Be My Neighbor Block 10 and a Quilt Shop Visit

Moving on to Block 10, I feel like I am running out of choices for pastels.  I really don’t want to buy more fabric for this quilt, but I may have to.  A fat quarter or two wouldn’t hurt, would it?  There are still six more blocks after this one.  I knew I wanted a green house somewhere, as the house I remember most vividly from my growing up years was green.  I auditioned a few prints for the star in the center.

Be My Neighbor Block 10 -1

I carefully cut all the pieces, double checking the dimensions.

Be My Neighbor Block 10 -2

This one has another tree, so I began with the squares on the edges to make the branches, drawing the lines as instructed.  Once again, I used the orange tree fabric.  This used up the last of it, so I don’t know what I’ll do for the tree in the last row.

Be My Neighbor Block 10 -3

As usual, I chain pieced as much as possible to speed up construction.

Be My Neighbor Block 10 -4

Finishing up the tree, I started on the house. This one will be the green with the swirly print, with a purple star center. Once again, I divided the background on the tree to allow for a ground of flowers.

Be My Neighbor Block 10 -6

I had a moment of dismay, thinking I had cut these wrong, but it really was OK. The squares were supposed to be a bit shorter than the rectangle to make the flying geese.  Whew!

Be My Neighbor Block 10 -7

I constructed the elements, then laid it out for sewing in rows, and pressing for nesting seams.

Be My Neighbor Block 10 -8

At this point I was feeling pretty good about the construction…

Be My Neighbor Block 10 -9

until I sewed the two sides together and realized that one side was too short.  I wasn’t sure if the bottom piece or the top one was too short, but it was easiest to just replace the bottom.  So the streak continues, and I frogged out the offending piece.

Be My Neighbor Block 10 -10

A new piece was cut and inserted.

Be My Neighbor Block 10 -11

And now, the piecing of this block is done.  All the points are looking pretty sharp for a change, LOL!!

Be My Neighbor Block 10 -12

All that is left is the applique, and this time I will do a bluebird. I also reversed the direction, as I wanted at least one bird to face the other direction. I already have two facing to the left, so I made this one face to the right. This will be my slow stitching for Sunday.  I’ll add beads or buttons for eyes after the construction and quilting is done.

Be My Neighbor Block 10 -15

Last week on my quick trip to Chattanooga, I wanted to visit a couple of quilt shops and I found a fabulous and charming one that I want to share with you.

Chattanooga Quilts

I didn’t have much time, as we were on our way out of town, so at some point I need to go back.  I was enchanted by the ambiance the moment I stepped into it. Stuffed full of fabric and notions, just look at the lovely wood floors! Kim greeted me as soon as I entered the store.

Chattanooga Quilts

That is Kim behind the counter, the store owner. She graciously agreed to allow a few pictures so you could see her wonderful store.  It is beautifully laid out, with plenty of room for browsing, yet full of fabrics and goodies to see.  It has lovely vignettes with pretty lamps, vintage sewing items, antique clocks and more placed around the shop.

Chattanooga Quilts

Charming antiques and warm wood tones make a relaxed shopping experience. Mary Beth was also working that day, and I loved having a chance to talk with both ladies. Mary Beth has read this blog from time to time, and it was a thrill for me to meet a reader! I was having so much fun, and then we began talking about Be My Neighbor. Her shop is doing the quilt pattern in block-of-the-month meetings too. I explained my pebble fabric dilemma that you all have seen, and Kim had a fabric to show me. Smaller scale and more neutral rosy brown tones looked promising, so I got some.

Be My Neighbor Pebble Fabric 1

Here it is with the block row, and I like it!  It has the smaller scale but more neutral tones that you all said would be the best compromise between the first two choices.

Be My Neighbor Pebble Fabric 2

The color blends well with the roof fabrics, and the pastels on the houses. Thank you, Kim!

Be My Neighbor Pebble Fabric 3

I had a few minutes to chat, and see the blocks that are being done by the shop in the lovely classroom space. Just look at how they are embellishing the blocks with stitching and appliques. Lovely, and what a great idea for some of the more plain house sides.  The little scalloped curtains in the windows of this house block are just so cute, and what an inspired idea!

Chattanooga Quilts

I could have stayed for a long time, chatting with these two friendly ladies and browsing all the goodies in the shop, but DH was waiting in the car to get on the road home. But before I left, Kim treated me to a sneak peek of her design for the Row by Row event this summer. It is so cute, I may have to make the trip back during the event just to get the pattern. If you are in east Tennessee for a visit, be sure to visit Chattanooga Quilts, it is a delight.

