Row Quilt 2009

Here's row THREE!

These house blocks and tree blocks finish as twelve inches, 12½ before you sew them together, of course. Again, if you don't like these houses and trees, you're free to substitute any other block you choose... I'll even give you some on-the-web options below!

  • For a 36 inch wide quilt, you'll need to make 3 blocks.
  • If you're making a 60 inch wide quilt, you'll need 5 blocks.
  • If you're making a 72 inch wide quilt, you'll need 6 blocks
That top row of houses is colored a little wild, for me ... so mine will be more like the one above, in browns and greens. But what if you don't like either my traditional looking little cabin in the woods style row, OR the bright scrappy version above?

Check out these websites!

Go look at the birdhouses from Marcia Hohn's Quilter's Cache. Her instructions make a paper pieced 12 inch block, print the templates right from your computer. If I were making a 36 inch wide quilt, I'd make two blocks, space them with a 4 inch strip, and put a 4 inch strip on either side. (4 + 12 + 4 + 12 + 4 = 36)

I've also gotten permission to link to this great house tutorial by a blogging friend of mine, Tonya Ricucci. She makes free pieced wonky houses, and was even featured in this month's Quiltmaker magazine! If you don't like templates, this is definitely the way to go. In fact, instead of making all my trees identical, I might make some wonky trees, Tonya style, to put between my cabins. :)

So please, feel free to mix and match houses, trees, birdhouses, or cabins to make your row for this month. You can make one house, tucked into a forest of trees, two houses between the trees, or a row of nothing but wild wonky houses... or however you want to arrange them!

If you're going to make one or more traditional houses, here we go!

Warning, these traditional houses will NOT look like houses if you make a row of them and connect them with no sashing or trees between ... they'll look like attached zero lot line condos. ;D

Here's the basic house layout. Look at the top strip in background fabric, and the bottom strip, in green. Cut both of these long rectangles at 2½ x 12½ .

Part of what makes the house look 3D is the shading. I will use a darker color on the right side of the house and roof, and a lighter color on the left side and roof.

Are you comfy yet making half square triangles? If not, look at the half square triangle swap instructions in the block of the month archives, that's the exact same size you need for this block.

You'll need 3 half square triangle sets for each roof, a background/medium roof color, a background/dark roof color, and a medium/dark roof color, just like in the picture above.

Make your hsts starting with 4 inch blocks, then trim to square.

Cut your plain dark roof square also square.

Next, look at the row right under the roof, you'll need two long rectangular strips, one using a dark color, and one a medium color. Cut them 6½ x 1½ and sew them together.

Here's something else to think about before you cut the window pieces ... those squares for the windows would look really cute if you wanted to fussy cut some little faces or animals looking out.

You might think the windows and doors section looks complicated, but when I drew the block in EQ, I was careful to only use three units. Look in the chart below for the pieces to cut.

Go ahead and cut your chimney rectangles now too. They're the size of piece A.

Now for the strip with the chimney.

Cut an 8½ x 2½ rectangle for the left of the chimney, and a smaller 3½ x 2½ rectangle for the right side of your chimney. Sew them together.

You should now have a chimney strip, a roof strip, an under roof strip, and the windows and doors strip. You also have a background strip for the top, and the green (or pavement or dirt or flowerbed) strip for the bottom. Sew it all together!

Ready to make some trees?

You need two different sizes of foliage rectangle, and some background triangles to go beside it, one cut top to bottom, the other bottom to top.

Plus a trunk and some background to go either side of your trunk.

Take a tree rectangle you cut, and flip it over to the wrong side. Measure and put a dot at the top middle, right where the ink pen is pointing.

Now cut from the bottom corner to the top center, very much like we did for the baskets in row two. Do the same for the other side.

Repeat for all of your tree rectangles.

Those background long triangle pieces to go on either side of your tree are intentionally a bit too big. I'd rather trim a little here than be too skimpy on the size. And just like the baskets, they need to be cut right and left handed.

Here's the large tree with triangles ready to sew. Match the triangle at the top of your tree, and let the excess hang off the bottom as you sew. Then when you trim the sewn block (below) you can cut those triangle bits off.

Just make sure you have ¼ inch at the top of the tree, for seam allowance, when you trim.

The large tree should be trimmed to 8 inches high and 9½ inches wide.

The smaller tree should be trimmed to 8½ high and 4½ wide.

Sew your trunk between the background fabric rectangles, then sew your trunk strips on.

Now you need to sew your trees together and your houses between your trees.

What will YOUR row look like?

Here's mine, without the grass strip sewn on:

I'd decided to add an applique tree in there instead of making my tree blocks all the same. If anyone's interested, I can put pictures of how I did that on the bulletin board. ;)

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