Mittwoch, 29. August 2012

TUTORIAL: Beach House Block

You asked for a tutorial for my Beach Houses Quilt and here it is!

This is my very first tutorial for a quiltblock that I designed myself. It´s a fast and easy block with one 'flying geese' block and three (jellyrole friendly) stripes. The pattern is also great to use up scraps. Depending on the used colors it could be a summery quilt like mine, or it could be a colorful scrappy one and I could also imagine a Christmas quilt with little houses in a snowy village. 

I hope you have fun with it!

I sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance and usually don´t pin unless I feel it´s absolutely necessary for accuracy -then I will tell you in this tutorial to pin. Please feel free to pin as much or less as you like ;-)

#1: cut your fabrics - for one house you need
2 stripes in red:         2.5 x 6.5 inches
1 stripe in white:       2.5 x 6.5 inches
1 square in red:        5.25 inches (cut diagonally)
1 square in white:     4 inches (cut diagonally)

the finished block size is 6 x 9"
(6.5 x 9.5" with seam allowances)

# 2 the layout (to show you that you´ll have 1 red triangle extra)

 #3: lay the white triangle on top of the red triangle like this:
line them up at the bottom
the white triangle should look over the red triangle on top!

# 4: turn both triangles around (pin if desired)

#5 watch out for the white corner

#6 start sewing on top

#7 press the white triangle towards the darker fabric
lay the white triangle on top

#8 press towards the darker fabric
your block should look like this, with little dog ears:

#9 trim the flying geese block to 6.5 x 3.5 inches- make sure to leave the 1/4 inch seam allowance on the top

# 10 sew the stripes for the houses together and press towards the darker fabrics
(if you use jelly rolls you can sew 3 stripes together and cut them to 6.5 " squares later)

 #11 sew the 'roofs' to the 'houses' (I like to assembly line sew here)

#12 you want your seams to look like this

#13 press this seams open - look out for the little white triangles

#14 that´s how the seam allowances look from the right sides

#15 lay the houses right sides together
pin right through the corners of these little white triangles -this is where you want to sew through later

 #16 fix with two pins

 #17 sew and press open

#18 from the front it should look like this:

#19 sew as many houses together as you like in a row -use 2.5 inch stripes for the sashing to connect the rows
when adding the sashing you want to sew right through this point on top of the roof

#20 you are done! 
on my design wall
If you want you can add borders. I added 1.5 inch stripes in sand (the beach) and 3 inch stripes in babyblue (the sea) and will bind it with babyblue gingham, cut on the bias (the sky).

If you have any questions please ask in the comments - I´ll try to answer them here too.

Das gilt natürlich auch für den Fall, dass irgendein englischer Ausdruck in der Anleitung unverständlich ist!

Of course I´d love to see your quilts /babyquilts /wallhangings / pillows you make with this pattern- so please show them to me!

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  1. I love it! I wanted to make a beach themed quilt... I think I have my quilt all ready!

  2. I love this quilt. Very cute. I'll have to bookmark it and remember. Thanks for the comment. I don't have to carry the sword, my husband does, and its for a costume. I will be sharing the costume next week sometime, when I get it all finished and photographed.

  3. Great tutorial - I love this quilt. I think I will add it to my list of to dos!

  4. Great tutorial! It was very easy to understand. I like the two borders a lot. How clever to include the sand and sea!

  5. Thanks for the tutorial! I love LOVE house blocks, and love your beach houses!! :o) I might have to try this one sometime. xo


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