House Block TutorialYou can find a PDF copy of this tutorial here, for you to print out.
This is what we will be making:
|House Block - my own design - with Evening Star on the house side|
Here is how it started:
|From a sketch based on the houses on the cover of The Quilter's Companion by That Patchwork Place, to this block!|
Here is my first house block, in the colour purple for January at RSC2017.
|You might notice this is a different star, the Ohio Star, to be exact, on the side of the house. You can put any block you want there! ;-)|
You will need:
- scraps of whatever colours you wish, the biggest being approximately 9X5"
- the roof and chimneys
- the front of the house
- a door
- the frame of the little quilt
- background for the Evening Star little block
- centre for the Evening Star
- star points of the Evening Star
- grass or flowers strip on which the house rests
- background or sky fabric
Roof and Chimneys
- (2) - 2.5" squares for the chimneys (*note these could be a different fabric from your roof fabric)
- (1) - 5" square
- (1) - 4.5" square
- (1) - 5" square
- (1) - 4.5 X 8.5"
- (2) - 3.5 X 4.5"
- (1) - 2.5 X 4.5"
- (3) - 2.5 X 4.5"
- (1) - 5" square
- (1) - 2.5 X 16.5"
- (2) - 1.5 X 6.5"
- (2) - 1.5 X 8.5"
- (4) - 2"
- (1) - 4.25"
- (4) - 2 3/8"
- (1) - 3.5"
Make the Evening Star
This uses the No Waste Flying Geese method. I have a detailed tutorial for this here.
1. Draw a diagonal line across the centre diagonal of all 4 star point squares. Place two star point 2 3/8" squares on opposite corners of the 4.25" background square. Sew 1/4" on either side of the drawn lines. Cut apart. Press toward the star points or press open, as you prefer. It will look like this:
2. Place the other star point square on the little heart-shaped unit and sew again on either side of the diagonal. Cut apart and press.
3. Arrange as shown below:
Piece each row, pressing seams to the corner squares for the outside rows, and to the centre square for the middle row, so they will nest nicely.
4. Sew the 1.5 X 6.5" frame strips to either side of the star block. Press towards the frame. Then sew the 1.5 X 8.5" frame strips to the top and bottom of the block. Press as before. This block should now measure 8.5" square.
Make the house
1. Sew the two 2.5" chimney squares between three background 2.5 X 4.5" rectangles. Press towards the chimney fabric except for the first left seam which you will press to the background fabric. The finished unit should measure 2.5 X 16.5".
2. Cut all three 5" squares in half on the diagonal to yield 6 HSTs. Place a background and a roof HST right sides together (rst) and sew a 1/4" seam. Press towards the roof fabric. Place a background HST with a house front HST and sew. Press towards the house front fabric. Repeat with a house front HST and a roof HST, pressing towards the house front fabric. Trim all three HST units to 4.5". Sew together in this order: a BG/roof unit, the 4.5" roof square, a roof/house front unit, and a house front/background unit. Press towards the 4.5" roof square except for the house front seam which you will either press open, or towards the background HST.
3. Sew the door between the two 3.5 X 4.5" house front rectangles. Press. Sew this door unit to the 4.5 x 8.5" house front rectangle. Sew the door/house front unit to the Evening Star block. This unit will measure 8.5 X 16.5".
4. Sew the chimney unit to the roof unit. Sew the house front/quilt block unit to the 2.5 X 16.5" grass/flowers unit. Finally sew these last two big units together to make your house block. It should measure 16.5" square. Voilà!
You can personalize your house block in many ways. Stay tuned to my blog to see what I do throughout the year, since this is my block for the RSC2017 at soscrappy! If you make one of my blocks, I'd love to see it! Send me a photo in any way you prefer--see the social media buttons on my sidebar.
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