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I wanted to make a quilt block of a house that looks a little like my house. I live in a stucco house in California. My house actually faces the hills, so I took a few liberties.

This design is very simple to make but feel free to design your own by following these steps.

Sketch:

1. First start with a sketch of the block on graph paper. I wanted my house block to finish at 12” x 12”, so each square of the graph paper represents 1”. Just draw straight lines. If I can do this, you can.

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2. I like to play with color schemes using colored pencils, so I make a couple black-and-white copies of my drawing and fill in with colors I like. My house has a teal door :).

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3. I also separated the block into columns on the graph paper, so I could easily see how to cut and assemble the pieces.

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Cutting:

White:

Cut 1 strip 2 1/2” x 12 1/2” for sky.

Cut 9 squares 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” for windows and corners of sky.

Cut 6 squares 2” x 2” for half-square triangles.

Brown:

Cut 8 squares 2” x 2” for half-square triangles.

Cut 1 strip 1 1/2” x 8 1/2”.

Cut 2 strips 1 1/2” x 7 1/2”.

Cut 2 strips 1 1/2” x 3 1/2”.

Cut 3 strips 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”.

Cut 4 squares 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”.

Light Brown:

Cut 4 squares 2” x 2” for half-square triangles.

Red:

Cut 2 squares 2” x 2” for half-square triangles.

Cut 2 squares 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”.

Cut 5 strips 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”.

Tan:

Cut 11 squares 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”.

Cut 5 strips 1 1/2” x 5 1/2”.

Teal:

Cut 1 strip 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” for door.

Green:

Cut 3 squares 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” for grass.

Half-square triangles:

1. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of 6 white and 2 light brown and 2 red 2” x 2” squares. Place the 2” x 2” squares in pairs with right sides together as follows: 4 white squares with 4 browns squares, 2 white squares with 2 light brown squares, 2 brown squares and 2 light brown squares, and 2 brown and 2 red squares. 

2. Sew a scant 1/4” on either side of the drawn line for each pair of squares. Cut on the drawn line and press the seam of each half-square triangle toward the dark fabric. Trim each half-square triangle to 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”.

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Assemble the block:

1. Arrange the cut pieces and half-square triangles in 12 columns using the sketch for reference. Make sure the half-square triangles are properly oriented.

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2. Sew the pieces into 12 columns using a 1/4” seam allowance. Press each seam open.

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3. Pin the columns together matching seams and stitch. Press seams open.

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4. Stitch the 2 1/2” x 12 1/2” white piece to the top. Press seam toward the white piece.

5. Trim block to 12 1/2” x 12 1/2”.

Fuse simple tree, bush or sun shapes, if desired. Gorgeous!

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This thread catcher is so simple to make and very useful. I’ve used it so much, that I made 2 more so I could have 1 on my ironing board and another on my cutting table.

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I took a dollar store vase and an old wrist pin cushion from junior high home ec class. I removed the plastic wrist band and threaded a ribbon through the back of the pin cushion. I wrapped the ribbon around the narrowest part of the vase and tied a big bow in the back of the vase, like this.

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I also like to put scissors, a rotary cutter, pen or pencil inside so I have a place for everything I need. It’s easy to lift out the other items when it’s time to dump those threads and trimmings. I keep the trimmings and need to know, WHAT TO DO WITH THE TRIMMINGS?? They are too pretty to throw away.

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Now it’s back to the dollar store to get another vase so I can have a thread catcher vase by my recliner, where I do my handsewing.

Let me know what you think of this idea!

If nothing else, it beats the sad, saggy sack of yester year. Here’s a picture I pulled off the internet. Gee, I thought there was a requirement that all thread catchers be made of cat fabric. 🙂

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