Monday, October 22, 2018

Autumn Love Sew Along - Week Ten - House Block - Part Two!!

Well hello again:)
Welcome to the 
Autumn Love Sew Along

It's Week Ten!...
only two more weeks to go
 until we can put 
all of the blocks together:)

Today we are going to finish up
 the house block by adding the
 appliqués at the bottom:)

Step One after last week:
Sew the AUTUMN BLOCK that we made 
in Week Four to the
 bottom of the house:)
Now we can prepare the appliqués!

Autumn Love 
Sew Simple Shapes
 for this week are:
3 - F1
2 - F5
2 - F7
2 - F18
3 - F20
6 - F21
2 - F25
2 - F26

Cut 3 - 1/4" wide bias  1 1/4" long 
for the acorn stems.

Press a slight curve into a 
6 1/2" long piece of 
Nutmeg 1/4" wide bias strip.
No worries! 
Even though it was NOT
 cut on the bias...
you will be able to 
press it slightly curved.

Take note that when you are
 tracing these shapes 
for the squirrel...
you will need to trace a set
 in reverse because they are
 facing opposite directions.

Draw a line down the center of 
the F1 traced circles 
for the acorn tops.
Remember that this is the way
 we did them in Week Six 
for the Oak Leaf Block:)

Sew them like this...

Trim...turn and shape.
This is a good time to remind you 
that this turning tool is
 your best friend when it comes to
 shaping up your shapes!
I would not be able
 to do without it:)

These are the shapes that need
 inner curves and cleavage areas 
clipped before turning:)

All shaped...pressed and 
ready for glue basting!

Before you start...
measure in 1 1/4" from each end
 of the acorn bottoms and trim.

The raw edges will 
tuck under the acorn tops.
You may want to 
save the other ends...
because you never know...
I may have something 
for you to do with them!

Let's start with the pumpkin 
on the right side.
Measure in 3/4" from the edge 
and place the first oval.

Place the other oval 
on the left side and measure 
so that your pumpkin is 
5 3/4" across like this.

You can trim the left side oval off
 a bit to reduce bulk:)

Now you can add the center oval...
the stem and the leaf.

Now for the squirrel:)
Measure 1" from the door and
 place the feet and the 
belly on that line.
Tuck the tail underneath.
Don't glue the arm yet...
just set it there.

Repeat for the left side of the block...
starting with the pumpkin.
Use page 18 of the sew along guide
 to trace the vines for embroidery:)

Add the left side squirrel:)
Just set the arm there...
don't glue baste it yet...

Because you will need to 
glue baste the bias strip first!

Measure 1 3/4" up from the 
bottom of the door and 
place glue dots (slightly curved)
 right above the ruler like this.

Glue the strip down... 
and now you can glue baste the arms:)

Press the acorn stems in half. 
Glue the center acorn bottom first
 and then the ones on each side.
Just set the tops there for placement
 but don't glue them down yet ...

Until you glue the stems first.
Space them about 1 1/2" apart like this.

Now you can glue the acorn tops!

Three cute little acorns 
hanging in a row:)

Now you can do all of 
the applique on the house block!

Just like all of the 
other pumpkin vines in the quilt...
I used all six strands of 
my dark green Aurifloss.

I will sew a 
Cute Little Button 
on for the doorknob:)

It should measure 
26 1/2" x 36 1/2" 
sewing your quilt together:)

Have you finished up
 all of your 4" star blocks?
When you do...
sew them into rows of  seven stars....
and sew the sashing strips 
in-between like this.

The 2 rows on the outside edges 
of this photo are the rows 
that go on the sides 
of the house block.

Sew a sashing strip onto each end 
before adding to the house.

I always press towards my sashing strips:)
The two side strips should measure
 36 1/2" long to fit the sides 
of the house block...
but of course anytime there is
 a lot of piecing involved 
sometimes it may be a little 
too long or a little too short.
If this happens...
it's easy to adjust the length 
of the border strips within the 
sashing strips that are between
 the blocks.

After you have added the side rows...
then you can add the 
two remaining star rows 
to the top and the bottom
 of the house block:)
You can adjust them as needed
 in the same way as well:)

You can do this now if you would like ...
or of course you can save this step
 for when you assemble the entire quilt 
after all of your blocks are completed:)

Here are all four
 Harvest Star blocks completed...
The tutorial for all of the 
pieced blocks are back on Week Four.

Remember that each and every tutorial 
remains here on my blog 
if you need to revisit.
Simply scroll down and look at 
the right side bar of my blog.
When you find the week that you want...
click on it...
 and it will take you right there!

Next week we will be doing the 
Crows and Vines Block...
See you right back here then!


Mary Pat Proctor said...

This looks so great!! I am hoping to catch up so that I can finish along with you all!! thanks for posting this quilt along--even though I am behind, I have enjoyed every bit of it!! I admire your talent and organization!
Keep up the great--and fun work! :)

Tina said...

This house block is just SO stinkin' cute!! I'm working on my 28 stars today (I skipped it because I got behind and I went for the Scarecrow which just needs to be glued down) so it's stars today, then I've already turned my Milk Can pieces, then it's back to the rest of the stars and the 'autumn' wording. Lori, I am loving your QuiltAlong and I just wanted to say thank you - I'm really enjoying it immensely!!!

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