Monday, January 28, 2019

Quilt #47 :: Sibling Neighborhood

The last quilt I shared was my niece's mermaid quilt. It reminded me that I still haven't shared the quilt I made for her mom, my sister, Carisa. I just started my 7th year of quilting, and there are several quilts from my third year of quilting (2015) that I never shared in a post. I'm not sure what was going on back then, but I vaguely recall that my brain was pretty fuzzy a lot of the time and it was easier to quilt that write about quilts. But this year, I'm going to catch up!

I often joke that my family tree is more of a family bush, because of a few divorces. One of (many) things I love about Carisa is that she strives to have a relationship with each of us in our own way. I don't live physically close to any of my siblings (or Niels' sister), so I have made each sibling's family a quilt. 

The pattern I chose for Carisa's quilt is inspired by Welcome to the Neighborhood by the prolific and uber-talented Elizabeth Hartman. It's included in her book Modern Patchwork. Elizabeth made this version of her quilt for another of my favorite quilt designers, Violet Craft. 

Quilt made by designer Elizabeth Hartman for Violet Craft.
I love the Eichler-inspired houses, and the design worked well with my idea of including a family photo and monogram with each sibling's house. I did have to adjust the block to include a door.

I printed photos of each family on Kona white fabric. 

I didn't have a photo of my sister Liz and her husband with their fur baby, so I added Meryl by the front door. 

With all the applique, I was able to see how teeny tiny my Pfaff was able to make the stitches. (Spoiler alert: VERY tiny!)

I used images of my house and Carisa's house for the label.

I often forget to take pictures of the back of my quilts, but I'm glad I remembered with this one. 

 It was fun to tell D about his aunts and uncles and cousins when he looked at the finished quilt.

The best part of this quilt for me is that we were able to deliver it in person on our way to Russian Camp.  Liz came over and got her quilt, too.

It was so fun to see D and his cousin play together with the quilt. 

When Carisa and family came to spend Thanksgiving with us the following year, they brought the quilt with them. The cousins had a sleepover and I about died from cute.

And with that, I have shared all of my sibling quilts! To recap:

For my brother Chris and his wife, Kelly, Divided in Football, United in Love.

For my brother John and his wife, Mary, Tool Tattoo.

For my brother Jake and his daughters, Sew It Forward for Jake.

For my sister Liz and her husband, Chris, Love Burds.

And for my sister-in-love, Ingrid, Floating Fireworks.

One of my goals this year is to finish writing posts for each of my quilts. This quilt was finished in 2015. You can see what I'm currently working on by following me on Instagram at deJongDreamHouse.

Linked to:

BOMs Away @ What a Hoot
Design Wall Monday @ Small Quilts & Doll Quilts
Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts
Monday Making @ Love Laugh Quilt
Moving It Forward @ Em's Scrap Bag
What I Made Monday @ Pretty Piney

Colour & Inspiration Party @ The Clever Chameleon
Linky Tuesday @ Free Motion on the River
To Do Tuesday @ Stitch All the Things

Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter
WIP Linky Party @ Silly Mama Quilts
WIPs on Wednesday @ Esther's Blog

Needle & Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation

Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Off the Wall Friday @ Nina Marie

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  1. What a precious house quilt! Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. The way your personalize your quilts never fails to amaze me. Beautiful, and thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday!

  3. That quilt is amazing! I love the ways you tweaked the pattern and make each house so special. It looks like all of the quilts you make for people are incredibly personal.

    I also need to catch up on writing about quilts. It's so hard to find the time! Maybe we can both cross that off our lists this year.

  4. What a great story and how lucky everyone is to receive such beautiful works of love from you!

    I listened to your interview on Pat Sloans podcast and I had to rush over and read your blog...and follow of course lol.
    Thank you for sharing your world of quilts love with us

  5. Great idea to put the pictures in the windows - makes a very special quilt!

  6. That’s a really charming neighborhood quilt, so personal and pretty. A nice collection of quilts for all your family as well.

  7. I love how you put so much thought into personalising all your quilts. This one is a great example of that.

  8. Cute quilt. I love the personal touches you gave it. It's also fun to look back at your other sibling quilts. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.


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