The Road Home Row Along - Reveal

September 13, 2016 88 Comments

The Road Home Row Along - Reveal

The Road Home Row along / Pine Valley Quilts

When Marian from Seams to be Sew asked me to participate in 'The Road Home Quilt along' I was delighted ! Although a little daunted as this is not the kind of quilt I normally design, so it has also been a little bit of a learning curve. To come up with the design I thought of where I live in NZ on the Kaipara Harbour in North Island New Zealand. I live on the South Head peninsula, we have a small farm planted in Pine Trees, with sheep grazing under the trees. Our house is on a hill that overlooks a dairy farm and the Kaipara Harbour. On the other side of South Head ( behind our farm ) is Muriwai beach, an ocean beach. The native birds are plentiful here, we have wood pigeons and the Maori name for them is ( Kereru ), Tui's, fantails and of course Kiwi's. The group of stars that I have in my row symbolize the southern cross, I see this beautiful group of stars in our night sky, and they are also on our NZ flag.

The 'Road Home' Row along is hosted by Marian from Seams to be Sew and Amy from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Please take a look on Marian's blog seams to be sew for giveaways !!!!

Visit the other blog featured today. 

 Tweety Loves Quilting

 Quiltscapes

Seams to be Sew

 My process while making my row...........

 Choosing fabrics:

I started with the fabric choices, thinking of what I had that suited the various animals and trees. My fabrics are not art fabrics as I mostly make traditional applique and pieced quilts, so this was a little bit of a challenge. I was sure I could find fabrics in my stash rather than purchasing fabrics specifically for the project.

Where to start? I made the decision to start with the smaller parts, (birds) then create the background. Mainly because of fabric choices, I wanted to get the birds right then I could co-ordinate the background colours.

As I progressed through the various birds etc I made decisions as to what technique would suit each part. Adding in embroidery, beads, buttons etc for the smaller parts and also using steam a seam for the Sun to get nice sharp points easily. I also like the texture and dimension the added thread gives when using satin stitch and embroidery threads.

The Kiwi was the first bird I made, I found the perfect fabric and created the circles for the bodies using my favorite method with freezer paper templates.

Cutting Applique Templates / Pine Valley Quilts

Applique Circles / Pine Valley Quilts

 

Turning Applique Edges /Pine Valley Quilts

 

Applique Circles / Pine Valley Quilts

 

The photo's show how I cut my templates from freezer paper. I always print an extra copy of the pattern. I use the extra copy to save drawing the templates. Layering the freezer paper and stapling the layers together with the printed template on top to cut the applique templates.

I turn the edges over with a small iron onto the sticky side of freezer paper. Stabilizing the freezer paper onto the wrong side of the fabric with a pin, I like the flower pins as the flower makes a good handle.

I progressed with all my larger pieces using this method. Then added the beads, buttons and embroidery where necessary.

Making the Wood Pigeon (Kereru) The tail feathers for this bird are too fine to turn the edges so........ I used steam a seam lite, stitching them in place with satin stitch.The Sun will be made in the same way.

For birds and parts of the quilt that have layers, I like to trace the bird ( piece) onto tracing paper and use this to layer the pieces with water-soluble basting glue before stitching them to the background.

Tracing paper used for applique placement / Pine Valley Quilts

Wood Pigeon / Pine Valley Quilts

 

Fantail

With the Fantail I have turned the edges of the body, but for the white ovals in the tail I used steam a seam with a satin stitch.

Fantail / Pine Valley Quilts

Cows / Pine Valley Quilts

The legs for the sheep and cows are made with a 1/4 inch bias stem maker, the chimney and tree trunks are made with a 1/2 inch bias stem maker. I have a tutorial on using the bias stem maker here. Although I cut me strips on the straight of grain for The 'Road Home' Quilt.

 I must say that I procrastinated over making this row ! Mainly because I don't usually make this kind of quilt, and that was stuck somewhere in my subconscious. But....... I have to say I have enjoyed every minute of making this row, once I started it all seemed to go together easily and I was engrossed with every step. I hope you will enjoy making this row as much as I have. 

To see the complete list of bloggers and dates for the Row along click here.

You can find the Pine Valley Quilts Row here 

Happy Stitching

Sharon

 

 




88 Responses

Theresa
Theresa

September 21, 2016

Your row is simply adorable. Great job!

Nicole Sender
Nicole Sender

September 20, 2016

Thanks for sharing your lovely row!

Nicole Sender
Nicole Sender

September 19, 2016

I am not familiar with your native birds. Thanks for writing about them and putting some of them into your row.

Mary D
Mary D

September 19, 2016

Nice row. Lots of hand work and I do love to embellish my items. I look forward to creating my version of your row.

Nicole Sender
Nicole Sender

September 18, 2016

What do you plan on quilting next? I can’t wait to see it.

Nicoline
Nicoline

September 17, 2016

Thanks for the pattern I love all the birds.

Nicole Sender
Nicole Sender

September 17, 2016

Your farm sounds so idyllic! I have always wanted to visit New Zealand. I’d love to knit with some of your great yarn!

