Wednesday, April 4, 2012

House block tutorial for Stash Bee

Good afternoon guys!

I'm the queen bee of Hive 2 this month over at Stash Bee and for my block I decided on house blocks.  Since we're supposed to include a tutorial in our post detailing what kind of block we want so I whipped up this one.

Hope you enjoy!

When I make a paper piecing pattern I start with a piece of paper the size of the finished block I want to make.  If you want to make it easy on yourself you can use freezer paper, but in this case I used just plain scrapbooking paper because i had it on hand.

With pencil I draw the design I want to make, trying to make it as simple as possible.  Since I'll be paper piecing I extend my lines all the way across the block to make sewing the seams easier.

With a pencil I add numbers in the order I plan on sewing the pieces together.  I added color in photoshop to make it easier to see how I planned to assemble the block after cutting all the pieces.  I plan on assembling all A pieces first, then all B pieces, then all C, D, and E pieces.  Then I plan on sewing A to B to C to D then to E. (makes sense, right?)

***Very important!  It will be much easier to re-assemble the block if you have an idea of where everything needs to go.  You can either make a sketch of your design and include all the numbers, or if you rather you can snap a photo of your block before cutting it.  This is important if you get stumped so that you can look back on it to see how it's all supposed to go together.***

The next step is to cut out all of the pieces.  After cutting all the pieces I arrange them in piles by what fabrics I will use.  For example: A1, A3, B1 & B3 in my sketch are all grass, so I group them together and put them with the fabric I plan to use for grass.  A2 & B2 are both pathway, so I gather them together and put them with the fabric I plan to use for the pathway.

If you used freezer paper to make your design your next step is to iron the pieces to your fabric with the fabric right side up, making sure to leave a 1/4 inch allowance around all edges, since when you go to cut your pieces you'll need to include seam allowances.

If you used regular paper then it's time to find a craft glue stick.  You're going to make a thin layer of glue on the back of your pattern pieces and glue them to the right side of your fabric.  Trust me, the glue will hold the pattern to the fabric while you cut your pieces without causing shifting, and will release when you want to take the pattern piece off.  Any reside that might be left can easily be removed with a damp cloth, or if you're patient it will come off naturally with the first wash of the quilt.

Using a ruler and a rotary cutter, cut all the pieces with a 1/4 inch seam allowance on all sides.

Once all pieces are cut, start sewing them together in their numbered order, pressing all seams as you go. 

Here it is with pieces A, B & C assembled. 

Fully assembled with the different sections all labeled.

All done!  Sorry the pictures are a little scarce on the last few steps.  I always get so excited about what I'm making I forget to take photos as I go.  Anyways, hope you enjoy making your own house blocks!



  1. That is so cute! I love it! Great job!

  2. Cute! I actually found a birdhouse pattern...would that be okay for your quilt?

  3. This house looks adorable!

    I am so sorry, that I am horrible late on the stash bee block this month but I promise I will make it the next days! I have an idea but ... I could tell you stories but I better go to the machine ;)


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