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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Home Sweet Home – Block 8, A Wonky Modern House

Some personal issues happened with the original designer of Block 8 for the Home Sweet Home Quilt Along.  Hopefully things improve soon and I’ll happily post the block once I receive it so we can all enjoy what she designed.
So, I have developed another block for the quilt.  This one is a bit wonky and modern but I think you’ll have fun with it.  I actually was inspired to make this after I made the Wonky Pound Sign Block for the Craftsy Quilt Along (which is FREE and you can still sign up for it!)
I took what I learned from the plus sign block to create this Block:

A Wonky Modern House

Fabric Requirements:

Sky (medium or light fabric – I used a fern printed aquamarine)
1 – 5” x 12.5”
1 – 1.25” x 3.5”
2 – 1.25” x 4”
2 – 1.5” x 4”
Roof Boards (I used a dark batik print)
2 – 1.5” x 12”
1 – 1.25” x 9.5”
1 – 1.25” x 3”
Grass (I used lime green daisy print)
1 – 6” x 12.5”
3 – 1.5” x 6”
2 – 1.25” x 4”
House Boards (I used Peace Pink)
2 – 1.5” x 10”
1 – 1.5” x 2.5”
1 – 1.5” x 1.5”
1 - 1.5” x 8”
1 – 1.25” x 9”
Bottom Strip (I used a batik green – this could be your grass print if you wanted)
1 - 1.25” x 12.5”

Okay – now that all the cutting’s done – let’s get started!

The Roof:

001 Take your 5” x 12.5” rectangle and cut diagonally through it.  When you cut – try to think of a roof shape – it doesn’t have to be perfect but you want to give yourself a little room to work with.   003
Take one of your 1.5” x 12” roof strips and sew it into the cut.  Press toward the darker fabric.005Since it’s at an angle you need to offset your starting edge to take into a account for that angle approximately a quarter inch or your seam allowance.  I tried to show what I mean in the above picture.  004Next, cut a second random diagonal.  I did start the top right next to the edge of the roof strip to create a bit of a peak but you can see already that it’s a completely different angle than the previous one.  Take your second 1.5” strip and sew it into the cut.   
At this point Capri would ask me, “Where’s the Chimney?” so of course we must add one!006
Take your 1.25” x 3” board piece and your 1.25” x 3.5” sky piece and sew together on the short edge.  Iron toward the darker side. 
Cut a slight diagonal into your roof (this could be on either side of your roof – I chose the more gradual sloping roof edge for mine.).  Sew in your 1.25” strip that you just pieced into the roof.  I made sure at least part of my chimney overlapped into the roof but I like that it’s not perfect, it just adds to the wonkiness of this block.    Trim this piece down to 12.5” x 4.5”.  If your piece is thinner than 4.5” don’t worry about it – we can add strips later to make it big enough.   007Next take your 1.25” x 9.5” roof board strip and sew a 1.25” x 4” sky strip to either end.  Place it on your block so the roof so it creates an ‘overhang’ on your roof.  Sew it together and trim the sides.  008 

The House

Start with your 6” x 12.5” grass piece.
009 At about the 1/3 and 2/3 mark of your rectangle slash two random diagonals.  When you cut, know that there will be two more slashes between these two so leave enough room for that!010Sew your 1.5” x 10” roof board strips into the slashes like you did for the roof boards.  011 Next, sew your 1.5” x 2.5” house board to the end of one of the 1.5” x 6” grass strips – this is your ‘Door Strip’   And sew a 1.5” x 6” grass strip onto each side of the 1.5” x 1.5” house board square – this is your ‘Window Strip).012 Take your grass rectangle and make two more random slashes in it.  013 Sew door and window strips into these slashes. 014 Trim rectangle down to 12.5” x 5.5” 016 Piece a 1.5” x 4” sky strip to each side of your 1.5” x 8” House board.  Place it so it ‘tops’ of the house you just created.  Sew the strip on and trim sides off so piece still measure 12.5” wide.017 Now you can sew your roof piece to your house piece. 
We still need the bottom board of our house so take your 1.25” x 9” house board strip and sew a  1.25” x 4” grass strip to either side.  Sew onto the house block.  018  Sew your 1.25” x 12.5” bottom strip to the bottom of your house.  Square your block to 12.5” x 12.5”.  If your house doesn’t quite measure 12.5” x 12.5” continue to add more bottom strips as needed to get your block to size. 

I hope you like it!

For a printable pdf of this block pattern please click HERE

Previous Home Sweet Home Blocks:


Susan said...

Thank you so much for the .pdf! This is such a cute and different wonky house! Thanks for being part of the QAL with this one, too.

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