Friday, September 29, 2023

Home Town Sew Along - Week Two - Sunflower House Tutorial!!


Welcome to week two of the 
Sew Along!
Do you have all of your "tools"
together for building a house today?

Together we are making the 
Home Town Quilt
75" x 84"

The quilt is made with my fabric
 collection called Home Town:)

I hope that you all have all 
received your 
fabric kits by now...
 and that we are all ready to begin!!

If you still need one ...
just do a quick google search for 
"Home Town Quilt Kit"
to find shops who still have some left.

We are also using the
Home Town
Sew Simple Shapes

I have already posted the
 post which details all of the supplies
 for the sew along and how it works.
I have also given the link there 
for the free PDF Download 
of the Sew Along Guide

to download the sew along guide
if you have not downloaded yet.

As per usual for the first block in my 
Sew Simple Shape Sew Alongs
 that FIRST tutorial is a video.

Because I now have my own  
 I have posted the 
 Flag House Block
Tutorial there.
to visit my channel and watch the 
tutorial and I hope that you love it!
Pretty please leave me a comment
over there and let me know:)

If you like what you see 
and my other videos there...
click on subscribe and click on the bell
 to be notified whenever
 I post another tutorial:)

 Topiary House Block 
for the tutorial!

Here's the Pineapple House Block 
that I showed you 
how to make last time:)
for that tutorial:)

Today we are building the 
Sunflower House!!

Here is a list of the
  Home Town 
Sew Simple Shapes 
needed for this block:
1 - Q-1
1 - Q-3
1 - Q-6
1 - Q-10
6 - Q-15
1 - Q-16
12 - Q-28
2 - Q-33
2 - Q-44
2 - Q-60

You will need prepared 
1/4" straight bias strips: 
*2 - for the flower stems - 7" long
*2 - for chimney tops - 1 1/2" long
after both ends are pressed under.

You will need a prepared 3/8"
straight strip for above
 the front door roof trim
one should measure 3" long
after both ends are pressed under
and the other should measure 2 3/4"
after just one end is pressed under. 

You will need a 1" prepared 
straight bias strip for the front porch.
Press both ends under and
it should now measure 2 1/2" long after.

Cut your background  
14" x 16"
and sew it to the 3 1/2" x 16" grass
pressing the seams open.
Now press in half for
 pinning and glue basting your block:)

Grab your tools and let's start building!!

Before you sew the Q-60 Planter shapes
 you will need to sew the fabrics together.
Use a 1/4" seam allowance and 
press the seams open.

You can tell where the darker fabric
 strip needs to go...
now sew the shape as per usual! 

Sew all the rest if the shapes and trim.
Before turning clip the cleavage areas
 in the sunflowers and planter sides.  

All turned...shaped and pressed:)

Now let's go build our house!

The first thing that I did was
to glue some of the shapes together 
before pinning them to the design board.
I glued the strips on top of the chimneys
and the centers onto the sunflowers.
I glued on the door and the front 
porch roof strips.
I also glued the front porch about
1/4" up onto the bottom of the door
and the window about 3/8" above the door.
I used my ruler to center everything.

Back view:)

The house, roof and chimney together
measure about 11 3/4" tall.

The chimneys are 1 1/4" taller 
than the roof
and placed about 1/2" 
in from the top corners.

Measure in 2" from each side 
of the house and glue the door piece.

Next place the house directly in the center
 of the block using your pressed crease
 to line it up...and place the bottom 
of house 3/4" into the grass.

I placed the planters so that the top 
of that dark strip on each one
 lines up with the top of the
 grass line... and about 3/8" away
 from the sides of the house.

I placed the top windows even with the
 top of the center window above the door
 and the placed the bottom windows 
1/2" down from the top windows.

The windows are in 5/8" 
from the sides of house:)

Now let's get those sunflowers
into the planters!

The stem should be 5 1/2" long
from the top of the planter to the 
bottom of the sunflower.

Repeat for the other side:)

The leaves are placed 1 1/4" in
 from the outside of fabric.
The left side top leaf is 1/4" down 
from the sunflower and the right side 
bottom leaf is 1/4" up from the planter.
All leaves on each side of the stem
are placed 1/4" apart and 1/4"
away from the side of the house. 

Repeat for the sunflower 
on the right side of the house:

Now you can Sue Glue everything down
and then check your measurements 
using the 14 1/2" Trim-It Ruler.
My Sunflower House is built...
with flowers planted 
it's ready for applique!!!!

Afterwards I'll press from the back and
 trim down to 14 1/2" square:)

I included a house with sunflowers
 because it seemed like in the summertime 
there were always sunflowers everywhere
 you looked in my hometown.
They were always growing wild on 
the side of the roads too because 
sunflowers easily re-seed themselves.
 They are such a cheerful flower
they always made me happy! 

Each year my Dad planted giant
 sunflowers across the front borders of 
our very large vegetable garden.
I remember that we loved watching 
them grow higher and higher and
wondering how tall
 they would actually get!!
We also loved to harvest the seeds and
to make feeders for the birds
from the giant sunflower heads:)
I've carried on Dad's tradition
and plant sunflowers around my veggie
garden borders to this day!

Thanks so much for sewing with me
and Miss Dolly again today
 and for joining me 
 for the second week of the 
Home Town Sew Along

We have built four houses so far 
for our neighborhood:)

5" Home Town Pieced Blocks
#18 - #1 - #30 - #34

Remember that there are 10 total 
different Home Town pieced block designs
and we are doing four of each
design in different fabrics for our quilt.
That is a total of 40 blocks...
because Quilty math says-
4 x 10 + 40!
I'll always show a picture here of
the four blocks and each of 
their assigned number of how 
they are placed in the quilt.
If you need a way to keep track of 
them and their placement...
you can view that in the sew along guide
on page 15 which is the instructions
and explanation of how the quilt
 goes together when the blocks are complete!

And so as promised...
 I began to do the tutorials
for the 5" Home Town Pieced Blocks
on my Youtube channel yesterday.
I started with block design #1 
and I love them!!
These are the four blocks made with the
 called for prints in the guide 
that you will need to make for our quilt.

I made even more than the four blocks 
needed for the quilt and 
I explain why in my video:)

to watch the video:)

And I also did a 10" bonus block as well!!
I will continue the tutorials twice 
weekly during the sew alongs that we 
can be making our pieced blocks 
in-between the applique blocks!

If you are subscribed to my channel
 and have hit the notification bell
you will be notified immediately
as soon as each video tutorial is 
published and on my way from my
sewing room to yours!!

I'll meet you right back here
on my blog next Monday for the 
Bird House Block tutorial...

1 comment:

Carla said...

I love this home town quilt and fabric. I wish I could discipline myself to do a sew along. But I can enjoy watching each block go together.

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