Saturday, November 15, 2008

House Quilt - applique by hand

House quilts have a special place in my heart. I love the traditional red and white antique versions.

The one I decided to make is a more modern version. Remember those Oakshott fabrics I picked up? Well, since I didn't have a lot of them, I cut enough house blocks to make a small 16 block quilt.

The blocks come together quickly. I'm doing them all by hand, using freezer paper.

I cut out the freezer paper in the shape of the house by tracing it, then iron the waxy side of it to the right side of the fabric that will become the 'house'. After that, just pin it on the backing fabric, and turn the edges under as you go around using a blind applique stitch.

Easy as pie.

My favorite thread is YLI's #100, 100% silk thread. It is so thin that you really cannot see it in the finished block. Use the thread color of the house, not the background, or a taupe color if you don't have the right color at hand.

And if you haven't seen Kathie's house block on her Inspired by Antique Quilts Blog, take a quick click over, it's awesome. Very repro-looking but could also pass for Japanese Taupe as well. Cool!!

5 comments:

Liz said...

I can't wait to see the finished quilt. That block looks great!

Karissa said...

Wow, that is beautiful! I love me a good bit of handwork!

kathleen said...

preeeetty.... cannot wait to see a bunch of these all connected and cozy.

Kathie said...

this is awesome!
glad you like my block!
I LOVE house blocks...
Kathie

Kathie said...

email me I have something I want to show you
Kathie...