Monday, 21 July 2014

Wonky Week

I have spent the majority of my sewing time this week making a wall hanging for a friend's housewarming.

It didn't start out as a wall hanging, that was a bit of an after thought.  Initially I made some improv wonky houses as a test for a bee swap.

Then I remembered I had a housewarming party to attend so I quickly utilised my test blocks and turned them into this.

It sort of grew as I went along.  Once I had the houses made I decided I needed some trees, then I thought a few flowers might look pretty. Then I decided to add clouds and birds and butterflies etc. etc. I kept adding embellishments until I thought it looked finished.

Some free motion quilting finished it off nicely and I managed to finish the binding about 2 hours before I had to leave for the party!

I loved the freedom of improv piecing and I am really happy with how it turned out but more importantly my girlfriend loved it so mission accomplished.

Here are a couple of close ups of each house.

Also this week I fulfilled my July bee obligations with these blocks.

And I got my next project cut up and ready to start.

I am using some of my precious Bonnie & Camille Marmalade fabric.  I decided to use it rather than hoard it!

But the highlight of my week was my no. 2 son's Deb Ball so I will leave you with a picture of my baby all grown up and looking handsome.

Until next time.



  1. Love your wall hanging and blocks! Perfection!

  2. you have been busy! The wall hanging is lovely, what a great moving present.

  3. Your house wall hanging will make a lovely house warming gift! I hoard my Bonnie and Camille fabric too.

  4. Hi Sue! Your House quilt is beautiful and fun! Thank you for inspiration! Teje

  5. I love your ability to improv - those houses are too cute!

  6. Sue, I love your pieced wonky houses - and have no idea how you do that so well without planning ahead! Your star blocks are great too! I hope your son had a wonderful ball! Glad you posted these on Let's Bee Social!

  7. Those houses are adorable! Great way to use your test blocks. :)

  8. You wonky houses are fun and will make the most wonderful gift!!

  9. I am not one bit surprised that your girlfriend loved that wall hanging, Sue. It is just lovely! The stripy binding is the perfect frame. Nice job on all your other blocks, too! Thanks so much for also sharing a picture of your son and his date for the ball. How sweet!!!

  10. Beautiful present- I'd love that! i really like the additions of the clouds and animals!

  11. I would have loved receiving those wonky houses too! Beautiful colors and details! Perfect to add a touch of freshness to a room. Love it!

  12. Love your wonkies, & the not wonkies :)

  13. oh, he is handsome and looks nice also. I lovelovelove your little houses. I have some of those same embellishments, and that wee birdhouse! so sweet. Boy would I like to get that kind of housewarming gift.
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color!
    visiting from lets be social

  14. I absolutely adore your wonky little wall hanging. I love that you added so many details such as the birds in the sky and the rikrak flower stems.

  15. Hello Sue,

    The houses wall hanging is such fun, so cheerful and colourful. Your friend must have been delighted with it.

    It would be lovely if you linked up to Free Motion Mavericks, a linky I have started on my blog every weekend..

    Look forward to seeing you there!

    Love from England, Muv

  16. That wall hanging is absolutely adorable! Lucky recipient!