Wednesday, January 18, 2017

House Block Tutorial

As promised, here is the House Block I designed with the quilt on the side wall, a free tutorial for you, dear reader. 😊

House Block Tutorial

You 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! ;-)

Fabric Requirements for one 16" Finished Block
You will need:
  • scraps of whatever colours you wish, the biggest being approximately 9X5"
Broken down, if you want to follow what I did, you need fabric for:
  • 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
 House Front
  • (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
Grass or Flowers Strip
  • (1) - 2.5 X 16.5"
6" Little Evening Star Quilt Block on House Side
  • (2) - 1.5 X 6.5"
  • (2) - 1.5 X 8.5"
 Background (this can match your sky/background fabric for the house or not)
  • (4) - 2"
  • (1) - 4.25" 
Star Points
  • (4) - 2 3/8"
Centre Square
  • (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.
Trim to 2 X 3.5".  **Be sure to have the 1 3/4" mark at the point of the geese unit, and the other 1 3/4" and 3 1/4" at opposite seams.  See below.  You will get 4 flying geese units with this method.

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.  VoilĂ !

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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  1. Cute house block. Thanks for the pattern.

  2. This house block is so cute! I love that you have incorporated a 6" block into the side. So many, many possibilities here!

  3. what a great block!! love the design and the fabrics you chose. thank you for sharing it with all of us.

  4. Perfect size for the bags I so like to make, this will be on a pocket.And so many thanks for the pattern.

  5. Thanks for the tutorial. It's a great block.

  6. Great block and tutorial. Lots of possibilities for the 6'' blocks on the side.

  7. Hmmm, I had the idea of doing string blocks for the RSC but now I like your block!

  8. this is adorable. thank you for sharing the pattern and the tutorial

  9. A friend gave me a kit of precursor for a house quilt . The colour is rather drab though, I nearly threw it out last week . Maybe I should liven it up a bit and go for it

  10. What a great block for using up large and small scraps.

  11. Hmmm, I had the idea of doing string blocks for the RSC but now I like your block!

  12. Super cute house! Thanks for the pdf. I plan to make one to display in our little quilt room. I could see a big quilt with lots of different colored houses with different "windows."

  13. Awesome tutorial! Thank you for sharing! So kind of you!

  14. Those house blocks are beautiful, the fabrics just sing out to me. Thank you for writing the tutorial. It is not too hard to come up with a block, easy to make a block, but writing a good tutorial is a beast. The correct balance between words and pictures, making sure all measurements are correct and double-checking everything requires time and effort. Therefore, kudos to you on a job well-done.

  15. Thank you for the tutorial. This one is definitely on the bucket list for after the graduation quilts are done.

  16. I was looking for a barn pattern which I could add/mix up a quilt block on the side. Your pattern is perfect! Email me and I’ll send you a pic


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