Even though I didn't use them for the "home" show at PYRO Gallery, I thought my three machine-stitched pink houses were worth finishing. Like the postage stamp quilt I abandoned early on, they're kind of cutesy, but maybe they will be OK for low-price gift items or impulse purchases. I took the three finished houses to one of my art support groups and asked what to do with them. I showed them against a plain wood panel, against a black canvas, and against some plain blue fabric I had grabbed from the work table. Not much enthusiasm for any of these approaches.
Then I noticed a blue batik napkin on the lap of the woman sitting next to me, grabbed it and wrapped it around the wood panel and plopped one of the houses on it. YES!
I also added doorknobs of bronze and silver metallic beads, and done a bit of hand stitching to make greetings for anyone who opens the doors.
Here's what they look like all done: