10/20/14

Door #8

Today I put the finishing touches on the latest door for the Doors of Ireland quilt. This is the door I'm working with this time around.


It was hard to decide to do this, but I used one of my grandmother's vintage handkerchiefs for the curtains in the windows. They haven't seen the light of day in more than 50 years at least, and I decided it was time for this one to come out into the sunshine, even if it did mean cutting it up. 

First, I fused the black section to the background fabric, and then checked for placement of the "curtains" before ironing fusing medium onto them and cutting them to the right shape.


Once I was satisfied with the curtains, I fused them along with the green window frames.


And since I still had plenty of that handkerchief left, I decided to do the same thing on the main window on the lower left side of the block.


This one was done just the same way as the ones above.


And then I was ready to fuse the pieces for the door and the little top hat for the sign.


When that was finished, I did some top-stitching.


I wasn't exactly sure what was on the little sign between the door and the window. It looked a little like a feather plume to me, and so I used one of the fancy stitches on my sewing machine there.

I realized after I sat down here that I forgot to add any kind of door knob. I'll use some sort of hot fix piece there, but I'll need to do that next time I go into the sewing room. For today, I'm finished with this. Of course, I'll be adding in more details once I have the quilt top made and I'm start quilting it. For now, I've taken this door as far as I'm going to.

The next door I'd like to make for this quilt is this yellow one. I'm choosing the doors based on what I think I'm able to do in the process of turning them into quilt blocks, but also for the color and variety. I don't have any yellow doors, and so I'll do this one next time. It should be a little easier than some of the ones I've done recently.


These are all the doors I've made so far.


Also this morning, I did quite a bit of stitching on my "Never Underestimate" piece. I'm about 2/3 finished with this now. It's coming along, but there is still quite a bit to do.


Tonight is my quilt guild meeting, and so I'm wrapping things up in the sewing room. It's time to get some dinner started and get ready to go.

16 comments from clever and witty friends:

Kaisievic said...

Wow! These quilt doors are stunning. You are so talented.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Thank you for laying them all out together. What character they all have and the new yellow door will add to them.

Vicki W said...

I love these blocks!

Sheila said...

Your door block are beautiful, so much detail.

Kate said...

The Door blocks are brilliant! It's going to be such a great quilt when you get it all done.

Quilting Babcia said...

Your Doors of Ireland is one of my favorites of the quilts you've been working on ever since we met! Always love to see progress on this one.

Denise :) said...

This whole project is so out-of-the-box and cool! I can't wait to see the finished quilt! :)

Quilter Kathy said...

I wonder if you should double stitch the line around the singer machine so it doesn't get lost in all the wonderful stitching around it??
Your doors are so beautiful!

Wilma NC said...

One of the coolest things I have ever soon in the quilting world!!

Dana Gaffney said...

Seeing them all together like that just makes me smile :)

Lou said...

Looking good!

Lee said...

Neat idea to use one of your Grandmother's hankies for the curtains. All of your blocks are a-door-able ;)

Dasha said...

I have loved watching you make each of the little doors. What was the original inspiration?? Whatever it was, I love the idea. Nice use of the handkerchief too.

Tami C said...

Your doors are really coming along! I really like you newest one. Your Never Underestimate stitchery is looking great! I'll have to look back and see where you got it. I'd like to do that one too.

Brown Family said...

lovely doors. I would have never thought to make a quilt of doors

quiltzyx said...

How nice to see all the door blocks together. I think the yellow one will add a great POP!

Look how much you have done on 'Never Underestimate'! Zooming right along!