I am beyond excited to share this Painted Ladies Quilt reveal with you! And I hope you’re ready to see tons of pictures because I couldn’t pic favorites!
I started this quilt and finished the majority of the house blocks while I was on my mini quilt retreat a few months back. (72 hours of mostly sewing, yummy treats and far too little sleep but work every single second!)
I’m not going to lie – this pattern is a work of love. It is a lot of repetitive blocks over and over…. and over again. While this can be a bit boring, you may find comfort in really nailing down what it is you’re doing and learning to do it well so by the end of making 40 hours (yes, 40 total) you will be the best house quilt builder ever.
*I have to put in a little side note that if you look at the lovely pattern, you’ll notice my homes are slightly different than those on the pattern. While I used the bones of the pattern, I branched out and changed things to suit my eclectic tastes and made my neighborhood a little… wilder?… More artsy?… I made my neighborhood full of homeowners that I would like to live by… people who have fun… I always end up with something that I do my own way to add my own flair.
I have a few quick notes about the pattern design itself as well as my fabric choices but then we will get right to lots more beautiful images of this special quilt!
A Review Of The Pattern
First, the Painted Ladies Pattern is a pattern by Eye Candy Quilts. You can buy the pattern here if you’re interested.
Size: The finished quilt is 60″ x 72″
The quilt pattern is inspired by the beautiful Victorian houses that line the streets of SanFrancisco, CA USA. “Each colorful house is stacked on the hill right next to the one on either side of it, and they’re all adorned with a little bit of appliqué gingerbread trim.” (according to eye candy quilts website)
i.e – to my brain that grew up in the 1990’s – just like the houses on the opening credits of the TV show Full House!
Understanding the pattern and creating each block was rather simple, in my opinion.
I give the pattern 5 stars!
I found the cut sizes very precise and the instructions perfectly clear. There were only a few times where I had to rip my seams open and try again, but that was due more to lack of sleep and user error than any misunderstanding of the pattern or the pieces that I was working with!
I did alter the pattern slightly and chose to omit the “trimmings” of the houses as shown in the pattern. I opted to dive into my scrap stash (actually the retreat group pooled a scrap ribbon stash for us all to play with) to add some fancy flair to each house.
Another thing that I added that the pattern did not call for was little button doorknobs. I mean, you just have to, right? Somehow those beautiful little doors just have to open up!
These were a fun way to use up extra and oddball buttons from my stash as well.
More On My Fabric Choice
I don’t think I’ve ever kept it a secret how much I adore Alison Glass’ fabric. I’m pretty convinced that we could be great friends and play with fabric designs together someday. Ahem… Call me, Allison!
When I saw this stack of fabric in my local quilt shop… I totally had a stop and *gasp* moment… all of the designs together… the rainbow of color and the play of pattern…. and all fat quarters too! The deserved for me to stop and appreciate their loveliness! Oh, the possibilities!
This line of fabric designs is named Sun Print. Everything pairs beautifully together and there are just enough eclectic designs and typography elements to make the fabric just stunning together. I can’t say enough how much I heart this fabric line.
My heart shined brightly on the inside when I saw this fabric… Yes, it sure did! OK, maybe I’m being a tad dramatic, but not far from the truth!
You can buy this exact fabric bundle here. Note: If they are out of stock, you may have to search Etsy as this is the 2019 Line from Alison Glass and sometimes they are limited prints from the fabric manufacturer to allow for more new and beautiful designs to come out!
You can also check out Alison Glass’ website to see if the bundles are offered.
For the background, I knew I wanted something dark that would make the colors pop and show bright and bold. I ran across the lovely black and white constellation print that shows just enough of a print design to match the weight of the other fabrics but not take away from their beauty… plus, you may have noticed that I kind of really, like totally love stars. Like, just a little bit.
More Quilt Pictures!!
Ok now onto my favorite part… the quilt reveal with more pictures!
As you can see I quilted the quilt on the longarm sewing machine. I’m lucky enough to have a sweet friend who is willing to let me come over with my kids in tow and use her machine (this one took 14+ hours of quilting time!)
I quilted each house differently using quilting rulers and my imagination to pick the patterns. The sky/background is just a meander pattern with a black thread to blend in nicely.
Its super fun to create each house and play with your fabrics! This quilt pattern would make a fantastic scrap buster too!
This quilt is a birthday gift for my Mom, whom I adore and appreciate her always making home such a wonderful place to be. <3
Enjoy the tons of photos to follow! And let me know in the comments if you’re going to work this quilt pattern into your to-do list this year!
I chose a simple black and white backing with some sweet little birds flying so as not to distract from alllll that was going on color wise on the front of the quilt.
I also chose a happy yellow fabric from the same line of fabric by Alison Glass for the binding of the quilt.
Carol Tomlinson says
BEAUTIFUL!!!! My FAVORITE! 🙂
Penny L Evans says
Did you sew the buttons/doorknobs on, after you quilted? Love this! On my list for this year!
I See Stars Quilting says
Yes! That is one of my most favorite parts of this quilt. I took a collection of buttons given to me by my mom and grandma and made doorknobs and windows and decorations on each house. 🙂 Its a fun little extra gem to the overall quilt design!
Renae Gallen says
Truly stunning! Fabulous job! The little details are superb-loved the button doorknobs, rick-rack ‘gingerbread’ trim, and stitching to make some houses look like brick. Very intriguing…thanks for sharing!
I See Stars Quilting says
Awww thank you, Renae! The details were my favorite part to create!
Donna Wyatt says
You quilt is beautiful! I have started quilting again after a 25 year break, am loving it!
Did you use fat quarters or half yard cuts? I want to have this be my next project.
I See Stars Quilting says
Thank you! I actually purchased a set of fat quarters that were all from Alison Glass fabrics and used those for the houses to mix and match the prints 🙂 It was such a fun project to work on and design.