Chattanooga Quilts

What are you working on now? Do you have a favorite out of town quilt shop you like to visit?


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21 thoughts on “Be My Neighbor Block 10 and a Quilt Shop Visit

  1. I love visiting quilt shops when I’m on vacation or out of town somewhere. It’s so much fun to see what fabrics they carry and the beautiful Quilts on display. Your blocks look great and I really like the pebble fabric you chose. Right now I’m working on hand-quilting a baby quilt for my new grandson. It’s been fun working on it and I’m hoping to finish it this week.

  2. The pebble fabric is perfect. And those bolts displayed, how could anyone resist a metre or yard of this one or that? I like your latest house block, lovely choices for each part.

  3. Mary Jean Cunningham

    I was holding my breath while reading about the making of the latest block, hoping nothing would go wrong this time – anyway, nothing that couldn’t be taken care of, so that’s good! Love the daffodil fabric and glad you found a pebble fabric that hit all the right notes. Now I want to go to Chattanooga, too!

  4. Pat Evans

    I have several out-of-town shops that are on my travel schedule and I found a new one this past weekend, The Door Mouse in Fremont, OH. It was huge and almost overwhelming. Sadly, a shop in Troy, MI, thst I was looking forward to visiting again had a “Closed due to family illness” sign on the door. I’m hoping it’s not something major.
    Your house blocks are charming. You’ll just need to make that last tree a different species.

  5. I’m working on a mini for the Pantone Quilt Challenge – my first hand quilting project.
    All of the specialty quilt stores have gone out of business in my neck of the woods. So I resort to online and big box retailers for my fabric.

  6. Nice score on the new pebbles – I think they are just right.

    I enjoy checking out a new to me shop when I am on the road, but more than one in a row getting too overwhelming – I did a personal shop hop some years ago and was left with ‘fabric indigestion’!

    I am only making Neighbor blocks 11 and 12, once in black, white and one color, then all scrappy, for group charity quilts – will get the first one finished today and post on IG and Flickr.

  7. What a pretty quilt shop! I recently moved to South Carolina and am missing the little shop I used to visit in Christiana, Pennsylvania, near the Amish countryside of Lancaster. The Quilt Ledger is similar to the one you visited in Chattanooga. Leslie, the owner, always greeted her customers with a friendly hello. She holds lots of classes and several “just sewing” times every month. Great prices and selection, too!

  8. Flo Teague (Myrtle Beach, SC)

    Carole I’m going through Chattanooga next week on my way to my granddaughters graduation. Maybe I’ll get a chance to stop at this shop. Thanks for the info.

  9. Thanks for the info on Chattanooga Quilts. I make the trip from Florida to the upper part of East Tennessee to visit my grands. Now I am eager to stop by the shop and check them out.

  10. That must have been a special treat to meet a reader face to face! Amazing. Well, on the other hand, maybe not. Your blog is so polished, and you cover so many interesting things, that it stands to reason your name might be bandied about the whole country. I am impressed.

  11. dezertsuz

    Of course THAT shop is one of my favorite out-of-town ones! LOL I’m so glad you found it and liked it, too. Your house came out great, but I did laugh when you had to do a little ripping out yet again. Love the fabric the star uses.

  12. Melanie

    I like the new stone fabric, great choice. My all time favorite quilt shop is in San Diego where we used to live. It’s Rosie’s Calico Cupboard in case anyone travels there. What a nice meeting you had with the shop owners and the quilter who follows your blog. Fun!!

  13. I love seeing how your squares and shapes of fabric turn into a very cute tree and house! I don’t quilt or sew anymore but I would still love to browse through that quilt shop!

  14. Mona Norton

    I was lucky enough to stop at Chattanooga Quilts on my way to Florida last year .. I have been quilting for many years and this quilt store is my favorite by far 🙂
    From now on all my trips south , I will be stopping at this quilt shop even if it means I have to stay over night .

  15. karenlogcabinquilter

    You shared a lot today. I enjoyed the view. Have you tried applique pins? They are small and don’t get in the way like the long pins you are using. Less getting stabbed by them and easier to manipulate the fabric.

  16. Mary Beth

    Carole, so nice to meet you. It is also interesting to see how people are doing Be My Neighbor. We are doing that at Chattannoga Quilts as a block of the month. Mine is on a blue grunge with mostly Sweetwater fabrics. Pardon my delay in responding. I had two gift quilts to finish and some medical issues in the family. All is good now!

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