Monday, April 5, 2010

My Neighborhood is on its way to NY

A while ago I saw this post on Bumble Beans asking for help. All you have to do is make a house block or two, no problem.

Well let me tell you, I had problems. I am a relatively new quilter. And I have a somewhat casual relationship with my 1/4" seam. Usually that is fine. I can get by, make it work, compensate, etc. But I had not worked with triangles. I don't think I like triangles. And they most definitely are not appreciative of my not-always-exactly-spot-on 1/4" seams.

After the first evening of puzzling through this I realized I had the wrong measurements. Duh. My next available evening I spent trying to salvage what I had already cut and started strip piecing. (I like to assembly-line anything I can. That's the lazy in me; or shall I say efficient.) But after great frustration I realized that was not going to happen. This block was kicking my butt. And that is not a good feeling.

So I pondered for a few days, looked at some other options, made more calculations and acknowledged that I don't like triangles. And found another way to get basically the same look. I got to it again and this time I cut all my peices too large so I had some wiggle room. And then I made one block. And it worked. So I made another block, and that one worked as well. So now I had to prove that I had mastered this house block thing so I made a neighborhood of houses. They are now on their way to NY to join the other houses. These are going to be some beautiful 'painted lady' quilts!


  1. They are fantastic thank you so much!!!

  2. I love your blocks. I, too have trouble with 1/4 inch seams and triangles! I made one "regular" house and three free-pieced ones (they look like the houses I drew as a little girl! Now I am trying to make Unruly cats to send to Tonya (Lazy Gal). You have a great blog. Take care.
    Mary C.


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