Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Fanciful Stitches: Nice Neighborhood

This nice quilt, Nice Neighborhood, was inspired by the lovely neighborhood where I live. Perhaps you are familiar with it? That's my house in the center. If you'd like to move in next door, I invite you to see the complete pattern and instructions for building the neighborhood in my new book, Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts. If we get enough quilters on the block, we can form a neighborhood watch and call it, The Quilt Police.
Like any well groomed neighborhood, our flowers are made with Lazy Daisy and Ermine Stitches, French Knots and Cross Stitches fill up the grass, and a Couched sun glimmers in the sky. We are the envy of every city in the western hemisphere! (The eastern hemisphere already having beautiful neighborhoods.)

If you would like to live in our neighborhood and would like to win a Fist Full of Thread! to stitch your house down, please leave a comment here today. Tomorrow I'll announce the lucky winner so please stay tuned!

73 comments:

Barbara said...

Love the arched tree trunk - looks like our street after hurricane Hugo !

and it's Tuesday !! =}}

Beth from Maine said...

I especially like the notches in the roof line with french knots to continue the line. Very clever.

Gene Black said...

I would love to live in the neighborhood. However, I have banished all Quilt Police - I am in constant violation of some silly rule. Maybe we could call our Watch Group - Knot Right. (I think it would describe me, and probably a few others! LOL)

Helle said...

What a lovely neighborhood! I would love to live in the pink house, Thanks for the chance! Greetings from Seoul.

Maggie Szafranski said...

A quilter's paradise! So would the quilt police put you in quilt jail, where you have to produce the perfect 1/4" seam for bail?

Terry said...

Looks like a great neighborhood for me . . .although, I've operated outside of the "quilt law" for years so probably am at the top of the Quilt Police's most wanted list!!! LOL

Sandra said...

Won't you be my neighbor ... YES.
It's a wonderful neighbor. Makes me inspired to finish my quilt from class. But first I've got to work on my own teeny tiny hand applique project for the Alliance.

Edith Bieri said...

Would love to live in the neighborhood and win a fist full of thread!

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

what a wonderful neighborhood! count me in!!!

thesewinggeek said...

Gee I too would love to be your neighbor.
As for the quilt police I received a lanyard from the "Grey Cup" (Canadian version of the Super Bowl held in Nov. in different cities each year... That time in Toronto) This lanyard had a whistle on the end. Although I am not a football fan I was convinced to go to the 3 day celebrations in Toronto with my husband and friends.
For certain reasons this became such a memorable time and I wanted to use the lanyard but for what? So using my twisted sense of humour I put my quilt guild id on the end near the whistle and my Quilty pins up the lanyard. I thought it was hilarious. I could blow it when the quilt police come. When I tell that story no one seems to think it is as funny as I do. Not even Quilty people. I have stopped telling that story.... But I still have a great memory of my time and it is very special to me.
Would I fit into your neighbourhood? lol
I of course would love the thread too!

Nancy said...

The view from the tall pink house must be lovely.. I'll move in there!

Mary Andrews said...

I'd like the tall skinny house since that is what I am not, a little incentive maybe to fit into it.
Mary

Jane said...

It does look like a nice neighborhood.
Jane

YankeeQuilter said...

If we join the quilt police do we get fabric donuts?

Suzanne said...

My kind of neighborhood! Love the tree.

Deborah said...

Another very cute design. Loved the Valentine pattern too. Hope I win !!

Quiltbug said...

I love the rainbow sun!! I have your book on order so am loving all these projects you are showing us in advance.

Audrey

Lynn said...

Love the neighborhood and the Valentine design. Thank you!! I love to embellish my quilts with embroidery!!

Jean said...

The neighborhood looks friendly...I'm glad no enormous razorback hogs appeared!

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful neighborhood and love the fun stitches.
I am trying to use new and different ones in my small pieces to get some practice.

Debbie

ConundrumChum said...

Very Nice.

Helen said...

I like houses so very much.... very comforting. Love those colours. I am just beginning to add stitches to my quilts - it reminds me of sewing at school when I was very young... thanks for reminding me of that.
Cheers
Helen

Darlene said...

Your neighborhood looks so fun! I would love to be your neighbor. I have to say this is one of my favorites so far. This book is going on my wish list!

jagarland said...

Love your houses. the one on the left reminds me of a house that was a few blocks from us when we lived in New Jersey. it was x'mas red and green. an eye sore at the time, (15 years ago) but when we go visit, we're in GA now, we always go looking for that house and it's still there, same colors. Love it.
Joan in GA

Cedar Ridge Studio said...

Looks like a nice neighborhood.
Wish ours was green now.
On the bright side with the storm going to block out the sun Wednesday on ground hog day it will mean our winter is over.
Do you ever do winter neighborhoods?
Mary Ann

donna a said...

What a happy neighborhood! And I think that is the funniest hog I have ever seen. Very intimidating! If that were in my yard I would stay inside too. Please enter me into your drawing. That's very kind of you to do!

Janet said...

Another cute stitchery! Thanks for a chance to win.

gill said...

I love this quilt!
Can't wait for your new book to be released in the UK!!

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Laura, I look forward to YOUR comments, almost more than the quilts... wait - did I really say that? Hope the Quilt Police won't arrest me for libelous statements!
Thanks for the fun blog; I love it!

