Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Fanciful Stitches: Hill Village

This quilt, Hill Village, is inspired by an imaginary town inhabited by intrepid quilt artists. In my new book, Fanciful Stitches: Colorful Quilts, there are patterns for 18 Hill Village houses (all designed by architects from the Chicago School of Fusing). Each little fused house is made as a unit on release paper. Directions in the book show you how to position the houses on background fabrics in an artful manner. Add a few trees and it's like you've lived there forever.
When it comes to hand embroidery for Hill Village, there is nothing like Needle Weaving to make your cobblestone walkway. Luckily, a Needle Weaving diagram is included in Fanciful Stitches so you don't have to have dirt paths connecting the village structures.Thus keeping your Hill Village neat and tidy.

Now here's something for all you Needle Weavers out there: I'm giving away a Fist Full of Thread! to a random reader who leaves a comment on this blog today.  (Please note: if you win, I have to get your shipping address somehow, so  you may have to leave your email address.)

Please stay tuned for next Tuesday's coverage of another Fanciful Stitches project: the famous House Boat. Is it a house or is it a boat? I don't know but I'll be giving away another Fist Full of Thread! then and every following Tuesday until I cover all 11 book projects. So tell all your friends and come party with me!

83 comments:

Gale, pursuing as much as I can as fast as I can! said...

Oh Laura, I love the village! It makes me think of "The Old Quilter's Retirement Home" I've had in my head for so long. I can't wait to see the book and really appreciate the previews - today's and the upcoming ones.

Janet said...

How fun is this village! When it's cold and drab looking outside we can simply take a trip to Stash town and create a warm welcoming village. It doesn't get better than this.

(trekandneedle at msn dot com.)

Jackie said...

This little village is just adorable and it is definitely a place that I could live!! And a fist full of threads would be fabulous to help in creating one!! Thanks for the opportunity!

Cedar Ridge Studio said...

Just what we need some color in this winter wonderland that is all black & white. I love your combo of stitches and quilting. I remember doing the stitching in the 70's
mavs@netnitco.net

Teri said...

I'd love to come live in this little village with the artists in residence and learn and grow as a quilter. Delightful!

Teri

Suzan said...

I'd like to live in your village! Love your use of threads, I should use more in my work.

sanann said...

I would love to live in this village. I don't like heights so could I have the leaning house on the bottom right please :) I don't mind leaning...am a bit crooked myself. Sandi (sanann@comcast.net)

WandaM said...

Laura, your quilts always make me smile. You are a gift! Wanda

Carol said...

You know, your book cover is very inviting to open it and take a peek. Thanks for letting us see some of the project inside with a little info to boot. I'm thinking I am going to need a copy!!

Merry Christmas

Terry said...

Your village is just so fun and colorful. I always enjoy reading your blog and drool over your hand dyed thread and fabrics!
quilting00@aol.com

Debbie said...

I just love the little village. Your hand stitching is the icing on the cake with your quilts. I have a little of your thread and just love it

Robbie said...

Well, who wouldn't love to get some of your threads to add to our stash! That way you could 'brighten' our day each time we open up that stash box of threads and stitch away!

Nancy said...

Wonderful! Love the comment above about the "old quilters' retirement community". I bet a lot of us want to just move right in! What fun. A fist full?? Every Tues. for 11 weeks? How generous... I'm in with my comment.

Nancy
quiltlegacy@juno.com

Teresa said...

Love the village! Can't wait to get the book! It will be a great birthday present for me in February!

Teresa
Tachap@tampabay.rr.com

creativedawn said...

Ooooo, Ahhhhh, beautiful village! Oh yes, I would love a handful of your wonderful threads!!! love the colors!

hugz
Pam

Frog Quilter said...

I've always loved houses and thread too.... Yum

Lynn said...

I've always wanted to quilt houses and I love your village! Your thread is my favorite for embroidery. I would love a handful!

Mary Andrews said...

I would love a fistfull of your threads. I use your threads all the time and love them. I've tried dyeing my own, but yours look so much brighter and better. Love the little village too.

Mary Andrews
marylynn1@aol.com

Momgunter said...

I can see this wall hanging done in Christmasy fabrics and hung above my extensive Christmas village. What a cute pattern.

PuebloMom said...

oh my goodness. I fell in love with your thread months ago but have not ordered any yet. I hope I win so I can play with some of your colors.

Danielle
loveslove00@aol.com

Jean said...