Marti M
Marti M

September 17, 2016

Thanks for the cute row by row block.

MoeWest
MoeWest

September 17, 2016

Thanks for this lovely row! I would love to live in your part of the world.

apple blossom
apple blossom

September 16, 2016

Nice row thanks for sharing

Rachell Reilly
Rachell Reilly

September 16, 2016

Sew cute! That could totally be our mountain valleys with lakes here in Utah! (Check out Deonn’s post at Quiltscapes).
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Sally
Sally

September 16, 2016

Delightful row. thanks!

Sonya Fetch
Sonya Fetch

September 16, 2016

So fun, I love your row, and thank you for pictures of your process.

Sally
Sally

September 16, 2016

Delightful row! download didn’t work so I guess I’ll have to wait for the email. thanks so much!

Mary Furber
Mary Furber

September 16, 2016

What a cute row! I doubt I’ll ever visit your part of the world but I can enjoy your version. Thanks.

Donna W
Donna W

September 16, 2016

Your block is fantastic!

Nicole Sender
Nicole Sender

September 15, 2016

Your row is outstanding! The birds are so cute!

Terri Drake
Terri Drake

September 15, 2016

What a darling row! Love the way it looks. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful row.

Karen Martin
Karen Martin

September 15, 2016

So cute—love the sheep the best!

Alida
Alida

September 15, 2016

Your row looks really adorable!! Thanks for sharing!!

Plum Cox
Plum Cox

September 14, 2016

What a great row! I particularly like the sheep and kiwis – a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing them!

Chris
Chris

September 14, 2016

I love your row. Thanks for the tutorial.

Diane S
Diane S

September 14, 2016

I love your row, especially all the cute little animals. Thank you.

Rina Mason
Rina Mason

September 14, 2016

Thanks so much for your row, it’s just so cute I can’t stop looking at it and smiling.

Lori Morton
Lori Morton

September 14, 2016

Your did an Amazing job! LOOOVE it! Glad you did it..and shared with all of us! Great details & fun picture (Row..)

Rina Mason
Rina Mason

September 14, 2016

This is such a cute row! I can’t stop looking at it and smiling. Thanks for joining the hop and giving us such a fun design.

Pam
Pam

September 14, 2016

I love the combination of elements in your row! Lovely!

Mary Furber
Mary Furber

September 14, 2016

Very nice row. Thanks for showing some of the steps used to make it.

Susan
Susan

September 14, 2016

I love your row, especially the sheep. They just tickle me. Thank you for sharing where you live. It sounds like paradise.

LJ
LJ

September 14, 2016

New Zealand…I’d love to visit and see all that you see. What lovely work you do with your birds and all. Thanks for the row pattern.

Lisa Marie
Lisa Marie

September 14, 2016

This is just adorable! Thanks for sharing.

Liz Dyer
Liz Dyer

September 14, 2016

I love your row, it is adorable. I have never been to NZ, I would love to go.

Loretta McDonald
Loretta McDonald

September 14, 2016

Thank you for sharing your talents. Farm life is great.

Susan Spiers
Susan Spiers

September 14, 2016

Love this block-NZ, most definitely a place to visit on my bucket list. Thank you

Kathy h
Kathy h

September 14, 2016

Such a cute quilt. I like that you showed how you made your applique. Very helpful.

lee
lee

September 14, 2016

Thank you – such a lovely row!!

Wendy
Wendy

September 14, 2016

Cute, you did a great job! Thanks!

Kaholly
Kaholly

September 14, 2016

Too, too cute!

Vicky H
Vicky H

September 14, 2016

Sharon I just wanted to thank you for the hard work you put into giving us all this beautiful block.

Maryellen
Maryellen

September 14, 2016

Great block, and lovely info about your area. I do hope I can get to NZ to visit and explore one day. Thanks.

MJB
MJB

September 14, 2016

I love this row! Very nice. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Laura
Laura

September 14, 2016

Your row is terrific! It is pastoral and folk art…love!

Beth T.
Beth T.

September 14, 2016

I completely relate to procrastinating on starting a project with which I’m not comfortable. Thanks for breaking out of your comfort zone for us—your row is so charming! I think the result was absolutely worth the effort.

Fran
Fran

September 14, 2016

A wonderful representation of your home!

Sarah@123quilt
Sarah@123quilt

September 14, 2016

This is a lovely row! I think those little sheep are my favorite part. I’ve never been to NZ but I hear it’s wonderful.

Edie
Edie

September 14, 2016

Your row is so adorable. Love the tutorial as well. Like to see how people do things just a bit differently…..may use your combined method of turned and satin stitch.

carol n
carol n

September 14, 2016

Beautiful row, well thought out, thanks for sharing!

Tac
Tac

September 14, 2016

Thank you for sharing such detail about your process. Am enjoying visiting around the world.

Susan
Susan

September 14, 2016

What a unique depiction of your home. I like it. Reminds me of folk art. Thanks for sharing.

