Saturday, July 20, 2019

Seashore Splendor, House by the Bay

Are you ready to make a really fun house block?  I originally published this post for the Home Sweet Home Quilt-a-long sponsored by Persimmon Dreams, but have been saving it to re-use for the Seashore Splendor quilt!  (Makes it an easy week for me since the pattern just needed a quick update and the blog post is already written)  So here is my House by the Bay:

I really love this block 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?)  My house doesn't have a red roof anymore either, but this will make a good memory of how it looked when we first owned it.

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 at the end of the post. 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 Connecting Threads.

The pictures below show another color scheme, but for Seashore Splendor use white for the house, red for the roofs, yellow for the windows, green for the hill and sky and water in the appropriate spots.

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 used a nice brown piece that looks like shingles for the instructions one below, but I used red for my Seashore Splendor block.

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!

Download House by the Bay block!
We are really making great progress on our quilt now!  You can almost see where all the rest of the blocks are going to fit in, and I've saved some of the best blocks for the end of the quilt-along - I am getting so excited about sharing them with you. To find all the posts so far, see the tab at the top or click here... Thanks for sewing along with me - see you again in a couple weeks!


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!

Unknown 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.

Susan said...

Thanks for another great block. The rocks and the water really set it off.

Unknown said...

Hey Pam, I noticed that house looked a lot like your house before I read your description. LOL Now, I might try and make my house block look like my house. Wish me luck. :)

Unknown said...

Hey Pam, Just posted a comment and it listed me as "unknown." Don't know why. Anyway, it's me, Suzy!

Suzy said...

Hey Pam! I might've figured out how to put my name. Let's see if I did. S :)