Sunday, 22 September 2013

Summer Beach Quilt - Part V - Pretty little houses all in a Row

This is next part of the Summer Beach  Quilt tutorial, where I'll be showing you how to make the house block. If you are making the whole quilt, then you will need 4 blocks. The roof of the beach house is made up of half-rectangle triangles--just like with the sails of the boat. The pieces required to make the roof is enough for two houses. 

For one block you will need:

2 – 5 ½” x 3 ½” gray rectangles for roof (this fabric is enough for 2 houses)
2 -  5 ½” x 3 ½” white rectangles for roof (this fabric is enough for 2 houses)
1 – 3” x 4 ½” fabric rectangle for door
2 – 4 ½” x 4” fabric rectangles for walls
1 – 2 ½” x 10” fabric for area above the door
1 small piece of cardstock (if you made the sailboat row you can use the one you had)

Using your ruler, mark a 1/2" square on one of the corners.

Lay out one 5 ½” x 3 ½” gray rectangles and one 5 ½” x 3 ½” white rectangles rectangles side-by-side with the gray on the left. Use your 1/2" mark on your cardstock to draw a dot on the inside of the lower left corner of the gray rectangle.

Now repeat with the upper left corner of the gray rectangle, and the upper-left and lower-right corners of the white rectangle as pictured below.

Draw a line connecting the dots, but then continue the line to go beyond the dots to the edge of the fabric.

Place your gray fabric on your white fabric as pictured below making sure to align the dots on the upper and lower pieces of fabric.

Pin into place (on the sailboat row I pinned them away from the center line so I wouldn't have to move the pins around, but it's up to you how you want to do it:)

Sew a line on both sides of the centerline leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. 

Cut along the line the separate. 

And press open.

To make the other side of the roof, lay out your remaining 2 rectangles with the gray on right this time. Use your cardstock to draw dots on the lower-left and upper right of the white rectangle, and upper-left and lower right of the gray square.

Now take your gray rectangle, and lay it across you white fabric as pictured below. The dots should still be facing up on both pieces so you can align the dots to match up on the upper and lower pieces. 

Next, pin into place and sew 1/4" from either side of the line. 

Then cut along the center line to separate and press open.

Now you can start assembling your house. Again, you will have an extra roof unit for another house.

Sew one left-side roof unit to one right-side. 

Next, sew your two 4 ½” x 4” (wall) rectangles to your 
3” x 4 ½” (door) rectangle

Then, sew your  2 ½” x 10” rectangle to the top of the door/wall unit

And finally, sew your roof on top! Square to 10"w x 9"h  

To finish the row for the Summer Beach quilt you will need the following sashing pieces

2 -2.75" x 9" white fabric 
3- 3" x 9" white fabric

(The reason the sashing pieces are not the same size is because while I was originally making this quilt and got to this row I realized all the sashing pieces could not be the same size and make a 50.5" row. I'm not saying my method is the greatest, this is just how I did it:)

Sew the 2.75" x 9" on the outsides of the row, and sew the 3" x 9" pieces of between each of the houses.

And now your row is all done!!!

To piece all the rows together, please refer to the assembly/layout diagram:)

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