Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Plan for a Housing Development

I have been falling in love with wonky house quilts. I love Clare's, and Sarah's, and Lisa's, and Laura's. I have to make a child's quilt and I was wondering if I should make houses.

Sarah had specific rules about one of hers, yellow windows, dark roofs, etc. I went into the sewing room and started pulling fabrics, but, as Emeril says, I just wasn't feeling the love.

I love the bright happy colors in Laura's. I love the whites in Lisa's. I love the divine wonkiness of Clare's.

But my head hurts from working on my Laughing Out Loud quilt (about which I am in a quandary, but more about that another day), and I have learned that if I can't think, then the thing to do is to do something else.

Last night I was chatting with a friend and I thought of the kids coloring.

BINGO!I grabbed a sharpie and a stack of copy pager and roughly and quickly drew some wonky houses. Tomorrow I shall bring them to work and make several photocopies of each, then I shall mail them to my nephew and niece and ask them to color them, and then mail them back to me.

I can then interpret their color choices in fabric, and the result will be a meaningful quilt for their sibling!

NOW I'm excited.

20 comments:

Trisha said...

What a great idea!

Callie said...

The children should love being part of the design of their quilt. Super!

Judith said...

Isn't it funny how ideas just pop into your head as if from nowhere. Seems like a super idea to me.

Clare said...

Second row down right hand side - love it. Ditto second row up right hand side.

What a brilliant idea. Tell them to go mad!

Joyce said...

Great idea. I'll be watching to see what they come up with!

jovaliquilts said...

Totally brilliant idea!!

Vivian said...

AB-SO-LUTE-LY fantastic idea. Looking forward to watching it come to life.

laura said...

sometimes ideas just free-fall, don't they? the kids will be so excited to see their work come to life in a fabulous way!

ROZ said...

The kids will love it.

angelabe said...

Buon lavoro!

Kim said...

Great idea!
How about that Safin game?
I hate to see him go.
Keep us up to date on this idea.....

Happy Sewing,
Kim

Judy in Michigan said...

What about transfering the children's coloring directly to cloth (via scanner and printer) and then sewing them together with sashing?? But your idea is great as well. Can't wait to see the progress.

Mary C. said...

Wow! Super idea! I'd love to see it when it is done.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I just love those EUREKA moments . . . they seem to turn into some of my very favorite quilts!!

Have fun with your housing project!

Sara said...

That is such a COOL idea!!! Perfect!

Derby said...

Inspiration before perspiration.

Tina said...

That is such a great idea!

Magpie Sue said...

What a brilliant idea. Don't those kids have a fantastic auntie!

Sarah said...

thanks for the link! and i love your solution for your houses - perfect!

mamaspark said...

I made some wonky houses and now have a BOM here http://maryquilts.com/mama-sparks-my-neighborhood-bom/ I fused the fabric and then cut them out. I had to make the patterns after I was done. I know that you did the liberated letters so thought you might like to do the same with your houses? Whatever you do it will be fun!