|Mini Quilt, pattern Little Houses by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.|
This year we are using fabric from our stash, including scraps to make Bee blocks and though specific fabric can't be requested we are giving each other an inspiration image and guidance on colour choice.
Last year I came up with a block and posted instructions on how to make it. This year I'm going a bit more informal and letting you guys use your imaginations to make House blocks using any technique you like. They can be wonky or straight up and down, pieced, paper pieced or appliqued. The only requirement is to have fun!
Please use warm, bright and happy colours and the background can be green for the grass, light blue or cream or low volume fabrics for the sky. Just before Christmas I took part in a Quilt-A-Long for the Night Sky pattern by Camille Roskelly and saw this beautiful version @ Quilt Jane's blog. This is the happy feel I'm going for with this project, similar to my little houses quilt above.
One technique you might like to try is some sketch stitch applique.
I learned this technique from Rachel @ Stitched in Color when taking her Penny Sampler course and much admired the blocks made by those doing the Hello Moon and Hello Sun Quilt-A-Long with April Mae designs. You can use it on applique or as a way to add some dimensionality to your House blocks by creating a 3D roof or embellishment such as a cloud.
First take some scrap fabric or calico(muslin) and place your fabric right sides together. Mark the shape on the back of the scrap fabric, a triangle for a roof or a curvy shape for a cloud.
Sew along your shape outline
Snip the scrap fabric taking care not to cut through the main fabric and make an opening wide enough to turn right side out.
Snip the corners and around the curves taking care not to cut your stitching and turn right side out. I like to poke the corners our with a crochet hook or a knitting needle. Take care not to use anything too sharp or you'll poke a hole in your piece. I've done that!
You can sketch stitch with different colour threads; here are some black & white versions. The black is the most dramatic and gives a lovely contrast effect.
If your background fabric shows through like in the orange heart you can cut away the back fabric behind the heart carefully 1/8 to 1/4" inside the sketch stitching and it won't show though your finished block.
This is a fun technique and it can add a lovely cartoony effect to your blocks that is really cute or use it as a way to make the block elements stand out from the background!
I look forward to seeing your blocks on our Flickr group Modern Irish Bee and on Instagram #modernquiltersireland #modernirishquilters.
Hope you have fun with these blocks and this technique!
Thanks in advance!