Finally, after showing you lots of houses, it's time to show you how they all came together in a quilt.
I admit I dithered over hot to put the blocks together because I felt as though I had to do something super special because so many people had contributed to the quilt with their beautiful house blocks. Some of the options I played with were pieced people or trees amongst the houses. I thought it could be fun to add a quote with pieced words, or a quirky border of some sort. Maybe I should use one unifying fabric or colour as sashing between all the blocks.
In the end I realised I was overthinking it - it was the houses themselves that made this project special. It didn't need fancy things added that would take away from the beautiful pieces people had sent me.
So keeping the focus on the blocks. I added joining strips here and there, and made some cubby houses for areas that were bigger. It was like playing with a giant puzzle. It came together without too much trouble. The main thing I added was a flower in the bottom left corner on Karen's block to tie in with Kelly's blue daisy in the top right corner. The flowers are by no means matching but they do add just the littlest bit of coherence to the quilt. I also hand quilted the quilt with lots of different coloured perle8 thread with different patterns to suit the different houses.
You have to love a husband that spends his day off messing around with ropes and ladders to help me get a photo of a quilt amongst trees.
I hadn't sewn on a hanging sleeve so colourful pegs had to do.
Before long some of the pegs flew off!
But it made me think the quilt was trying to show off it's backing.
So here's a photo with a tree in the way... as you can see I used a mix of fresh green and blue fabrics. I love raiding my stash to make pieced backings.
Some of the houses had special placements in the quilt. These two houses are made by Marg and Shay. They are best friends who met through blogging. In real life they live on different sides of Australia but in Daisy Town they're neighbours.
I put LeeAnn Nifty's quilt in the middle of the quilt because her house was the beginning of the quilt.
Other blocks just looked right together.
As for the name - I think Happy Days in Daisy Town says it all.
|Happy Days in Daisy Town by Rachaeldaisy, 90 x 60 inches.|
Thanks to all of the wonderful people who contributed to this fun quilt, and thank you to all the people who have followed along reading about each of the houses. I hope it meets your expectations.
If you're new to this project you can jump back in time to previous posts to read more here.