Monday, October 2, 2023

Home Town Sew Along - Week Three - Bird House Tutorial!!


Welcome to week three 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:)

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

Today we are building the 
Bird House!!

Here is a list of the
  Home Town 
Sew Simple Shapes 
needed for this block:
1 - Q-1
1 - Q-4
1 - Q-7
1 - Q-9
1 - Q-14
5 - Q-17
1 - Q-19
1 - Q-20
1 - Q-22
1 - Q-23
1 - Q-50
1 - Q-51
1 - Q-63

You will need prepared 
1/4" straight bias strips: 
*2 - for the bird legs - 1 1/2" long
*2 - for tree branches - 1 3/4" long
after one end is pressed under.

You will need a prepared 3/8"
straight strip for above
 the side addition roof trim
it should measure 5 1/2" long
after one end is pressed under.

You will need prepared 
1/2" straight bias
*2 - for the tree trunks
one should measure 5" long 
and the other should measure 3" long
after just one end is pressed under.
*1 for the chimney top
it should measure 2" after
 both ends are 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:)

Okay let's get started!!

Before you sew the Q-50 Bird shape
 you will need to sew these fabrics together.
Use a 1/4" seam allowance and sew the 
square for the beak on the top left side.
Press the seams open.

You can tell exactly where 
the beak needs to go...
now sew the shape as per usual! 

Sew all the rest of the shapes and trim.
Before turning clip the cleavage areas
 in the trees... shrubs... 
chimney and the bird.  

All turned...shaped and pressed:)

I glued some of the shapes together 
before pinning them to the design board.
I glued the strip on top of the chimney
and the roof on top of the side addition.
I glued the short trunk behind the
left tree and it measures 2 1/4" long.
I glued the tall trunk 3" down from
the top of the right tree and tucked the 
side branches underneath the trunk. 

I also glued the bird wing and legs.

I glued the roof onto the house
and together they measure 9 1/2" tall.
I glued the chimney on top of the house 1 /2" in from the right and it 
measures 2 1/2" above the roofline.
I glued the topper onto the door and
I also glued the front porch about
1/4" up onto the bottom of the door.
Together it now measures 6" tall.

I used my ruler to keep everything straight.

Back view:)

Next place the house onto your background.
This house IS NOT in the center
but the left side of the chimney is! 
 Use your center pressed crease
 to line it up...and place the bottom 
of house 3/4" into the grass.

Now it's time to build a 
side addition to our house!
It should measure 3" wide after
tucking it under the side right side
and be even with the house bottom. 

I tucked the tree trunk under the top
 of the new addition so that the top 
of the tree is 1/4" taller than the roof
and the left side of tree trunk is
 1 3/4" away from the right side of house.

 Next I placed the door 5/8" in
 from the left side of house.
The bottom of the DOOR (not porch)
lines up with the bottom of the house. 

Now let's install the windows!

I placed the windows 2" up from the bottom of the house and 1/2" in from the 
right side of house and the 
right side of the door.

 Top row of windows are spaced 3 /4" 
apart from the bottom row.  

I measured up 2 1/4"
from the bottom of the addition and
 1/2" in from the right side of house
 and installed the last window.

I planted the shrubs 1/4" 
down on the bottom of the house:)

Now let's plant the other tree 
on the left side of the house!

The tree trunk is planted 1 1/4" 
 from the side of the house
and is 1/4" down into the grass.

Now it's time for the bird 
to fly up on the rooftop!

Tuck his legs underneath the roof 
and about 1/2" in from edge.
Sunbonnet Sue says that it 
should measure 12" tall
from the tip of the wing to the
TOP of the front porch:)

Now you can Sue Glue everything down
and then check your measurements 
using the 14 1/2" Trim-It Ruler.
My Bird 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 trees and 
a bird because that was simply my childhood:)
We had lots of trees to climb in my yard
and climb them I did!!
When you have a lot of trees...
you have a lot of birds
and I loved watching them and feeding them
and listening to their songs...
(and I still do)

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

5" Home Town Pieced Blocks
#2 - #15 - #28 - #35

I did the second tutorial
for the 5" Home Town Pieced Blocks
on my Youtube channel yesterday.

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

These blocks are easy and fun to make 
and in this video I talk about 
how I'm cutting the fabric to 
make the quilt for my bed 
that I told you about in the
 first pieced block video.

I also explain exactly how many blocks
 I'll be making and what size
 my bed quilt will be.

to watch the video:)

And 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 
Tulip House Block tutorial...


Helen Bowie said...

Lori, as always your quilt ideas and quilting is beautiful. It sounds like you had a happy childhood and it reflects in all your work! I did not recognize you in the picture. OMG! You lost so much weight it changed your looks so much. You look awesome!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lori, I just love your products. I have your Sew Simple Shapes and your rulers and some of your beautiful fat quarter bundles. My fav blocks of your Hometown series Quilt are the bluebirds!! ❤️. I almost didn't recognize the new you either, what with your tremendous weight loss and your new look! You look Chic!

craftydeb said...

I agree!☺️ Lori looks absolutely stunning with her new look. I have been a fan awhile now and love her sew simple shapes, rulers, and especially her fabrics! My fav blocks of this Hometown series is the ones with the Bluebirds! I'm not making the quilt I don't think, although it's adorable 🥰, but I'd make the blocks with the birds!

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