The quilters in my church sewing group exchanged house blocks made from the “Painted Ladies” pattern by Eye Candy at our retreat in September. Many in the group began sewing the houses together, then and there! We all exclaimed with pleasure over the various colorful fabrics used. Colleen and Judy finished their quilt tops by adding borders and asked me to quilt them.
Colleen asked for an edge to edge design of numbers . . . to represent house address numbers. I used gold thread which disappeared in the gold print border but showed up nicely in the white outer border.
Judy asked for freehand hearts and loops to represent the love and friendship of the ladies in our group. I used gray thread to blend with the houses and the gray dots in the background fabric.
For the past four years we have each made a Christmas tree ornament as a reminder of our retreat. This year, I designed a patchwork house ornament reminiscent of the “Painted Ladies” exchange project. I’ll give measurements and instructions below in case you’d like to make an ornament, too.
Patchwork House Ornament, 3″ x 4 1/4,” finished
- Make a Four Patch house with four 1 1/2″ squares. Press seams to one side. The Four Patch measures 2 1/2″ square, unfinished.
- Sew 1″ x 2 1/2″ sky blue strips to opposite sides of the house. Press seams toward the sky blue strips.
- Make a Flying Goose unit for the roof using a 2″ x 3 1/2″ red rectangle and two 2″ sky blue squares.
- Sew the roof unit on top of the Four Patch house. Press the seam toward the house.
- Sew a 1 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ grass green strip to the bottom of the house. Press the seam toward the green strip.
- Pin the ends of 8″ of 1/4″ wide ribbon in two places on the roof unit for a hanger. Align the raw edges of the ribbon with the raw edge of roof unit.
- Layer batting, backing (right side up), and patchwork house (right side down). Pin and sew all around the ornament, leaving a 2″ opening on the bottom edge for turning right side out. Clip the corners diagonally.
- Turn the ornament right side out, press lightly and slip stitch the opening closed with green thread.
- Add decorative machine stitching at the roof line for “gingerbread” decoration if desired.