Laura H
Laura H

September 14, 2016

Beautiful, thanks for sharing.

Melody Lutz
Melody Lutz

September 14, 2016

Great row, and lovely detailed instructions on circles in applique!

Nancy
Nancy

September 14, 2016

This is a wonderful row. I enjoyed learning about New Zealand and understanding more the pictures in your row. This will be fun to make.
Thank you.

Colette
Colette

September 14, 2016

Your row is very nice. I like your sheep they caught my attention immediately they are so cute.

Carol S.
Carol S.

September 14, 2016

Your row is so beautiful…love how you made the sheep!

Allison CB
Allison CB

September 14, 2016

Wow – love your method!! Your row is beautiful!!!

BillieBee
BillieBee

September 14, 2016

What a fun block. Thanks for the tutorial as well.

Joan
Joan

September 14, 2016

This is such a beautiful row. Love all it’s little elements! Thanks for this wonderful addition to our row along!

Joan
Joan

September 14, 2016

This is such a beautiful row. Love all it’s little elements! Thanks for this wonderful addition to our row along!

Donna Lee
Donna Lee

September 14, 2016

This is stunning! Thank you for sharing the tutorial.

bdieges
bdieges

September 14, 2016

Really like the clean lines and simplicity of the design, but very effective in conveying your concept of your home!

Quilting Tangent
Quilting Tangent

September 14, 2016

Pretty row.

Barb Colvin
Barb Colvin

September 14, 2016

Circles, triangles, rectangles and bias tape!!! Awesome!

Lori Smanski
Lori Smanski

September 14, 2016

this is wonderful. how cool to live with so many different birds. love your row. thanks for sharing how you made it

anna Brown
anna Brown

September 14, 2016

Very cute looks like a story book ty for your time and your ideas….. happyness04431@yahoo.com

Laurie Weimar
Laurie Weimar

September 14, 2016

Very nice row. Thanks for including a tutorial.

Marcia
Marcia

September 14, 2016

I love the detail on your row.

gail
gail

September 14, 2016

This is my favorite block so far! I absolutely love it — such a sweet landscape. :)

Carol DeLater
Carol DeLater

September 14, 2016

I like your row!! Love the detail.

KJ
KJ

September 14, 2016

This is a great row. I like how you incorporated all the different animals and birds. I enjoyed reading your inspiration. Also, thank you for the tips on how you put together the small parts.

Debra Kay Neiman
Debra Kay Neiman

September 14, 2016

I can’t believe how beautiful this row is. crystalbluern at tds dot net

Joyce Carter
Joyce Carter

September 14, 2016

Beautiful! You have put so much detail into your row. Thank you for sharing.

MonicaR
MonicaR

September 14, 2016

I’m taking notes on how you created such small appliques. Thanks for sharing

Lauren
Lauren

September 14, 2016

My godparents sent me a book about kiwis when I was very young and I’ve always been fascinated about the unique natural life in your area. Thanks for this block!

Sarah J
Sarah J

September 14, 2016

Such a beautiful row! Thanks so much for sharing your process- I really need to try freezer paper one day!

Chiska
Chiska

September 14, 2016

What a wonderful row! I love it.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn

September 13, 2016

Very creative!

Jean McKinstry
Jean McKinstry

September 13, 2016

Wonderful to see a real Kiwi row here, I must tell Allie I so enjoyed meeting another from NZ in the Road Home row. Your row is fantastic, every part of your place and our country all there, I love it. Lots of stitching after the planning to get it just right. Greetings from Jean in the Rangitikei.

Ariane
Ariane

September 13, 2016

Your row is just gorgeous!! I love it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Patty D from NC
Patty D from NC

September 13, 2016

Awesome row! I just love that sun.

Elizabeth Coughlin
Elizabeth Coughlin

September 13, 2016

Your row is beautiful, creative, and a great representation of your home!

Deonn
Deonn

September 13, 2016

Sharon, this row is so sweet! I’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand, thanks for taking us to your little piece of heaven.

Nancy
Nancy

September 13, 2016

Beautiful original design. Thanks for sharing!

Marian Pena
Marian Pena

September 13, 2016

This is such a wonderful row and really speaks to your description of your beautiful countryside. I’m so happy you created this row and participated with us in the Road Home Row Along. You really did a beautiful job Sharon.

Pamela Boatright
Pamela Boatright

September 13, 2016

Lovely row! I love the way you interpreted your area!

usairdoll
usairdoll

September 13, 2016

What a beautiful row! Love all the detail! I have not yet been to New Zealand but would love to one day. Thanks for sharing your row with us, Awesome job!

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Chris
Chris

September 13, 2016

It’s very nice. Thanks for the tutorial.

Beth Strand
Beth Strand

September 13, 2016

So cute! Thanks for sharing your row! I’m going to have to make this one for my daughter…she traveled New Zealand last year and loved it. Beth @ Words & Stitches

Allie
Allie

September 13, 2016

Oh my goodness I LOVE your row – it’s just gorgeous!!!

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