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The house quilt block is a charming and versatile design that adds a cozy touch to any quilt project. In this tutorial, I will guide you through the steps to create this delightful block. Let's get started and build your own little quilted neighborhood!
Fabric in various colors for the house, roof, windows, and door
Rotary cutter or fabric scissors
Iron and ironing board
Seam ripper (optional)
Quilt block pattern (optional)
Step 1: Choose and Prepare Fabric
1.1 Select fabric: Decide on the colors and patterns for your house quilt block. Consider using vibrant prints for the house and contrasting colors for the roof, windows, and door.
1.2 Pre-wash fabric: Pre-wash your fabric to avoid shrinkage or color bleeding.
Step 2: Cut Fabric Pieces
2.1 Determine size: Decide on the desired finished size of your quilt block. Common measurements are 6.5 inches by 6.5 inches, but feel free to adjust according to your preference.
2.2 Cut the house shape: Using a quilting ruler and rotary cutter or fabric scissors, cut a rectangle for the house shape, keeping the proportions of a typical house in mind.
2.3 Cut the roof, windows, and door: Cut smaller pieces of fabric for the roof, windows, and door. The roof can be a triangular shape, the windows rectangular, and the door a smaller rectangle.
Step 3: Assemble the House Block
3.1 Position the roof: Place the roof fabric right sides together with the top edge of the house fabric. Sew a straight seam using a ¼ inch seam allowance. Press the seam open or towards the roof.
3.2 Attach the windows: Place the window pieces right sides together on the house fabric, aligning them where you want them to be. Sew around the edges of the windows using a ¼ inch seam allowance. Press the seams open or towards the windows.
3.3 Add the door: Place the door fabric piece right sides together on the house fabric, aligning it where you want it to be. Sew around the edges of the door using a ¼ inch seam allowance. Press the seam open or towards the door.
Step 4: Finishing touches
4.1 Trim excess fabric: Trim the edges of your house block to achieve a neat and uniform shape. Use a quilting ruler and rotary cutter or fabric scissors to ensure straight lines.
4.2 Optional embellishments: Consider adding additional details to your house block, such as appliqué flowers, a chimney, or embroidered windows.
4.3 Continue with quilt project: Incorporate your house quilt blocks into a larger quilt design, combining them with other blocks or sashing to create your quilt.
You've successfully created a house quilt block! Customize the design by using different fabric colors, prints, or additional embellishments to make each house block unique. Have fun experimenting with various layouts and arrangements to create a charming quilt that resembles a cozy neighborhood. Enjoy the process of quilting and bring warmth and comfort to your quilting projects with this delightful house block design. Happy quilting!
How to Resize Quilt Blocks:
The first step in modifying any quilt block is to decide on the size of your finished quilt block. You can come to a decision based on a number of factors: doubling a pattern, cutting your pattern in half, or choosing the size based on your available fabric.
NOTE: When working from a pattern’s cutting instructions, make sure you remove the seam allowance before doubling or tripling the size. For instance, if your pattern calls for 3-1/2″ squares, first you’ll subtract the sum of the seam allowances (1/2″), double the finished block size (from 3″ to 6″), and add the seam allowance back in (1/2″). So, when all is said and done, you will cut a 6-1/2″ piece of fabric.
Resizing Square Blocks:
Square blocks are the easiest to resize. Simply add to your finished block measurement. For example, if you’d like your finished block to be a 4″ square, you’ll need to cut a 4-1/2″ square of fabric.
Resizing Rectangular Blocks:
Similarly to the square, for rectangle blocks, you’ll add to the length and width measurements of your finished block. If you’re doubling block that measures 3″ x 4″ in your quilt, you’ll cut a 6-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ rectangle of fabric.
Resizing Half-Square Triangle Blocks:
When you want to change the size of a Half-Square Triangle block, add 7/8″ to the desired finished block size. To make a 4″ finished block, you’d cut 4-7/8″ squares.
Resizing Quarter Square Triangle:
Since there are two cut lines and two seam lines in a Quarter-Square Triangle block you’ll need to add 1-1/4″ to the desired finished block size. For a finished block that’s 4″, you’d cut your squares 5-1/4″.