A friend who is no longer able to quilt had attended a shop hop several years ago and collected kits at each shop for blocks designed like little buildings. She had made a few of the blocks from the kits (each kit made two identical blocks) but never finished.
When the finished blocks and remaining kits were given to our quilt group I became the designated finisher.
I made the rest of the blocks - except for a few that did not match the character of these (a Sunbonnet Sue, a Moose, and a Birdhouse). This left me with 11 building blocks and I wanted 12 for the layout I had in mind. So I designed a new block and made it out of a combination of my stash and leftovers from the kits.
I created a center from some orphan blocks left over from the Celtic Dreams quilt. To this I added the 12 blocks of buildings and then I needed something for the corners. A paper-pieced pine tree was just the ticket.
I did some of the quilting using decorative stitches on my new sewing machine. I started with some pine trees on the outer border.
Then the inner border got a line of houses.
And then each building got a cat - in the window or on the doorstep.
I had another set of the building blocks left so I will feature that quilt tomorrow.