Monday, March 1, 2010

March House Block Instructions

Hi everyone,

I'm afraid this will be a monster post so that I can include instructions and photos for my house blocks. I mailed all the fabric off today so many of you should receive it in a few days. OK here goes:

March House Blocks

Each fabric envelope includes two 6" x 26" strips; one black with white print and one white with black print.

From each strip, cut one 9" piece, one 8 1/2" piece and one 7 1/2" piece.
Trim the 9" strip to 9" x 4 1/2" and subcut to two 4 1/2" squares for the sky.
Trim the 8 1/2" strip down to 5 1/2" wide for the roof.
Trim the 7 1/2" strip to 7 1/2" x 3 1/2" and subcut two 3 3/4" x 3 1/2" pieces for the walls.

(Please ignore the direction of the lines/stripes in this photo - I cut the strip the wrong way - most of the directional fabrics stripes will run the other way).

From your stash, add two 2" x 3 1/2" pieces for the doors.

Swap the sky squares so the black sky pieces are with the white roof and walls and the white sky pieces are with the black roof and walls. Add a door piece to each group.

House Construction

Sew Door to one 3 3/4" x 3 1/2" house (wall) piece along the 3 1/2" side. Press to the house. Sew the second 3 3/4" x 3 1/2" house (wall) piece to the other side of the door. Press to the house.


Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on both sky pieces. (Dark red line for demo purposes only!).

Align one sky piece with a corner of the 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" house piece.

Sew along the drawn line.

Press the sky away from the house/roof. Trim away excess fabric underneath, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.

Repeat for the other side of the sky.
Sew the Walls/Door piece to the Sky/Roof piece. Press to the roof.

Block should measure 8 1/2" square.
That's it! Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope you all have fun!

1 comment:

  1. Great tutorial! I can't wait to get the fabric and for the weekend to get here so I can get working on them!