Monday, June 22, 2015

Block Construction

For some time now I have been seeing Block Lotto blocks appearing on various posts.  I finally jumped in and made a few of June's blocks.  These were interesting blocks to make and I am sure will make a really nice quilt for someone with all of the different blues they are going to receive.



I finished up the last row of my Hillside Houses blocks as well.  Now you can finally see the blue sky.  I'm not sure how I will quilt it yet.  I think I need to study it a bit before I attempt it.  An overall pattern will make the houses disappear - I think.  Any opinions????

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We had a fun Father’s Day BBQ here.  The gals cooked for the guys with tons of good food and family.  Our daughter’s family was not able to make it because of sick little ones, but these are our GREAT dads – a reason to celebrate.

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Here are a few pictures of the grandchildren enjoying our cockatiel from yesterday.

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Today was cleaning!!  I have mopped the floor four times and I still feel as though I am sticking to it.  I wonder if it is my imagination at this point.  SIGH





27 comments:

Rhonda said...

Love the houses...maybe quilt each roof in one direction & the houses in another.
Looks like you had a great Father's Day celebration!!

Lara B. said...

Your photos of family are so great! Especially your grandson laughing like that over your birdie, it made me laugh too!
Love how your hillside houses look! I would not know how to quilt them either and keep that nice modern look. Maybe just straightline quilting where there would be clapboard and shingles?

Nat Palaskas said...

Happy Father's Day to the boys! Nice looking boys as well. I love that blue Lotto blocks. My indigo fabric would be perfect for it, but my would be crooked of course! Have a lovely week Mary - Hugs Nat

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Great family photos. I have tried to look away from the Hillside Houses, but after seeing yours - I might just play with that this coming weekend. I like Lara's suggestion of straight lines on the houses and clamshell the roofs - a light grey thread would work on the whole quilt.

Wacky Woman said...

I'm loving that house quilt. Looks like a fun Father's Day.

Barb said...

The houses are a show stopper...always love hearing about your family, you are so lucky

SuperMomNoCape said...

I love that house quilt. I'm not sure how much quilting you're wanting to do, but it would be fun to do some of the roofs in cross hatch and maybe some in scallops to look like Spanish tile. Maybe stitch in the ditch around the defining lines of each house. Some could have match stick quilting to look like siding... oh... you could have so much fun!

It looks like Father's Day was a happy day for all including the Dads.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

great blocks, Mary, but I love th houses!!!!!

Hilachas said...

I like that house quilt. I didn't hear about it in time to jump in for the quillt-along but am thinking I might want to try to make one any way. Yours is lovely and I can't wait how you decide to quilt it. What a wonderful Fathers' Day celebration! Nice to have family get-togethers.

Jeanna said...

The kids faces with the bird are so adorable. Such wonder and happiness.

I love your houses quilt top. Quilting can totally change the look of a quilt so I look forward to seeing what you decide.

Raewyn said...

Wonderful that you had a great Fathers' Day... love the photo of the kiddies with the Cockatiel! I adore your houses too - and good luck with the Lotto blocks!

Michele said...

A sticky floor is the sign of a good time ;-) What a fun gathering!! Maybe straight line quilting on your houses? I've never been a fan of it in the past, but recently I've seen some great quilts with straight line quilting and I've loved them. I'm surprised at how much the lines add to the quilt without being too much. I tried it recently and I do have to say I'm shocked at how difficult it is to quilt a straight line ;-) Who knew?

Cathy said...

I love the blue and white blocks. You made a beautiful neighborhood with your house quilt. Hugs

Maria said...

Great Lotto blocks, good luck in it...
Love the houses and I also think clam shells for the roof and straight lines for the houses.

What a wonderful bunch of Dads...
Cute photos of the kids..

Ah a sticky floor means you had a lot of fun.....

Carla said...

The houses are wonderful! I'm sort of stuck on the quilting too. I was thinking an overall, but you are likely right about making the houses disappear. Hmmmmmm

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

Great quilts, Mary !!! I love the houses :)

Lana said...

I love your quilts...so very pretty...but so is your family too.

Candace said...

As always I love seeing the great photos of your family! Let me guess...you served fresh watermelon? That always finds it's way to my floors no matter what! Your quilts are so fresh, Mary! I would definitely not do an overall pattern as I'm sure your houses will disappear. I might do something different on each roof - chevrons, circles, cross hatches, etc, to give them some interest.
Cheers!

Soma Acharya said...

The shades of blue in the quilt is beautiful. I am sure an idea will come to you about quilting your Hillside quilt when you are least expecting it. The family photos are wonderful, Mary. The laughter on the little boys face made me laugh too. May be you should ignore the floors and retire in your sewing room for now :)

-Soma

barbara woods said...

You have a great ,good looking family

Fleurette said...

Wonderful family photos. I love the houses, have fun quilting it.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Love those house blocks and I love Rhonda's idea about quilting the roofs in one direction and the houses in another........what a lovely family you have! I am basking in the glory of my new granddaughter....I'll send you a photo by email!

Ramona said...

Your Hillside House quilt is wonderful! Great design and I love the colors. I like the idea above of quilting the roofs differently. That would be fun. Anyway you choose will be beautiful. Great family photos, too!

Susan said...

Looks like you have been busy! I love your hillside houses quilt...it's going to be great no matter how you quilt it!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful everything, family included!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

I didn't know you have a cockatiel! I'm sure you've figured out to quilt the houses. Maybe all the roofs the same way? And the walls another design?

OPQuilt said...

Whatever I think about doing, I can see you've already tackled and finished it, and the latest is the houses quilt. I've downloaded all of the blocks, but haven't even cut out one, and here yours is, all done! I love it. I agree that more specific quilting is needed, and I see that there is a suggestion or two in your comments section.

I love seeing photos of all your grands together--makes me smile.

Elizabeth