House Quilt

Back in July I had the distinct opportunity to take my first quilt class! It was a gift from my wonderful mother-in-law, and we took the class together. We followed this great free pattern for a house quilt. I used only scraps from my stash, which gave me a great opportunity to use up those last pieces of some beloved fabrics. Here’s my mostly- finished quilt top (it needs one more border I think):

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Here’s some close-ups of a few of my blocks:

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As you can see, I had some trouble with the top piece matching up with the other two. I did a lot of fiddling, changing my seam width, changing the width of that middle piece – in the end I just trimmed all my blocks down to the same size, careful not to take too much because then I’d mess with the 1/4″ seams that make the corners of the houses. Anyway, a lot can be hidden with some careful cutting and sewing.

Here’s a short tutorial on how to make the corners for the roof! This was the most exciting part of the class … learning a cheater’s way to do triangles and corners!

Use a pencil and draw a line from one corner to the other on your 3.5″ square.

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Pin and sew the square to the end of your roof piece, following the line you just drew.

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I learned to sew that seam just a hair’s width to the right of my drawn line. This helps when it’s time to fold your triangle over.

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Fold the triangle up and match the corners with the other side of your square, and your roof piece.

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This part is optional, but I chose to do it to cut down on the overall bulk of my quilt. Trim off the excess of the original square 1/4″ from your sewn seam.

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It’ll look like this.

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Do the same thing on the other side of the roof piece. Yes, the pieces will overlap at the top.

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Your finished roof! Trim the excess on the back again. Do the same with the other roof piece, sewing a background square to the right side of the piece.

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Once you’ve sewn your three strips together, they’ll look like this:

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Sew them together, and voila!

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This is Marge, our teacher for this project, holding up my quilt. She was such a lovely teacher! The class was taken at Cotton & Chocolate in Thousand Oaks, a lovely quilt shop if you’re ever in the area.

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