Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Houses for June 7 work night

Lately we've been working on group projects at Sew Sassy work nights and it's been great fun! I thought I'd give you a preview of coming attractions in case you'd like to join us!

We're going to be making house blocks on June 7. The idea came from the quilts Barbara J. Eikmeier sews with kids. She demonstrated butterfly and house blocks on Simply Quilts and put the instructions on the HGTV website. The only difference in these blocks is that we're putting a person or animal in the doorway of each house instead of making a door out of the roof fabric. I love the ballons in the sky in this block -- do you suppose this guy is happy because it's his birthday?

Every block will be different. We have some nighttime skies, some with sun, some with fluffy clouds. The grasses are a variety of greens, and the houses are, well, wild! If you'd like to make some blocks to contribute, click the HGTV link above for directions. The cutting directions are a little confusing because the pieces are labeled A,B,C, etc., instead of "house," "sky," or "grass," so I'll give you my notes to help you get started:

Fabric A - Roof and Door*
one 4-1/2" x 12-1/2" rectangle (roof)
one 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangle (*door -- but we're fussy cutting people or animals)

Fabric B - Sky
two 4-1/2" squares

Fabric C - House
two 5-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles
one 2-1/2" square

Fabric D - Grass
one 2-1/2" x 12-1/2" rectangle

The block finishes at 12" square (12-1/2" with seam allowances).

Have fun! We hope to see you at the work night. We'll also have string blocks to make and you can always work on one of our kits or bring your own project if you prefer. See you there!

1 comment:

Lynda said...

I can't believe that no one has commented on this excellent blog! It's wonderful to see all the fantastic Linus quilts, and get some inspiration for simple yet gorgeous quilts. I particularly like the Happy House blocks and will be using the pattern to make quilts for project Linus here in Leicestershire, England. I will, of course credit you girls. Keep up the good work!