Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Another project in the Simply Needle and Thread group is my Quilter's Playhouse quilt.

This little piece started out as a carry along project for my bi-monthly hand stitching group called TGIF.  That stands for "Thank Goodness It's Finished".  We have such a good time together.  We meet in the afternoon for show and tell, stitching, laughing, and dessert.  I have been with this group for about 10 years now, I think.  There are 9 of us and we rotate our meetings to each other's homes.  Sometimes we are all in attendance and, at other times, some of us are missing because of travel or other commitments.

"Quilter's Playhouse" is a pre-printed panel that reminds me of the blocks from The Quiltmaker's Gift.  Do you remember that book that came out a few years ago?

This is a really cute story.  I bought the book to read to my grandchildren.  It has a good lesson about happiness.
An accompanying book of patterns was published a year or two later.  I do not have that one.  The blocks in this pre-print do not correspond exactly to the blocks in the story.

I think the reason my little quilt reminds me of this book is the primary colors.

I love to hand quilt, but I don't like to have to quilt through the layers of seams.  Maybe that makes me a lazy hand quilter. LOL

 My solution is to look for these cute pre-printed panels and then finish them off as lap or children's quilts.  Here are close up shots of some of the blocks.

My stitches are not the smallest stitches around but I love doing this.  I do not use a hoop or a frame. I am definitely a lap quilter.

Here are a couple of shots of the back of the quilt.

Of course, it must have a label!

This label was done on muslin written with a Pigma Pen.  I did heat set it before applying it to the quilt.  I used a blind hem stitch to attach it.

I guess by now you would like to see the completed quilt.  You thought I had forgotten, didn't you?

One of the drawbacks to using a piece like this is the way the patterns repeat.  In this one they repeat every three blocks.  I found this piece on the sale table and there was only this small amount.  It is still big enough for me to use to watch TV or do more hand work.




  1. Super cute quilt and your hand stitching is beautiful!!!!!

  2. Wow . I love the colors and the stitching and everything.

  3. Thank you, Bren!!!! I really appreciate you visiting my blog and making comments. It makes writing it seem worthwhile.

  4. What a fun and satisfying project! It's so happy ~ ~ what is the finished size? It's hard to tell in the photo. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    1. Thank you, Kara! It is about 45" x 60". Not large at all.

  5. Wow it looks wonderful and happy.....just like its creator...great job Lady!