When I first saw Carolyn Friedlander's Austin House quilt in posts from last spring's Quilt Market, I knew it would be perfect for the hubby (he's a big fan of mid-century modern architecture), and I couldn't wait for the pattern release. I'd been thinking about making a new wall hanging for his office (the Oxford Comma quilt, while cute, just doesn't really reflect me as a quilter anymore, and I figured he was ready for something new), and I knew this would be perfect.This is such a fun pattern and so well written! Though I love Carolyn's aesthetic, I'd never actually made one of her patterns, so it was nice to discover that they're as clear and precise as you'd expect. (I'm taking a class with her in September for the Catenary quilt, and I can't wait!)
After much debate (and eventually consulting the hubby, though I'd originally planned for the quilt to be a surprise), I decided to make each house different. The fabrics are almost all from Carolyn's collections (Architextures, Doe, and Botanics), with just a few extras thrown in, and they fit this quilt so perfectly. I like that each house has its own style, but they're all very cohesive. It was a lot of fun picking the fabrics for each little piece.
The sashing is Essex Yarn Dyed in Chambray. I really love this color for a subtle background (seen previously in my Fancy Fox II quilt), and I think it pairs perfectly here. I used another Architextures print for the binding and a Doe print and old Michael Miller dot from my stash for the backing.
I decided to quilt it using white thread in a random ledger design, which mimicked the Architextures ledger and schematic prints under two of the houses. I think it adds some interest without distracting from the houses.The hubby sent me a text this morning with a picture of it hanging in his office, so I guess we can call this one a success!