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Monday, January 2, 2012

On a house hunt

Three things to be happy about:
(1) the ritual of making soup
(2) remembering to drink eight glasses of water
(3) brown paper bags

Today is the day the 5 cents per bag tax goes into effect in Montgomery County, whether paper or plastic.  I usually keep bags in the trunk of my car to use - then I usually forget to take one into the store and have to use theirs.  Which was no biggie, but now I'll have to pay for em.

I've been testing block designs for the wonky house block swap every once in awhile, here's one I didn't post yet:

Isn't it cute?  I think it may be a keeper but think if I use this one I may want to make it a bit smaller, leave more room for landscaping.

Here's another one I made by combining smaller versions of two blocks...

I'm not too sure about this one but if I use this pattern I'll have to watch those bias edges, though. 

Then I decided I wanted to create a block from scratch; I did one that was entirely awful so I decided to stop using my "good" fabric and switch to "ugly" to make the test blocks. 

Here's one I did yesterday that's not so bad, design-wise...

I figured, okay I think I have one I can be happy with!  Then I made it with "good" fabrics...

but I think it lost something in the translation!

Yesterday just wasn't a quilty day for me, some days are like that.

I think the problem is I have too much contrast between the house and roof, or maybe it's just an unredeemable block altogether.  So I'm going to regroup and try it again.  Maybe tomorrow...

Sew forth and sew on


  1. Looking at the idea makers and then at yours, I think you need to angle the sides of the house more.

  2. I didn't hear about this BAG tax, but I'm originally from Denmark and over there you pay something like 50 cents or more for a plastic bag at the store, now they are sturdy, but most people bring their own or pack in a box or whatever.
    cool houses

  3. I like them all. I started to make another one yesterday, and just couldn't get my creative juices flowing. Today, I feel a house coming on.

  4. I think your houses are all keepers. I haven't been over thinking this project - trying to use up some of my scraps along with my brights. I love the way everyones houses are completely different.


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