What a dream! I'd love to live in a town of art quilters...what fun!

Kathleen GP said...

Lots of blog comments will be coming your way, Laura. Thanks for the generous offer. Eleven of us will be very happy, and just in time for stitching when your newest book come out. Looking forward to all the fun!

And the village looks very homey...

Debi said...

So very cute! I will be retiring somewhere just like that (if its overlooking the ocean of course)
your blog is always so fun.
debi
kibbeed@yahoo.com

Dawn said...

Oh what a happy, colorful little village! I would LOVE to live there! And, a fistful of your thread? That would be the icing on the cake.....oops, maybe the woven roof on the fused house. Dawn (quiltdesignsbydawn@yahoo.com)

Jane said...

I can't believe how much the stitching livens up the fused quilts. I'm working on your "Stitching tools: Thimble" and I have to do the stitching now. This really inspires me. Thank you!
jcompeau at tblusa dot org
Jane

Judy said...

Looks like a village I would like to visit! Reminds me of Italy....

Judy Pleiss

Leolady1 said...

Growing up my parents moved 23 times by the time I was in college. Your village reminds me of all the houses. Love it. PS: The classes I took from you in Tucson helped me take huge leaps in creativity.

Cory said...

Your book looks like so much fun. I will need to get it. And your threads are gorgeous. I would love to win some of them. Thank you. Take care and God bless, Cory.

Annie said...

I love, love, love your style and can't wait to get that book! Looking forward to the house boat story. Happy holidays to all.

Annie
www.byannie.com

Gene Black said...
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Gene Black said...

Ooh a fist full of thread is always handy.
I will have to check this full post later. Those houses look fun.

JoanDeArc said...

Adore your town on the hill!! Too cute! I can't wait to incorporate more embroidery into my quilting!!

Carol Kamin said...

These are such teasers for your book! I can't wait until it's released

Esther said...

Hola, Laura.
Yo estoy muy lejos, en Burgos, España.
Pero te visito todos los días, me encanta lo que haces, pero no hablo inglés.
Un beso.
esthersanmartin1@gmail.com

Fiber Artist -Trish Williams said...

I would love a fist full of your thread and I'm throwing my hat into the ring. I check your blog every day and thank you for sharing.

Madalene said...

I have found your website--love Thread-u-cation--and your hand-dyed threads and fabrics a real inspiration. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge and incredible talent.

Peggy Schroder said...

Did someone say threads??? Colorful threads??? I'm not shy, my hand is up! Laura, thank you for sharing so much of your art. You must know I'm a huge fan and I ordered your book oh, quite some time ago, can't wait to sit and stitch when it arrives next spring. Thank you!

Wendy said...

I'm lovin' this! And i think it'll help me decide to buy your book. I always hesitate buying books online 'cause i always want a sneak peak first, and now you're giving me just that!
Thanks also for the opportunity to win some yummy thread. I've purchased your thread in the past and LOVE it.
=-)

lupansgirl(at)gmail(dot)com

Pam said...

I'm in love with this little village and ready to move there. My bags & quilting belongings can be packed in 15 minutes! It would be a delight to bring along a "Fist Full of Thread", too!

Jennifer said...

The warn colors of your village make it truely wonderful and inviting. Took a class recently from you to learn this technique, and I have to admit I love it!

Maggie Szafranski said...

Loving the little village! Your new book is going to be such fun! Hope I win!

Diane J. Evans said...

Love the village! Reminds me of my childhood neighborhood. So here's hoping that #42 is the lucky number (I'm wishing, I'm hoping . . .)

Diane

Jane Moxey said...

Oh this quilt is so charming. Your book, I know will be a great success. Mouthwatering Fusing Loveliness I'd say! Can't wait till it's out! I think you should produce yourself a CSOF Stitchery Guide DVD next! Please put my email (which I know you have) in the hat for this Fist Full of Thread drawing!

Gayle from MI said...

My goodness! Who knew there were so many lurkers here on your blog! Well no doubt you did. I thank you again for your generous sharing of your technique of thread embellishment with all of us.

Marilyn said...

I could see me building a whimsical house for my birthday today !!!!!' I've been stitchin since I was 5 . I'm ten times older than that today ;-)

Sonia said...

Yikes! I'm way down on the list. Read your blog every day. Just like checking in with a dear friend. (I wish!) Ordered your book and see that it will be awhile. Worth waiting for I'm sure.

Margaret said...

