric is a great idea. The tutorial is a good idea Thanks

Sunshine Girl said...

What a lovely pillow - I love all the quilting you have done it.

Needled Mom said...

That looks fabulous. I love how the windows appear to give off an evening light. Nice job.

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Great pillow and my favorite part is the quilting you did on the pillow.

Kate said...

I love it - everything about it!

BizyStitches said...

Thanks for the tip. Your pillow is great. Thanks for being in the fun hop.

Judy B said...

Lovely pillow, very festive! Thank you for sharing.

carla said...

Hi!!! Very pretty and I love your windows!!!!

Fischtown Lady said...

Love your pillow!
Greetings from Germany, Marita

Mary said...

Great pillow, Love all the read. Thank you for sharing.

paulette said...

Adorable!
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Martina said...

Oh I love it too! Very sweet and I love those curtains!

Quilt n Queen said...

Deonn, I love all the red fabrics...that is my color. The curtains in the window...cute and your quilting is simply outstanding. Your festive pillow...let's say is fabulous. Great job! Thank you for sharing your time and inspiration with us today. Happy stitching, Pauline

Farm Quilter said...

Love your village!! Your quilting really enhances the pillow - as a longarm quilter, I am always interested in the quilting!!! Great job! Oh my goodness, your tip with the painter's tape is soooooooooo perfect!!! I hate drawing that line on my HSTs and I am so going to give this method a shot!

Farm Road Quilts said...

You love red like me! Pretty pretty.

barbara woods said...

lovely

charlotte said...

Very nice job Deonn. Love it!

Judy1522 said...

Your pillow turned out beautiful and thanks for the tip with the painter's tape.

pinsandneedles said...

Love all your reds Deonn! Your quilting in amazing! Just lovely!

Lesley said...

Simply gorgeous! Love your fabrics and your wonderful quilting!

Teatime Creations said...

What beautiful quilting. Reds are sew pretty and the window curtains make it very homey.

Rosemary B❤️ said...

Rosemary B here: yep, painters tape is the best invention ever.
I do use it on my machine too. I would love to kiss the person who invented this tape ヅ
Well, your pillow is super amazing and marvelous. Love all of the fabulous quilting technique very inspiring for me, a humble beginner with eyes wide open.
Thank you so much for sharing your creativity

LJ said...

Cuteness!! - for sure!! As always you "do" things so beautifully. Love the extras esp. the curtains at the window. Thanks for the sewing tip; you have the niftiest tricks and you're always so eager to share. :)

Beth said...

My favorite color is red too! Your pillow is fabulous. Thank you for sharing.

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

What a beautiful pillow...love your quilting...TFS!!!

JudyCinNC said...

Your shades of red pillow is wonderful and unique. Thanks for sharing. Judy C

Jill Finley said...

Hi Deonn--I was here early this morning, and got distracted by the choir music and spent the morning quilting to "Come Thou Fount." Now I am back to comment on how cute your pillow is! Love the red--my favorite, too. I do the same thing for my corners. Happy Quilting!
Jill

evelyn said...

Wonderful job. I love the red fabrics. Your quilting is awesome.

Ariane said...

Your pillow is beautiful!! I love the quilting you did!!

Rina Mason said...

Love the pillow! Red is my favorite color and the quilting is beautiful. Thanks for the painters tape tip.

Janarama said...

Beautiful pillow. I love the reds you used and all of the quilting. The painters tip is brilliant. Thanks for sharing with us.

Sandi said...

I have never felt comfortable mixing my reds but after seeing what you have done I wont worry about it in the future...I can't decide though if I love the front or the back of your pillow more...lovely quilting..

Kay in NJ said...

Love this. The snow is like icing on the cake - just the perfect touch.

Michele said...

Just wonderful and thanks for the tip. I will definitely use that one from now on.

Deb C said...

Thanks for the sewing tip! I love red, too! :-)

Ale jc said...

Deonnnnnnn this is gorgeous...surely it would have made it in our top choices...your stitching and selection of fabric is over the top wow

Cyndi loves to stitch said...

WOW oh wow I love the back almost as much as I love the front.......seeing it all white gives me ideas for more........... LOVE the inspriation I found here!!!

Debi said...

Love your hint of peppermint Lane--very cute. Thanks for the sewing tip as it would make a huge difference when sewing lots of triangles. Thanks for sharing the pillow and the tip.

MoeWest said...

Just beautiful! I love your fabrics and the quilting!

Kim said...

Your pillow and quilting is beautiful!

Sallie said...

I love red, too, and I love your pillow!