Colonial House

Winter Cottage House quilt pattern

 

Colonial House pattern on Etsy

 

We usually vacation in winter.  Last year, however, with a move over 400 miles and then dealing with a major earthquake, I didn’t have a chance to plan a vacation.  The mountains here are also very dry this year, not a speck of snow on them.  So we decided to stay home.

 

 

Winter Cottage House quilt pattern

 

Colonial House pattern on Etsy

 

I love the outdoors and I love camping.  Weather permitting,  we camp most of the time when we visit the parks of California.  One year we went to Kings Canyon National Park and it was already too cold for camping.  We rented a cabin during that stay. 

 

In a nearby building, there was a very large common room with a gigantic fireplace for everyone’s use.   We would go there later at night when most people had already left and have the place to ourselves.

 

 

Winter Cottage House quilt pattern

 

 

Since I am a little trip-starved this year, I decided to bring some old vacation memories back by drawing this winter scene which was inspired by the our stay at Kings Canyon.   Very soon it became this Winter House quilt pattern. 

 

It’s a 12″ block, and I added a 2.5″ border all around it.  The fabric used for the border was going to be the sky originally, but then I decided to use white to mirror the snow on the ground.  I embroidered black lines on the doors and windows to add a little more definition. 

 

Then I started hand quilting the slanted dashed lines as if it was raining outside, and quilted solid lines on the snow.  It would be wonderfully cosy to sit inside by the fire on a day like this.  I can also envision changing out the snow for a green and flowery meadow, that would be lovely too!!

 

-Soma

 

 

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22 thoughts on “Colonial House

  • Sandra Daugherty February 11, 2015 at 05:42

    I am so in love with your quilt. You are so creative and you captured such a special memory.

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  • Janine February 8, 2015 at 17:26

    Stopped by from Blossom Heart’s linky. So surprised to see TWO Janine’s above!! We are going to have to start a club. ;-) Your mini is just gorgeous!

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  • Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge February 7, 2015 at 10:49

    What a lovely way to bring back memories of what sounds like a great trip! Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

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  • LeeAnna Paylor February 6, 2015 at 13:08

    so creative! Leeanna at not afraid of color

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  • Yvonne February 6, 2015 at 10:40

    What a lovely quilt filled with wonderful memories.

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  • Stephanie February 5, 2015 at 15:01

    Great fabric choices + quilting! I love the way the windows seem to glow.

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  • JanineMarie February 5, 2015 at 10:19

    Your thumbnail caught my eye immediately because I am very fond of “building” quilts. I think this one is adorable. The yellow windows make it look like a cozy, inviting place, and your hand quilted rain is beautiful. Thanks for sharing the backstory, too!

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  • Deana February 4, 2015 at 21:22

    I just love this little house quilt. Quilts with buildings on them are my very favorite.

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  • Diane February 4, 2015 at 13:17

    Your windows just seem to glow and I love your quilting selections. This certainly is a welcoming cabin, captured perfectly in fabric.

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  • Lorna McMahon February 4, 2015 at 05:12

    What a great way to keep the memories alive! Your Winter Cottage does look inviting. Love the sounds of that big fireplace. So cozy! Such a lovely block!

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  • Janine February 1, 2015 at 13:24

    This is a lovely block and great memory of your holiday :)

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  • Cheryl January 31, 2015 at 20:43

    Very nice! I like how the sky is white like the ground along with the hand quilting.

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  • Susie January 31, 2015 at 13:33

    How beautifully your Winter Cottage block has turned out!
    I love it that you make a block that evokes wonderful memories !
    Your extra details all make it come to life! (Especially like the snow on ground!)

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  • krislovesfabric January 30, 2015 at 09:29

    Love your little postcard of your trip, the quilting looks to give it a good depth and texture…mmmm…I like :)

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  • Katy S January 30, 2015 at 07:18

    Such a lovely little quilt! And great memories associated with it, I’m sure.

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  • Kim January 29, 2015 at 19:00

    What a lovely place to stay for a while. It looks like a wintry picture postcard. Another gorgeous block,Soma. I love the slanted dash quilting…’tis so perfect and straight!

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  • Jeneta@PlumJam January 29, 2015 at 17:31

    This block is so lovely! The stitching and quilting detail really bring it alive.

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  • Kathleen January 29, 2015 at 14:01

    Your hand quilting is most excellent!! So straight and perfectly even.

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  • Mary January 29, 2015 at 12:49

    That looks fabulous and I love the quilting.

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  • Susan January 29, 2015 at 11:35

    That blue border with the dark red binding completes and complements this block very well. The blue border seems to make the white sky and snow seem brighter and the red border is just enough of a contrast to everything else to make it pop. Nice job (as usual).

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  • Nancy Angerer January 29, 2015 at 10:13

    You have inspired me! I have never done this kind of quilt before, but 1 1/2 years ago we moved from our much loved home in Illinois to Alabama to be near our oldest daughter. I would love to make a quilt featuring our old home. It was a two story red brick with a porch across the front built in 1926. Would you try to give the idea of the brick with the stitching and if so, how would you do it? I have just joined a quilt guild for the first time, so someone in the guild might be able to give me some advice also.

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  • Beth Strand January 29, 2015 at 10:08

    That is lovely!

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