I recently came across the Hillside Houses pattern by Christina Tepsick who blogs over at Pretty Little Quilts.
Christina offered the patterns for free as part of a weekly quilt-along that she organized earlier this year. I missed out on the quilt-along, but the patterns are still available, so I am going to work on this solo. Christina wrote the pattern with 3 different size options: a bed size, a wallhanging and a mini. I'm going to do the wallhanging.
I don't have a stash of solid fabrics like the ones shown in the pattern, but I do have quite a collection of batiks, so I'm going to make mine using those. Only problem is that for each medium to dark batik, you need a lighter one to pair with it. I don't have much for light batiks, but I did have a gift certificate to Keepsake Quilts burning a hole in my pocket so I purchased a selection of light colored batiks:
I immediately started pairing up lights and darks and set them out on the spare bed.
For a couple of days, every time I walked by I would go in and rearrange things to make new combinations.
Finally, I decided on the final pairings, and made up a little fabric swatch card for each set so that I would remember who went with who.
Then the real fun began, deciding which set of fabrics to use on each house. Christina's instructions included a coloring page to help sort it all out. I always love a good session with some colored pencils. Over the years, as the kids got boxes of new colored pencils, the old ones were given to Mom. I've collected a nice assortment from their castoffs;
Soon, an arrangement of swatches that looked like this:
were translated in a coloring that looks like this:
I am going to use the same fabric for all of the roof pieces. It's a dark teal and purple batik with designs that reminded me of shingles.
Now that I have the blueprint, this architect is ready to start building!