Can just imagine afternoon tea in this village chock-full of artists! And a "fist full of threads"...well, could anything be more cheery on this freezing cold day? Thanks!

Liesbeth Wessels said...

I don"t think we have such lovely villages in Europe. So perhaps it is a good idea when I may winn and spread it out in the Netherlands.
I love you colours, threads and paterns. greetings from Liesbeth from the Netherlands

Relentless Toil said...

I have been a huge fan of your work, sense of humor, and singing voice (hee hee) for years and years! SO looking forward to your book.

Marybeth said...

My mentor!! You have taught me so many techniques and styles over the past year or "sew". I love the whimsy of your work and completeness of the end piece - shadows, size etc. Love your stuff!!! Marybeth

taiqi said...

Ah! It takes a village!!!! What a joyous village the architects of the School of Fusing have created. I am looking forward to your book ( already ordered it). Onward to fun and creativity. Janet W. (Friday Harbor)

Dotti said...

This village is so whimsical!

dottididit(at)gmail(dot)com

Merrie Jo said...

I've been a fan of yours for a long time. Can't wait for the release of your new book. Thanks for the give away!
Merrie Jo
trsmjs@gmail.com

WoolenSails said...

This is such a fun project, this book looks to be wonderful.

Debbie

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

The houses are so colorful and happy, a happy place to live :)

Diana Louie, The Village Fabric Shoppe said...

These are wonderful, CAN't wait to see all the projects from this new book.

Vicki said...

Wonderful quilting fun! Can't wait to sit down with a cup of coffee and page through your book...and then head to the quilt room to try out a pattern.

mad elena said...

What inspiration! I'd make one like my childhood home - more urban, less trees!

Gerrie said...

I love your hand stitching and your sharing thereof!! Thank you!!

Deborah said...

Love the houses, actually all loves all your inspiration. Look forward to seeing your book!

Jackie said...

Fantastic! Can't wait to get the book.

cindylee said...

all those off center houses are so you!

Charae said...

Love your colors! Love your work!
Charae

rebecca said...

The stitch info I gain on this blog is awesome. Thnx for the expert help!!

Quilthaze said...

What a fun village. I love the stitching!

Jennifer said...

Great village - reminds me of Seattle homes on the hill!

Sewbig said...

Cute quilt! It made me smile.

TJM wanna be quilt artist said...

so cheery which is needed on this dreary day...thanks for the chance to win..
sailfe52@aol.com

Karen said...

aside from how wonderful your threads are I absolutly love the stitching and quilting combinations you create. My fingers and toes are crossed here! ( means I am typing with my nose...lol)

Denise said...

What a wonderful giveaway. I would love to own some of your thread...

dollie said...

Love the Hill Village. Still working on my first kit from you. Love your threads!

vrgnamgnta said...

big fist? Little fist? Love thread...

Maud said...

Love the preview of a colorful book. Can;t wait to see what is next...and free thread! Not only do you freely share yourself, your talents, your knowledge, now you share your products! What a treat.

Jan said...

What a great little village! I can think of dozens of ways to make this pattern into my own imaginary village! And I would love to have some of your threads :-) jbsharpless@ameritech.net

EKRLM said...

Laura, I've used your luscious threads before. :-) Whoever wins them better use them. (no aging of threads!) :-)
Ellen -

Diane said...

Love your village. Would love to have some of your beautiful threads!! Thanks for sharing your talent and humor with all of us.

Linda said...

Love those houses-----thanks for the chance to win some beautiful threads....

BarbiQ said...

Fantastic houses! It's like waiting for Christmas, these little bits from your new book. BONUS: your blog is delivered to my homepage and these art pieces delight me after work each nite and sometimes keep me from quilting while I enjoy them thoroughly. Thanks for inspiring my imagination with such joyful quilts.

Lisa said...

I love these houses! They remind me of San Francisco. What a brillant idea!

Dionne said...

Jane Moxey sent me to your site. I'm so excited about your new book!
Cheers,
Dionne

TheaM said...

Oh Laura, your village is so colorful! I wish I lived there!
...well, my town is at least as hilly as that! A fist full of your thread would sure brighten my day!

kathleen said...

I know this comment is too late for the drawing, but I had to let you know that your village made my day! Thank you for sharing. I'll check back next week.

Elizabeth said...

this quilt totally grabbed may attention!! Love LOVe the way you have worked with subject and color!!! An instant smile!!!