Cottage Tutorial

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I've been wanting to make a quilt designed around houses for a while now, but I didn't want it to be applique houses or a row of homes made of lots of teeny tiny pieces. I also wanted the quilt to be simple in structure with the fabric being the focus of the houses. I love working with a basic 2 1/2" square. And with jelly rolls being 2 1/2" wide, it is a popular size for basing this quilt and a fabulous way to use up scraps or fat quarters that we ALL have.
This tutorial is for the "Cottage", just one of the blocks in my Quilt Street pattern. Above is one of the cottages created with simple blocks and fussy cut fabric. This is why I've been dealing with a mess in my cutting area. I pulled out lots of fabrics and looked at them with a different eye on what would be fun to use in creating house blocks.

It is really fun to put fabrics together and make the cottages. I can think of lots of applications for the blocks. You could make a bag with a house on the front and back, a table runner, a baby quilt, a mini quilt or a full sized quilt. I hope you'll try out this block and consider the possibilities and uses.


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

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