I have often been asked by customers to do some house templates, which has posed some difficulty because patchwork houses are generally simple shapes, made of squares and triangles.
So this holiday period I started playing with the concept of a patchwork village, consisting of houses and trees, and allowing a lot of freedom for quilters to do their own thing. And I decided not to create a special template set for this, but to use several of my existing tools, which I am sure many of you have.
Here is what I have come up with so far:
Already I have created 3 separate blocks; Trees, the Long House and Garage and the Large Two story house.
You can see that I have used my scraps (again), and I have used calico as the background. I did try other colours at first, but a light colour did work best.
I do intend to add more blocks as I get inspired and to build up the quilt month by month. So follow my blog and watch this Village grow.
Before we start, here are my guidelines.
First here are my tools I used. The squares to Triangle strips, I used the small size, my 2 1/2″ by 12 1/2″ ruler , and my 7 1/2″ square. The square could be any size from 6″ to 9 1/2″, but no smaller.
I know that many of you will already have these tools because they are so handy.
I always make my blocks larger at first and then square up and cut to size when finished.
The windows and doors are layered on top of the house and I did some straight stitching around the edges of the doors and windows, just don’t stitch close to the edge as that will fray the edges. If you wish, you can do a blanket or satin stitch around the edge, I was going for speed.
I used small left over pieces of fusible web for door handles, and the chimney of the large two storied house.
Each block is cut to 12 1/2″ in height when completed. The quilt top will be made up of rows with some brown sashing between rows when I finally put the quilt top together.
It is easy to put the rows together, I am adding vertical strips between blocks to make each row the required width.
Although I won’t start putting the rows together yet, as I intend to make some more different blocks, building on the concept of the village.