Thursday, March 15, 2012

Home Sweet Home Quilt Along: little house block tutorial


Thank you so much to Kim at Kim's Crafty Apple for inviting me to design a block for her Home Sweet Home Quilt Along. I'm a pretty simple girl, so I wanted to come up with something that reflected my design aesthetic, and here it is! I'm calling this block "Little House" after one of my favorite shows of all time. It comes together very quickly and it' a great way to use up some of those scraps of fabric you might have laying around. I think it would be really fun to add some hand embroidery details to the block, like maybe some flowers growing by the house or a few clouds in the sky, too.


Please read all instructions before getting started. All seam allowances are ¼". You can also download a free pdf of this block pattern, which I've posted here on Google Docs for you





Choose the fabrics for your block. You'll need a total of five different fabrics: one for the door, one for the house, one for the roof, one for the grass, and one for the background. I'm using a variety of prints and solids.


block layout diagram



Cut out all of the pieces of fabric. Here are the pieces and their dimensions:

•   Cut (1) 2 ½” x 12 ½” strip (A) of fabric for the grass
   Cut (1) 1 ½” x 2 ½” rectangle (B) of fabric for the door
   Cut (1) 1 ½” x 2 ½” rectangle (C) of fabric for the house
   Cut (2) 2 ½” x 4½” rectangles (D) of the same fabric as C for the house
   Cut (2) 4” x 4 ½” squares (E) of fabric for the background
   Cut (1) 4” x 7 ½” rectangle (F) of fabric for the roof
   Cut (2) 4” x 4” squares (G) of background fabric
   Cut (2) 3” x 4” rectangles (H) of background fabric
   Cut (1) 2 ½”” x 12 ½” rectangle (I) of background fabric






It's a good idea to label your pattern pieces with their respective letters to avoid any confusion during construction of the block.




Once you have everything cut out, lay out all of the pieces following the block diagram. Now you have an idea of what your final block will look like! Let's start assembling.



Place Piece B on top of Piece C, right sides together.



Sew, and backstitch at the front and back of the seam to lock the stitches together. Press seams open with a hot iron.



Next, following the layout diagram, place one Piece D on top of the pieced section, right sides together and secure with pins. 



Sew, making sure to lock the stitches at the beginning and end of the seam. 



Press seams open with a hot iron, and repeat with the other D Piece.



Here's what the pieced section will look like at this point. You've just finished the body of the house!



Next, place one E Piece on top of the pieced section, right sides together, and pin. 



Sew them together, making sure to lock those stitches again. 



Press seams open, and then repeat with the other E Piece.



Here's what your block will look like now.



Next, we'll start to work on the roof of the house. For this section, we'll be making a flying geese block. Grab Piece F and the two G Pieces.



Using a pencil or your water soluble marker and a straight edge, draw a diagonal line down the center of each G Piece, from corner to corner.



Here's what the G Pieces will look like after the lines are drawn on both of them. 



Place one G Piece on top of Piece F as shown, with the pencil line facing up and going in this direction, with one end of the line towards the lower left side of Piece F, and the other end of the drawn line towards the center of Piece F. Pin Piece G in place. 



Sew a seam directly on the drawing line, again locking the stitches at the beginning and end. 



Here's what it will look like after the seam has been sewn.



Place the edge of a ruler ¼" from the seam. Using a rotary cutter, cut off the excess fabric along that line to create a 
¼" seam allowance. 




Here's what the block will look like after the excess fabric is removed and the ¼" seam allowance is made.



Gently open the seam and press with a hot iron.



And here's what it will look like after the seam has been pressed. 



Place the other G Piece on top of the pieced section, right sides together, with the drawn line facing up. Make sure that one end of the drawn line is towards the center of the pieced block, and the other end of the line is toward the lower right. Pin in place.



Sew along the drawn line, locking the stitches at the beginning and ending of the seam. 



Here's what the block will look like at this stage. 



Place the edge of a ruler ¼" from the seam and remove the excess fabric with a rotary cutter.




Here's what the block will look like after you make the cut.



Gently open the seam



and press with a hot iron. 



And here's what the finished flying geese block looks like. You'v just finished the roof of the house!



Next, we'll sew the H Pieces to the roof block. Place one H on top of the pieced roof, right sides together and pin. 



Sew, making sure to lock the stitches at the beginning and end of the seam.



Press seam open with a hot iron, and repeat with the other H Piece.



Here's what the block section will look like after the two H Pieces are sewn to the roof block.



Now that all of the pieced sections have been constructed, we can sew the block together, row by row, following the layout diagram. We'll start with Piece A, which is the grass in our block. 



Place piece A on the top of the house section of the block, right sides together, and pin in place. Sew together, making sure to lock the stitches at the beginning and end of the seam.



Press seams open with a hot iron.



Here's what the front of the block will look like now. Next, place the roof section on top of the house section, right sides together, pin in place and sew. 



Press seam open with a hot iron. 



And here's what your block will look like now. Next, well add Piece I to the roof section. Place Piece I on the pieced block, right sides together, and pin in place.



Sew Piece I to the pieced section, making sure to lock the stitches at the beginning and end of the seam. 



Press seam open with a hot iron. 



And with that, your house block is finished! 
Square up block with a rotary cutter and straight edge if needed.



Thanks again, Kim, for inviting me to be part of the Home Sweet Home Quilt Along!
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