Friday, October 27, 2023

Home Town Sew Along - Week Six - Strawberry House Block Tutorial!!


Welcome to week six 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

Tulip House Block

for that tutorial

Fireworks House Block

for that tutorial

Beehive House Block
for that tutorial

Sheep House Block
for that tutorial

 Cherry House Block 
for that tutorial

Tea House Block
for that tutorial

Today we are making the 
Strawberry House!!

Here is a list of the
  Home Town 
Sew Simple Shapes 
needed for this block:
1 - Q-1
1 - Q-7
1 - Q-11
1 - Q-12
4 - Q-16
1 - Q-23
1 - Q-24
1 - Q-26
5 - Q-31
5 - Q-39
1 - Q-59
1 - Q-63

You will need prepared 
1/4" cut on bias strips for
the strawberry stems.
1 - 14" long
4 - 3" long
You will not need to press ends under
but will need to press them curvy
like I showed you in the week one video.

You will need a 1" prepared 
straight bias strip for the front porch.
It should measure 2 1/2" long 
after both ends are pressed under.  

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:)

Let's sew the shapes:)

After trimming and before turning
 you will need to clip the cleavage 
in the strawberry tops and shrub... 
 the planter...roof and the chimney.

Turned...shaped and pressed.
Let's build our last house!

I started by gluing the 
strawberry tops to the strawberries
like this:)

Next thing I did was the house.
And just like last time
I was able to build this one entirely
 before I glued it to my background!

 First I glued the house and roof together. 
I also glued the 
chimney to the roof
The chimney is about 2 1/4" up from roof.
Together from the top of chimney 
to bottom of house it's 11 1/4" tall

I glued the door and front porch 
together and glued it 1" in from
the right side
 of the house.
I glued the half window
 centered 1/4" above the door.

Let's install the windows!

I placed the bottom row 
of windows 1 1/2" up
 from the house bottom and
 3/4" in from the left side of 
the house and the left side of door.
The windows are 1/2" apart 
from top and bottom rows.
I also planted the shrub 1/2" down 
from the house bottom and 1/2"
in from the left side of house.

Now to place the house onto the background!
This house is NOT directly in the 
center of the block.
I placed my long ruler on the 
center pressed line(left side of ruler)
and placed my house so that the 
left side of the ruler is 1/2" into 
the two windows on the left of the house.
The house is placed 1/2" down
into the grass. 

Use your rulers to keep it all straight.

Now to plant the strawberries!

Place the top of the planter 
1" above the grass.
I placed the stem 2" in from the
 top left side of planter and 
2 1/4" away from the left side of house.

I just pinned my stem about 
3/4" of the way up at this point
(leaving the top unpinned) 
and after I pin the strawberries
 on and also tuck the
 shorter stems underneath it 
before I will glue all stems down.

Always use your rulers 
to keep things straight.

Next I placed the leaves.
Large leaf is 1/4" past 
the left side of planter and the 
small leaf is 1/4" away from house.

The four bottom strawberries 
are close to the stem...
approximately 1/8" away.

Here is how I placed them:
I placed the red floral strawberry 
just above the small leaf
 and then another strawberry 
1/4" above that one.
I placed the top strawberry 
3" above the roofline.
The right side of this strawberry
 is 3/4" to the right of 
the top left corner of roof.

That takes care if the strawberries
 on the right side of stem...
now let's place the two on left side.

I put the pink strawberry 3/8" up
from the top of the large leaf
and the remaining red strawberry
 1" above the pink one:)
That was a lot of measuring instructions

I tucked the short stems to each 
strawberry underneath the main stem
 and curved and pinned the 
main stem at the top 
so that 
all would form a natural curve
 into and underneath the strawberry tops.
At this point I glued down the parts 
of those stems that you 
see pinned in the photo. 
*Pinning close together at the top
 of the stem really helps 
to form a smooth curve.

Now you can pin the 
rest of the stem ends after
 tucking them under strawberry tops.
I trimmed off a bit of each stem 
end as necessary:)
Now my strawberries are planted 
and growing high above my house!

It's time to Sue Glue everything down
and then check your measurements 
using the 14 1/2" Trim-It Ruler.
My Strawberry House is built...
it's ready for applique!!!!

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

 I just had to include
 a house with strawberries in my quilt!
We had a very large patch of 
strawberries in the front side yard 
of our house...and yes its still there:)
Strawberries warmed from the sun and 
picked fresh taste extra sweet!
We also made fresh jams...syrups and pies
as well as strawberry shortcake.
We added them to our homemade
 lemonade as well.

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

5" Home Town Pieced Blocks
#22 - #9 - #38 - #13

I did the ninth tutorial
for the 5" Home Town Pieced Blocks
on my YouTube channel as per usual.

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

to watch the video
for #9 Home Town Block:)

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

I have continued to film the tutorials
 twice weekly during this sew along
and I'll talk about the 
tenth tutorial on Monday here on my blog.
Hopefully you have been able
 to do your 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 Monday 
and I'll give you the link to
our Home Town #10 pieced block
and talk about finishing our quilt!!

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