Monday, October 9, 2023

Home Town Sew Along - Week Four - Fireworks House Block Tutorial!!


Welcome to week four 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!

Pineapple House Block
for that tutorial:)

Sunflower House Block
for that tutorial

Bird House Block
for that tutorial

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

Today we are building the 
Fireworks House!!

Here is a list of the
  Home Town 
Sew Simple Shapes 
needed for this block:
1 - Q-2
2 - Q-5
1 - Q-6
1 - Q-8
3 - Q-15
4 - Q-16
2 - Q-17
2 - Q-22
2 - Q-33
1 - Q-34
1 - Q-35
1 - Q-36

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

You will need 2 prepared 
3/8" straight bias strips
for the side roof tops:
Each 3" long after 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 3" 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:)

When you are tracing Q-5 
for the side additions you will 
need to trace one in reverse.

I took a photo of the fabric squares
that you will need to make each firework.
Of course the cutting and the shape
 number that you need are in the guide 
but I thought you might
just like to see a visual!
We will sew a pinwheel for each firework
before sewing them to the interfacing
that you have traced the circles onto.

In this weeks 5" block tutorial
that I filmed on my YouTube channel...
I show you how to make pinwheels
in this particular method
because that's how we did them for 
Home Town Block #4 for our quilt.

Ready to sew into fireworks...

And the rest of the shapes too!! 

Sew all of the shapes and trim.
Clip the cleavage areas in both shrubs.  

All are turned...shaped and pressed
and ready to build our house:)

Here's the shapes that I glued together 
before pinning them to the background.
I glued the roof to the house 
and the chimneys to the roof
Together from the top of chimneys 
to bottom of house it's 9 1/2" tall.

The chimneys are about 1 1/4" above the
 roofline and 1" in from the sides.
The door and front porch 
glued together measure 5" tall 
and I
 glued them onto the center of the house.
I also glued the roof onto the 
side additions and placed the windows
2 1/2" up from bottom and 3/8"
in from the side. 

Back view:)

Next place the house onto your background.
This house is in the center of the block 
 so use your center pressed crease
 to line it up...and place the bottom 
of house 3/4" into the grass.
I tucked the additions under
 each side of the house even with 
the house bottom and with 1 5/8"
width showing on each addition.
The house with both side 
additions measures about 12 1/4" wide. 

Next I installed the windows
onto the front of the house:)

I placed the windows 1 3/4" up from the
 bottom of the house and 3/4" in from
the sides of house.

 Top row of windows are spaced 1/2" 
apart from the bottom row.
Place the remaining small window
centered above the door
and 1/2" down from roof bottom.

Lastly I placed the shrubs 
about 1/4" down from house bottom.

Time for the fireworks!

The easiest way to place them for me
was just randomly using
 my ruler to make sure they stayed well
within the seam allowance guidelines
and looked cute above the house:)

It's time to Sue Glue everything down
and then check your measurements 
using the 14 1/2" Trim-It Ruler.
My Fireworks House is built...
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 fireworks  
to represent the celebrations
that we had in my home town.
Everyone's favorite was Town Days
that we did every summer and we 
all participated by making floats
for the parade and/or 
riding our bikes and horses .
 Mom and Grandma and all of my aunts 
made cakes for the cake walk and 
everyone signed up to take our turn 
helping in the various booths.
We all had so much fun!
My mom sewed all of us kids 
 shorts and tops to wear...
and if it happened to be our turn 
to ride on the family float...
 she sewed the costumes for us too.
The parade was Friday night and 
the games...booths...races/contests
and food was all day long Saturday
 until dark when we ended with fireworks!! 

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

5" Home Town Pieced Blocks
#4 - #26 - #19 - #32

I did the fourth tutorial
for the 5" Home Town Pieced Blocks
on my Youtube channel last Friday.

These are the four blocks made with the
 called for prints in the guide 
that you will need to make for our quilt.

Just look how fun the first four
 5" blocks are looking together!

I can't wait to add even more
during our sew along!

to watch the video
for #4 Home Town Block:)

And of course I also did another
 10" bonus block as well 
for my table runner project:)

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 this Friday for the 
Beehive House Block tutorial...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Lori, love this hometown block! Speaking of home, I’m in Utah today going to Shepherds Bush at 10:30 😀Can’t wait! Xxx 🪡 Thanks for all your inspiration! Hugs 🤗 Suzanne Kolhagen

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