My good friend, Pam, bought her first home just before Christmas 2012. To celebrate this terrific accomplishment, I made her a wall hanging as a house warming gift.
Welcome to the Neighborhood is my first finish of 2013 and satisfies my goal of making a charm square quilt each month. I used the Neighborhood Charm Quilt free pattern available in the Moda Bake Shop. The quilt was designed by Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts. When I first saw the pattern on the Moda Website, Pam was just starting her house hunt and I knew I would make this quilt for her when she finally bought a house.
My version is a bit smaller than Debbie’s. I used 26 charm squares from a charm pack of Double Chocolat by 3 Sisters for Moda. I still have another charm pack left over (I buy two at a time since most of the Schnibbles patterns call for two charm packs). The “house” blocks are super easy to put together.
Since I didn’t have any Double Chocolat yardage, I went in search of something similar at my LQS and ended up using the Frost Ornamental Poinsettia fabric from the Sentiments line (also by 3 Sisters). The color perfectly matches the Frost Truffles fabric in the Double Chocolat line.
I quilted a roof and door on each “house” and diagonal lines in the plain blocks.
Welcome to the Neighborhood finished at 30 ½ by 37 ¾ and has 97 pieces. It took me 4 weeks to complete.
Pam, I hope you enjoy your house warming gift and that you have many happy, healthy years in your new home!