Monday, January 23, 2012

Home Sweet Home Quilt - A - Long

Are you ready to make a really fun house block?

I was pretty excited to be asked to join in on this Quilt- A - Long and I had just the block in mind to create, so I hope you enjoy it! It looks a lot like my house (not that it really sits right on the bay, but who says it can't in my quilt block?

I know there are a lot of little pieces, but they all go together super easily to make this cute little house block. You can download the full printed instructions here. I've even included a paper piecing pattern for the house itself, so if you would prefer to work on it that way you can. If you want to learn how to paper piece see this Tutorial on Connected Threads. Oh, and when you finish your block, come show us on our flickr group!

I also have a couple of little goodies you can get, but join me at the end of this post for the details.

So.... let's get started on our House by the Bay!

You need a lot of pieces for the house block, but they are small so it really won't take too much fabric! You'll need 6 - 1 x 2 1/2 inch pieces, 4 - 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch pieces, 2 - 1 1/2 inch squares, 2 - 1 x 2 inch pieces, 1 - 1 1/2 x 1, and 2 - 1 x 6 1/2 inch strips for the house itself. I used white for my first house, then a fun blue stripe for my blog version!

Then you will need 2 - 2 x 2 inch, 2 - 1 1/2 x 2 1/2, and 1 - 1 1/2 x 2 inch pieces for the windows. Yellow is a nice window color.

For the roof you will need a 2 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch piece and a 1 1/2 x 2 inch piece. I had a nice brown piece that looks like shingles for this one.

A nice door - I picked a red one - 1 1/2 x 2 1/2.

Blue for the sky - you'll need 2 squares 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches, one strip 2 1/2 x 8 1/2, one strip 4 1/2 x 8 1/2, and one strip 4 1/2 x 2 1/2.

A piece of green for the hill, or brown rocks, or how about a sand dune? Just one 2 1/2 x 10 1/2 piece will work for this.

And water for your bay - 2 1/2 x 12 1/2.

Now for the sewing! It all goes together in sections, so it won't take long!

For the roof, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the 2 1/2 inch squares of sky. Sew these to the sides of your big roof piece:

Trim away the extra fabric 1/4 inch from the seam. Press your seams toward the roof, then add your first 1 x 6 1/2" house strip to the bottom:

Sew a 1 1/x x 1 house piece to the bottom of the 1 1/2 x 2 window. Then add a 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 house section to each side of the window, then add a 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 window to each side, and finish with a 1 x 2 1/2 house section on the ends, so you finish with a strip like this:

And sew it to your roof!

Now, take your 1 1/2 inch house squares, draw a diagonal line on them and sew them just like the big roof! Trim and press and add the last two 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 house pieces to the side like this:

Sew it the bottom of the house, then add the second 1 x 6 1/2 inch strip - almost done now!

Sew a 1 x 2 house strip to the bottom of each 2 x 2 window square. Set aside. Now sew a 1 x 2 1/2 strip to each side of the door piece, add the windows (house strip toward the bottom) and the last 1 x 2 1/2 inch strips. Press seams.
Add to bottom of house - the hard part is done!

Sew the 2 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch sky strip to the left side, and the 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 to the right side of the house.

There's a little trick to the hill - with your 10 1/2 hill piece right side up on the bottom place your sky piece right side down at a 90 degree angle so you can sew the angle - like this:

Mark your line, sew, trim and press. Add to the bottom of your house and sky unit:

For the big finish, add your 2 1/2 x 12 1/2 strip of water to the bottom! Stand back and admire!

If you are worried about whether your house block will be accurate in size wait to cut your 2 1/2 x 8 sky piece and 2 1/2 x 12 1/2 water piece until the house is done. Then you can easily adjust the size of these pieces to make your block come out to 12 1/2 inches, sometimes it's nice to have that little "fudge" factor!

Don't forget to upload your picture to the flickr group!

So on to the surprise bonus' I promised! Do you EQ? I designed this block in EQ7, so if you do use EQ7 I would be glad to send you the project file for this - just let me know and I'll e-mail it to you! I'd love to see your EQ7 project using my block, too, so show it to me and I'll post it here on my blog!For the second Freebie, I have a couple of strips with these cute houses and trees that were left over from another project. I thought they were perfect for this Quilt - A - Long, so if you would like one of these little houses, just leave a comment. I think there are 16 of the houses altogether, so if I get more than 16 interested I'll have to do a little drawing. If there are less, then I will just divide them up among those interested. I think the strips are about 4 inches tall or so.


Shelly said...

I love your weatherbeaten house sitting on the rocks -- very cute! And the boats in the water -- how cute!!!!

Pam Geisel - For Quilts Sake said...

Of course you can put your house on the live a lot closer to the ocean than many of us (especially those of us in Ohio)! Love the boats in the water!

Binks said...

Super cute block.
I'm not an EQ7 user but definitely yearn for it. sigh...
But I would love a little strip of the houses and trees fabric. I just found the quilt-along and really want to join. And I think you,re right, it would be perfect for it.

Pia said...

I would love a strip of the fabric (but I live in Denmark so maybe you don't want to send internationally?)

Karen said...

Great block, I just found your blog today and you have inspired me to start this quilt along!
I would love a strip of the fabric if there is enough.


Emily said...

Beautiful block. Looking forward to making it!

Susan said...

I love the block, and I'd love one of the little houses, too. What a kind offer. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the houses! They arrived this week and it took me a few days to remember where your blog is. I have a plan in mind for them already!

Anonymous said...

I just found this QAL via Flickr. I've followed links until I found your blog. I really like the block you contributed! I see there isn't as many comments as you had strips of fabric, and wondered if you still have another left to give away at this late date? It's always fun to sew something with a bit from somebody else's stash! Thanks!

Denise Parish said...

I have just come across this quilt along and have decided to get with it. I would love some of the fabric if it is available or if you could advise where in Australia I might find some.