Kandi Corp. said...

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Ruth B said...

I would love to live in that neighborhood. So cute!

Claudia said...

Sew cute! But what will the neighborhood look like tomorrow with 2 feet of snow!

Michigoose said...

A neighborhood not afraid of color and no ice. I'm in. :)

Hi! I'm Lisa said...

and two cats in the yard...It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood - even in a snowstorm.

susan said...

Laura - I would LOVE to be your neighbor, and I can't wait until my preordered book arrives! Reminds me of Mr. Rogers: "Won't you be, won't you please, please won't you be my neighbor?" I'm moving in real soon! I thought we would be the Stitch Police.....

Have a great day. THanks for the heart valentine pattern, and for letting me be in your fistful of thread drawing.

Mommarock said...

I'd love to move next door, but I need another mortgage like I need a hole in my head.. maybe you could just move your house next to me??? I'd love to have a quilter in the area.

judi said...

Happy gardens in your neighborhood!

Madalene said...

Love the stitching on that neighborhood!

Nancy said...

It is great and I really enjoy your comments.

JoanDeArc said...

Great neighborhood! I'd like to build one with a fist full of your beautiful threads!! :)

Sheila said...

Beautiful neighborhood!
Any suggestions on how to "decorate" your "Pretty Spool" pattern? I bought your kit and have it made....just need to win a fist full of thread to decorate. :)

Zizophora said...

Love the sun and flowers! All that's missing is a giant razorback hog.

Carol Kamin said...

Oh, you made me homesick for my house in Colorado where I could walk down the street to consult with a dear friend who was in my critique group. Sigh.

Gerrie said...

I adore your houses!!

EKRLM said...

how cool it would be to live in your neighborhood with the happy houses. :-)

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PJ Howard said...

Just so long as the quilt police don't look too closely at my bindings! What fun!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

You are so much fun! You are making this old lady dream again. Thanks! I can't wait for my book to get here and I would love to live in your neighborhood.

Billie in TX

Kathleen GP said...

Lovely stitchin' in the 'hood, Laura!

It is so much fun to browse around on the "You might also like..." on your site.

Thanks for another chance to win the fistful of threads!

Carol said...

I'm Moving IN!!

Fiberholics & Proud! said...

I am new to your blog but will be back often! Your style suits my happy place.

Quilt or Dye said...

Very nice flowers!

CascadeQuilter said...

It looks like a great neighborhood.
Susan

SewLindaAnn said...

Definitely looks like my kind of neighborhood! I'd keep that couched sun out all the time.

Trillian said...

I love your quilts and the funny houses.

Debbie said...

I would love to live in your neighborhood, Laura! But, not in a crooked house, LOL. Of course, I'd like to win a fistful of threads!

Wendy said...

I am lovin' ALL these houses! Can't wait 'til the book comes out!
Thanks for the opportunity at some of your beautiful and yummy threads!
=-)

lupansgirl(at)gmail(dot)com

taiqi said...

I love your neighborhood, but where is the snow? Old fashioned neighborhoods where kids could play without fear of being kidnapped. Surely those exist somewhere. I guess I had a golden childhood. Played until dinner--all the mothers leaned out the door and yelled"dinner" at 5:30--then after dinner--more play, .Not 3 hours of homework like today.
YEA!!!for neighborhoods. Janet Wright Friday Harbor Wa

Marcia W. said...

I like the uneven notches in the house roof with the little embellishments. Thanks for the opportunity to win a fist full of threads so can build some houses!

Karen said...

Now there's a lively neighborhood! My favorite is the couching. I never thought of that design.

Charlotte said...

Looks just like my neighborhood minus 18 inches of snow!

Marybeth said...

It doesn't look like it is -4 degrees in your neighborhood like it is in mine. It was -22 when we left Yellowstone Park this morning. Your neighborhood looks warm and inviting!! Marybeth

Grovenore said...

Love that neighbourhood; looks like my kind of place!! Would love to win some of your threads

Grovenore
Alberta, Canada

Joy Creations said...

What a wonderful neighborhood. I'd love to live there!

Frummie said...

Dear Laura,
I would love to live in your neighborhood. Maybe Gene could live on one side of me and you on the other...LOL!

Cobi said...

I could only wish living in such a sweet neighbourhood in stead of in a block of flats next to a very busy road. I'd love to make a chance winning your gorgeous thread. thank you for sharing your patterns and giving away our colorful thread.

Jennifer said...

I would love to live in your neighborhood! Even if it gets 26 inches of snow tonight ;)

Maud said...

sitting in the midst of a blizzard warning tonight made your neighborhood look very inviting. Ah, the power of Mother Nature...who has banished the quilt police to the snow drifts.
Maud

Suztats said...

Love your house, and the neighbourhood! And please enter me for some of your gorgeous thread: I'd love to win some! Thank you.

Jan in AZ said...

I would love to live in your colorful & cheerful neighborhood - as long as the quilt police don't move in!

WandaM said...

Love your neighborhood! Quilt Police!! lol

Diane said...

Love the neighborhood!

TJM wanna be quilt artist said...

Love the neighborhood,would love to move in

Olga Schrichte said...

Let's try this again... I'd love to live in the peachy-pink house. I think it suits me perfectly and I'm sure there's a freshly brewed pitcher of iced tea waiting inside!
Olga