A bowl of goldfish,a baby block,
And, of course, a framed Picasso:
I stitched all the components on by hand, using needle-turn applique. That takes a little longer than fusing and cutting, but I think it's much more relaxing and it does result in a nice puffy effect for the furnishings.
This setting is a traditional quilt block called Attic Windows, which creates a strong 3D effect. Attic Windows can be a challenging design, because of the mitered corners of the strips adjoining the center. There's a huge range of ways to accomplish it:
- Very easy fusing (Cut an overlapping strip at 45 degrees, and fuse it to the adjoining strip cut at 90 degrees);
- Fairly easy applique, by hand or machine (cut overlapping strip to 45 degrees, turn that edge under and stitch to the adjoining strip by hand or machine);
- A classic and very easy cheat trick to avoid mitering completely, via half-square triangles;
- And, the challenging old-fashioned method: very careful measuring, cutting pressing and stitching, to create a true miter between adjoining strips. (It's also comprehensively outlined in the out-of-print book "Attic Windows, Quilts with a View," by Diana Leone and Cindy Walter. If you luck into a copy, snatch it up. It shows many, many Attic Windows design options.)
And if those aren't enough examples, here's a slew of inspiring Attic Windows quilts and tutorial links:
I'd love to see what's outside your windows!