Welcome to my Day on the Wicked Blog Hop, hosted by the Wicked Wendy of why-knot-kwilt.blogspot.com and thought up by Madame Samm of http://www.sewwequilt.com and many thanks to them both for sorting this out. Wicked Wendy has been wonderful, answering emails and sorting out who and when; you did a Wicked job!!!! As you know, if you read my blog, my first Blog Hop was the Red, White & Blue One hosted in July by Jane at Jane’s Fabrics and Quilts. The second one I participated in was Think Christmas in August hosted by Lesley from The Cuddle Quilter. For the Red, White & Blue one I did a log cabin block and for Think Christmas I did four houses. Which brings me to our Wicked Blog Hop today. I decided to combine the house block with the log cabin block to make a spooky house come log cabin!!!!! If you do read my blog you will know I have been having a little trouble with quilting, mainly this block!!! I had to re-size the house block and then adjust the log cabin block, which was not easy. The finished block has come out at 10 1/2″ instead of the 12 1/2″ I have done in the past, but I think it turned out really well.
I also said I would do a little tutorial for this, so here goes :
Here are the pieces to make the house block (don’t you just love the colours) This is what I cut :
Green Strip : 1 x 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ (This is the black strip under the house in the diagram) Orange Halloween Fabric : 2 x 1 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ (This is the body of the house) 2 x 1 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ 1 x 1 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ 1 x 17/8″ x 1 7/8″
Red Tile Fabric : 1 x 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ (This is the roof block) 1 x 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″
Plain Orange Fabric: 1 x 1 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ (This makes the sky, door and windows) 1 x 1 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ 1 x 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ 2 x 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ 1 x 1 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ 2 x 3/4″ x 1 1/4″ Purple Halloween Pattern : 2 x 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ (This makes the chimney blocks) You will have to allow for some cutting down and straightening up as I have had to reduce the original measurements!
1. Using the 1 7/8″ squares pair them as follows :
A Plain Orange square with an Orange Halloween square An Orange Halloween square with a Red Tile square A Plain Orange Square with a Red Tile Square Use the easy sandwich method to make six triangle square units from the paired squares. Set aside. To make the house block sew Purple Halloween chimney block (1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″) to a Plain Orange sky rectangle (3/4″ x 1 1/4″) along the 1 1/4″ side, press. Do the same for the other chimney block.
Sew the sky (Plain Orange Fabric) between the chimney blocks (1 1/4″ x 1 3/4″) and press.
Assemble the top row by sewing the two 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ Plain Orange squares to the ends of the chimney and sky strips. Press. This makes the sky and chimney block.
Now move on to the roof block :
Arrange your paired squares as in the diagram Plain Orange fabric with the Orange Halloween fabric, the Orange Halloween Fabric and Red Tile Fabric, then your Red Tile Fabric Square (1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″). Finally a Red Tile Fabric and Plain Orange Fabric square. As above. Sew together and then press to make the roof block.
The House Body :
Sew an Orange Halloween Fabric Bar (1 1/4″ x 2 3/4″) each side of a Plain Orange fabric bar (1 1/4″ x 2 3/4″) and press. This makes the walls either side of the door.
Sew an Orange Halloween Fabric bar (1 1/4″ x 1 1/2″) each side of the Plain Orange fabric bar (1 1/4″ x 1 1/2″) and press. This makes the walls either side of the window.
Sew an Orange Halloween Fabric bar (1 1/2″ x 3 1/4″) to the bottom of the window block from the step above.
Sew the window and bar block to the walls and door block to make the body of the house block as above.
My Rows ready to sew together.
Sew the three rows of blocks together beginning with the sky/chimney block to the roof block and then the body of the house block, finally adding the green strip at the bottom under the house.
Mine measures 5″ x 4 1/2″. As the measurements have been adjusted you may need to do a little trimming and straightening!
I then added my Log Cabin strips which instead of 2″ wide I made 1″ wide. I measured each side of my House Block and made the strips that long. If you read the Red, White & Blue Blog Hop tutorial you will remember that you add the log cabin strips either clockwise or anti-clockwise. However which ever way you start, keeping going the same way!
Here is the first round of log cabin blocks added
You can of course add as many strips as you wish, building it up as you go.
The Finished Block
I decided to add a border of the Red Tile Fabric as a frame. I love the way this has turned out and the colours are amazing. I just love them so much.
My finished 10 1/2 ” Wicked Blog Hop Block which I am going to make into a small mat for my Halloween/Fall decorating.
I do hope you have understood the tutorial, but if there are any problems or queries please email me and I will try and sort it out, as I said it was not easy sizing down the block! I don’t know how quilt designers do it!!!!!
I am having a Giveaway. There are three lovely Halloween decorations and a Halloween Pin Cushion I have made from the fabrics left over from the block above.
To Win all you have to do is follow my blog, if you don’t already, and just leave a comment to let me know you stopped by. That’s it. I will ship Internationally and please make sure you are not a no-reply blogger. If you are not sure, leave me your email address in your comment.
I will announce the winner on Friday October 26th, so I can get it in the post to you for Halloween.
The pin cushion design is from Ayumi Takahashi at Pink Penguin and she allows some of her designs to be used for personal use, and they are great. Thanks to her.
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed your visit to my Day on the Wicked Blog Hop. I love hearing from you and have had great fun with this Hop, so thanks to Wendy and Madame Samm.
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