|Block 40 - Saltbox House|
This block comes with a layout sequence detailed in the pattern and shown in diagram format on the applique
page. But I thought it would be fun to
show you photographs of the sequence.
First you need a 6½” background square and follow steps 1 and 2 of the pattern to create your applique fabric shapes.
|A 'Gooseberry' background (by Lella Boutque)|
To place the Saltbox House you need to start with the pitched roof section and position it 1” in from the right-hand edge and ½” up from the bottom edge of the background square.
|Positioning is easy by lining up a ruler with the block edge|
Next add your window wall section so that it overlaps the pitched wall everso slightly.
|Do not fuse the pieces until the roof has been added|
Then add the roof so that it overlaps both the pitched and the window walls as shown.
|Adjust the pieces if necessary before fusing and stitching.|
Tip: If hand-stitching you could fuse and stitch the windows onto the window wall and the door and star onto the pitched wall before stitching them to the background square - just make sure to leave the paper on the back of the wall pieces until you have fused the smaller pieces in place.
|Using dark thread to add a rustic touch|
Then it is just a case of stitching the pieces in place. Use any stitch you like and embrace the odd wonky stitch or uneven shape - it all adds to the appeal. To add a rustic appeal to a machine-stitched house use dark thread otherwise, keep your house neat and tidy with co-ordinating thread.
|Coordinating thread will keep your house neat and tidy|
This week’s block goes very well with next week’s sliced patchwork block - the Checkerboard.
|Block 41 - Checkerboard|
In the meantime I look forward to seeing your blocks – just tag #block40saltboxhouse or #thepatchsmith on Instagram. Alternatively post a photo to the Flickr group.
Until next week .....