Cottage TutorialWednesday, September 17, 2008
Use floral, print, or geometric fabric
1Roof - 4" x 10 1/2"
1 Door - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
2 Windows - 2 1/2" square: Use some imagination here, you could be looking inside the house, at window coverings or just the frame of the window. For the cottage pictured in the tutorial I fussy cut a fabric with 2 different prints and colors (kind of stripe) to create the look of window shades.
1 Chimney - 2 1/2" square: Same as roof fabric
6 "Bricks" - 2 1/2" square: Makes the body of the house
White or neutral fabric
2 Roof corners - 2 1/2" square
2 Chimney side strips - 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
1 Top strip - 2 1/2" x 10 1/2"
Take the 2 white 2 1/2" squares and iron them crosswise to make a crease as above. Align the corners of the roof and the white squares together and stitch along the crease line in a basic snow ball block technique.
Trim seams to 1/4" And press open with the seams outward.
Lay out and set aside the parts of the house so far.
Then lay out your house pieces as above to prepare for sewing.
Stitch the squares together as above and press seams. Join the blocks on either side of the door together and then stitch them to the door. Press.
Now you can start building the house from the bottom up by attaching the house body to the roof, the roof to the chimney and the chimney to the top white strip.
Press and you are done. Finished block size is 10 1/2" x 12" This is such an easy process and you can quickly make several of them in an afternoon. Wasn't that fun?
Check with me tomorrow and I'll talk about an idea I have for a block exchange. Would anyone be interested in that? - nanette