Scraps and Blocks and Making Do

The Bella Collection by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics is a favorite of mine. I designed a few things with these modern prints over the years. Let's see the stack of fabrics:

Stack of Bella Fabrics from 2013
 And to see some of the prints even better:

Trees and little birdies - my favorites!
I first designed what I call Bella's House. I had it longarm quilted by Kathy Gray of Manassas. She did a lovely job and I really thought a magazine would pick it up. Nope! Not a one. This hangs in my foyer for all to see.

Bella's House, 2013
Then I put a LOT of EPP hexagons together

Dozens of 2" Hexagons
. . . and made this. I call it my Zig and Zag of Hexies:

The Zig and Zag of Hexies
How did I do that?
Stitched together in long string

What does it look like from the back?

Hexies trimmed and ready to stitch to background fabric
This pattern is available in my Craftsy store. And something else? Of course! This appeared in Modern Quilts sometime in 2014.

Hexagon table topper
Now for what I've done with all the leftovers (ok, maybe not with ALL of them). I had 4 prototype window blocks which were too big for my final Bella's House. They sat patiently for 5 years.

First window prototype for my Bella's House above: too big
 And another. These finish to 11".
But I made another one . . .
And I made two more and they've been sitting in a box with the leftover fabric since 2013. I pulled them out and made 12 more blocks yesterday afternoon. What do you think?

Cobblestones, Windows and Trees
And those extra hexies up at the top of this post? I have 59. I'm going to put a white border on this and scatter those hexies all over the white border. I'll keep you posted!


  1. I can't believe no one picked up you Bella's House. I love it! Like what you did with the left over window blocks also.

    1. For 26 years I've never known what an editor will be interested in! They have a plan and sometimes my things don't fit in. I've always wanted to do something with those windows! thanks for stopping by.

  2. I think it's adorable. I like the use of the left over blocks and fabric.

    1. I love leftovers, but my husband doesn't (ha ha). I get more creative with scraps and orphan blocks than a pile of new fabrics.

  3. Very Nice !! Love the House. All so happy and pleasant.
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration.


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