Cottages by the Lake

Are you enjoying your own adventure at Camp Oda May this summer?  I am having such a wonderful time.  It is summer camp at its best…no bees, no rain, no racoons, no outhouses…, just fun, friends and fabric.   I didn’t get homesick, or want to quit even once.   Nope I did not.  My fellow campers are wonderful and everyone has been so gracious and helpful.  It makes my little heart happy to be part of this group.

FYI  “Choose your own Adventure” is a summer QAL hosted by Moda Bake Shop. The fun all started in mid-June when campers were offered two choices (Path A or Path B) to make a large centre block for a medallion quilt.  Then each week since then, we have been offered Path A border blocks on Mondays and Path B border blocks on Wednesdays.  On Friday we get an option for coordinating corner-stones.  The Sunday Social gives details we need to add a border to bring the quilt up to size for the next round of blocks.  For lots more details and a whole list of links, visit Camp Counsellor Jessica at Skein and Hook.

The template for the quilt is o-so-amazing.  The Moda Bake Shop folks did all the math for me.  All I have to do is make the blocks and add the borders and I’m guaranteed to have an outstanding quilt at the end.

So YES YES YES, you guessed it!  I’m loving this camp so much that I’m planning to make another quilt on my own–based kinda-sorta on this template.  It will showcase some of my favourite modern and traditional quilt blocks.  The theme is “Simply Summer” and this quilt will be chock-a-block full of all kinds of things that make summer on PEI my favourite place to be.  There are tons of possibilities….bikini blocks, burgers and hotdogs on the BBQ blocks, beachball blocks, kayaks and canoes blocks, OMG so many choices….Are you ready?  Here is my centre medallion.  These are cottages because who doesn’t love spending the weekend at the cottage in the summer time?

IMG_6610.jpgIt is 20.5″ x 20.5″ unfinished.  This gawjus thing contains 4 cottage units; 4 LV background squares; 4 colourful squares and a contrasting/coordinating square for the centre. This is a very simple block to make.  I cut and mixed in fabrics from a 5″ charm square pack from “Beach Road” because this collection fits my theme perfectly.  Thank you Jen Kingwell for anticipating my needs so well.  I think they look fabulous alongside my yardage scraps.  You might consider using lots of bright scraps in the centre block because colourful is always best when starting a medallion quilt–the more colours you use now, the easier it will be to make everything play well together as you add border rounds (at least that’s the way I see it).

What follows is NOT a pattern.  Its just the way I arranged a collection of four 8 1/2″ house units and nine 4 1/2″ squares to make a big block.

If you want to make house units like mine you will need the following for each one!

  • 1 – 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ flying geese unit* for the roof
  • 3 – 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles of bright fabric for walls
  • 2 – 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles of LV background fabric
  • 1 – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle of the same bright fabric as walls
  • 1 – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle of contrasting bright or dark fabric for the door
  • 2 – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2 rectangles of “window” fabric


*My best-loved way to make Flying Geese is the No-Waste method that you can find all over the Web. If you want to make your geese 4 at a time without wasting even a tiny scrap, click here for a link to Amy’s Creative Side.  She has a great tutorial. If you want a link just explaining all the math you need, click here. I am making a whole lot of flying geese units because they are going to show up again….just saying.

Lay the fabrics out like this.


Then stitch ’em together using a 1/4″ seam (but you knew that didn’t you?)


and there you have it.  The cutest 8 1/2″ square “cottage” unit you ever did see.  Make three more of them and Bob’s your uncle.

The rest of the block is self-explanatory.  Put the house blocks in the corners. I switched the directions of each….but that’s up to to you.   Add in the rest of the 4 1/2″ squares.  (four LV squares of background, four  bright squares and one fabulous 4 1/2″ centrepiece square.  Place them together like I did. Here is the picture of mine again.


And that my friends is the completed “Cottage at the Lake” block.  If you want to make a medallion quilt along with me, then the next step is sewing a 1″ x 20.5″ strip to the left and right sides and a 1″ x 21.5″ strip to the top and bottom.  I am considering using a solid fabric for this little border.  Come back soon to see what happens next.

Did you do something creative today?


One thought on “Cottages by the Lake

  1. Great job, Velda! Your blog is so professional 😊
    Miss your zaney sense of humor and quilting expertise! Have fun with your cottages😃


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