Stitch feb 2024
Stitch feb 2024

Sewing Pattern

House Block Quilt

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Create a classic winter scene to cuddle up under with our House Block Quilt. This delightful picture quilt from Corinne Bradd has a cosy Nordic feel. With clusters of houses nestled amongst snowy hills and wintry woods, it’s guaranteed to add a pop of colour to your home. We’d recommend draping this artistic throw over your sofa or displaying it on your wall. Why not use fabrics featuring an array of reindeer and fir trees for a festive touch?

Essentials
  1. Fabric: fat quarters, patterned; cotton, white, 2.5m
  2. Quilt wadding, 40z, 1.5m
  1. House block: 31cm
  2. Quilt: 93cm x 1.2m

Sew a house block

    1. Cut a 6.5cm x 11cm rectangle for the roof. Trim a 6.5cm white cotton square and divide into two half square triangles (HSTs). Finger press the centre point of the top long edge of the rectangle and pin the two triangles below this to overlap the mark by 5mm. Stitch the diagonal edge of one triangle to the rectangle, fold out and finger press the seam before sewing the second triangle in the same way [1].

    2. Snip a 5cm x 8.5m rectangle for the door and two 4cm x 8.5cm rectangles for the walls. Stitch the pieces right sides together on the long edge so that the door sits between the two walls. Open out and finger press the seams [2].

    3. Cut a 3.5cm x 11cm rectangle from the same fabric as the walls. Sew this piece to the bottom edge of the roof, right sides together, open out and finger press. Join the other edge to the top of the walls/door section in the same way [3]. Repeat the above to make several houses and press. Snip 11cm x 16cm panels of white cotton and stitch together, three columns and two rows of plain panels and houses to make a 31cm block.

Make a quilt

    1. Create 31cm blocks as above, varying the colours and layout of the houses within each one. Sew the blocks together to make a landscape, allowing large areas of negative space between the clusters of houses. Take a suitable fabric and hand cut tree motifs from it. Pin the trees to the negative spaces between the buildings and appliqué in place with a 2.5mm wide zig zag stitch.

    2. Pin the quilt top onto wadding and white cotton fabric, trimming the layers 1cm larger than the quilt top all round. Pin and topstitch several wavy horizontal lines across the throw to represent snowy hills. Take care not to sew across the centre of the houses and trees – instead, fasten off and start again on the other side of the motif.

    3. Cut several 3cm wide strips of fabric and join end to end to make a binding strip. Pin and stitch the strip to the back of the quilt, 5mm in from the edges, mitring the corners as you do so. Fold the binding to the front side of the throw, turn under 5mm on the edge and topstitch in place.

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