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Monday, March 28, 2011

Schoolhouses 101

Today we are going to start our own little red and white quilt blocks. If you are lucky enough to see the show in New York, show us pictures. If you are like me and want to go but are stuck in the wrong state, make your own red and white quilt.
So here we go... Warning, I'm not a professional, so make a test block first.
These are the few blocks I finished up this weekend. Notice anything wrong, neither didn't I till I looked at this pic.
I have an upside-down door and windows. Don't do this yourselves! I've already made the mistake, so hopefully you all are in the clear. Keeping my fingers crossed!
1. Chimney
from your background, cut 2 Q's 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 O 2 1/2 x 4
house color 2 P's 2 1/2 x 2 1/4
2. Roof (this is were it gets tricky. The original pattern had templates, so I modified them so we can all use our rulers on the 45 degree and get almost the same results, hopefully)
from the background cut 1 square at 3 1/2. Now cut it at a diagonal for piece D
also cut a 1 1/4 strip for B, this can be trim later, I cut mine at about 6 inches and sewed it done before trimming.
from the house fabric, cut another square at 4 1/2 x 4 1/2, then diagonally again for C.
cut a strip of house fabric at 3 1/4, cut the end at a 45 degree and then measure and make 6 1/2 and cut at a 45 again. both sides should measure 6 1/2. Hope that makes some sense
3. Windows
background, N 1 1/4 x 6 1/4
windows, J 2 @ 1 3/4 x 3 3/4
house, K 2 @ 1 1/2 x 3 3/4
house, I 1 3/4 x 3 3/4
house, L 1 3/4 x 6 1/4
house, M 1 1/2 x 6 1/4
4. Door
background, H 1 /14 x 6 3/4
door, E 2 x 5 1/2
house, G 1 3/4 x 5 1/2
house, F 2 @ 2 1/4 x 5 1/2
Next join the window unit to the door unit.
Then take all the units and join them.
Good luck and let me know if I missed anything or if you just need help.

Take care, Brandie


Sandie ~call me crazy said...

I love your school houses Brandie! I just adore red & white together and wish I lived closer to NY too. I know I'll kick myself for not sewing along with you, but I have a jillion things in the works right now. I'll be following along though~ have fun!

Anonymous said...

Brandie, check this one out. I like the reverse r/w.

Linda said...

They're gorgeous! You so are a professional! I can't believe how many you made already!!