Random Sampler QAL – Manor House

January 17, 2013 § 18 Comments

Here is the next block in the Random Sampler QAL, the Manor House.  I love house quilts. So I had to include a house block, right?  Plus, we are hooked on the Downton Abbey series. Are you?

I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get this posted.  I just couldn’t decide on what size to make it.  8-inches seemed too small. 12-inches seemed to big.  And every time I started to draw it, I came up with weird sizes.  Still, this one isn’t perfect. But it will do. I hope you like it!

This block will measure 10 1/2 -inches including seam allowances when finished.

sampler-fabrics

I’ve started making a pile of fabrics that include scraps I’ve used and scraps that might go with everything for future blocks & quilt parts. Also, I’ve started digging through the dollar bin at work – which are smaller pieces left at the end of bolts. It’s a great way to gather a variety of fabrics without investing in a whole fat quarter!

house-1

1. Cut the following fabrics.  I don’t know if it is easier to list them or to just follow the chart below.

From the Background fabric cut:

  • 3 – 3″ x 2″ rectangles
  • 2 – 3 1/2″ x 4″ rectangles

From the Chimney fabric cut:

  • 2 – 1 3/4″ x 2″ rectangles

From the Roof fabric cut:

  • 1 – 3 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangle

From the Left House Side Trim fabric cut:

  • 1 – 5″ x 1 1/2 rectangle

From the Left House Side fabric cut:

  • 1 – 5″ x 1 1/2 rectangle
  • 2 – 1 3/4″ x 4″ rectangles

From the Right House Side Trim fabric cut:

  • 1 – 6″ x 1 1/2 rectangle

From the Right House Side fabric cut:

  • 2 – 6″ x 1 1/2 rectangles
  • 1 – 2″ x 3″ rectangle
  • 2 – 1 1/2″ x 3″ rectangles

From the Door & Window fabric cut:

  • 1 – 2 1/2″ x 4″ rectangle
  • 2 – 1 1/2″ x 3″ rectangles

manor house

Here’s a diagram for you to copy & print out if you feel it is easier to follow.

house-2

2. Make the Right Side unit of the house.  Sew the 1 – 2″ x 3″ rectangle and the two 1 1/2″ x 3″ rectangles from the house fabric to the two 1 1/2″ x 3″ rectangles from the window fabric.  Sew the two 6″ x 1 1/2 rectangles from the house fabric to the top & bottom of the window unit. Sew the  6″ x 1 1/2 rectangle from the house  trim fabric to finish the unit.

house-3

3. Make the Left Side unit of the house.  Sew the two 1 3/4″ x 4″ rectangles from the left house fabric to each side of the 2 1/2″ x 4″ rectangle from the door fabric.  Sew the 5″ x 1 1/2 rectangle from the left house fabric to the top of the door unit. Sew the 5″ x 1 1/2 rectangle from the left house trim fabric to finish the unit.

house-4

4. Sew the left & right sides of the house together.

house-5

5. Make the Roof unit. Measure 2 1/2″ from the top left and top right corners of the two 3 1/2″ x 4″ rectangles from the background fabric.  Draw a pencil line from the 2 1/2″ mark to the opposite corner. Place  one in each corner of the 3 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangle from the roof fabric.

As a side note, I think the 3 1/2″ x 4″ background rectangles could be a little smaller for less waste, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. I hate it when there isn’t enough fabric & then I need to rip & re-do!

house-6

6. Stitch along the pencil lines.  Trim away the corner leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.

house-7

7. Press the background fabric open and trim the unit to 3 1/2″ x 10 1/2″.

house-8

8. Make the Chimney unit. Sew the three 3″ x 2″ rectangles from the background fabric to the two 1 3/4″ x 2″ rectangles from the chimney fabric.

house-9

9. Sew the house unit, roof unit and chimney unit together to complete the block.

I don’t have a photo of the house block with all the rest of the blocks in the sample. Sorry!  My sewing room is a mess and my low volume quilt parts are hanging on the design wall.  I think my sewing room is starting to take on the atmosphere of our kitchen remodel. It’s coming along, but boy is it messy!

Happy early weekend to you all!

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