The Village Square is one of the patterns from the Appliqued Chains section in my book Irish Chain Quilts ;) Those little houses are so much fun to applique!! I love that I can raw edge applique them without using any stabilizer. They are small enough that you can just hold them in place while you stitch them down and it gives them the cutest raw edges!!!
There was a few moments when making this quilt that I was scared it just wasn't going to come together the way I was hoping. I used a Feed Company Layer Cake by Sweetwater for Moda as I wanted it to have a bit of an Americana feel. So while I was making the blocks and just looking at them individually I started to get a little nervous. (ya know how you always tend to second guess yourself at some point in making a quilt . . . please tell me we all do that ;) I can't tell you how excited I got when I put all the blocks together and it was that "oh ya, that was the look I wanted" moment ;)
I quilted this one the same way I did the original only quilting the background and not doing any quilting on the houses or squares. I was going for a sort of Cobblestone effect, ya know, to add to the whole village square effect. I just love how it makes the little houses and square pop out and really emphasis the overall chain design!!
Oh, and if you are wondering why I am making this quilt up again and why I whipped it up so fast (I started it last week) . . . well I am teaching this quilt at the Cedar Chest Quilt Retreat in January and this weekend all of the quilts from the retreat are being hung at the Heritage Festival. Well it sort of slipped my mind that my original The Village Square is currently traveling in a Shop Hop across the US . . . so I needed a new model to hang and fast. Hence the new Feed Company Edition ;) I have to admit, it sure was fun to have an excuse to make up this adorable quilt again. So loving it and once again, I never cease to be amazed at how changing up the fabrics can so change up the look of a quilt!!! I love that!!!!
And that is all for The Village Square - Feed Company Edition :) Be sure to pop on over and check out all of the quilts in the Bloggers Quilt Festival!!! I just love that Amy does this on the same weekend at Quilt Market, it's quilty eye candy galore!!!! Oh, and speaking of Market . . . be sure to pop back in next week as I will be sharing all of my secret Market sewing, so excited!!!!
I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!!