Hello Everyone! Welcome to the first month of Jacquelynne Steves’ “I Love Home” Free BOM. I was very honored that Jacquelynne asked me to participate again this year. I have made several of Jacquelynne’s designs and love her whimsical style. You can read more from Jacquelynne about the BOM and still sign up here if you haven’t already. Each month there will be some awesome giveaways with eight chances to win, too. Just visit the list of bloggers at the end of this post and follow their directions on how you can win. This month our sponsor is Aurifil Thread and they are offering one of these…
a box of Aurifil thread. Read to the end of this post to find out how you can win a box from me. I love the strength and durablity of Aurfil threads and use it for piecing , quilting and embroidery. And it comes in so many colors!
Now for my block…
I haven’t done many house blocks during all my many years of quilting, but I love these houses by Jacquelynne. These are large 18″ blocks and the piecing instructions are easy to follow. Each block will have a center house design that you can applique or embroider, or if that’s not your thing and you have a special piece of fabric, use that for your center. For the applique in my blocks, I’m using a fusible applique method with a hand buttonhole stitch to applique the pieces down. Instead of just using the applique pieces, I’m also including design elements from the embroidery pattern that Jacquelynne includes with the instructions.
You can see the pattern under the block. I use a light box to help place the applique pieces, then mark the embroidery designs I want to include.
The fabrics I’ve chosen for this project are Coney Island, Chestnut Street, and some Strawberry Fields Revisited by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree and Co. and Sundrops and a little Lulu Lane by Corey Yoder of Corianderquilts. As I got started with the first block, I realized I needed some solids. Instead of trying to find the coordinating fabrics myself, I ordered this half yard bundle of Bella Solids from Fig Tree that was already done for me.
I also wanted to use Aurifloss thread by Aurifil for my handwork and I only have a little bit, so I also ordered this coordinating box of floss…
These colors are perfect. It’s nice that Aurifil is curating threads for different lines of fabric, it makes our task easier!
If I don’t have the right color, I’m filling in with my extensive collection of DMC floss from many years of x-stitching.
I used the buttonhole, satin and stem stitch in this block. For the houses and larger pieces, I used two strands of thread. For the flowers, I only used one. I don’t anticipate that this quilt will be used, it will be displayed. Jacquelynne has some tutorials here if you need some help getting started with your hand embroidery.
Now for my methods!
For the applique, Jacquelynne has already reversed the pattern for you. I’m using Thermoweb’s Heat and Bond Lite for the fusible web. For the larger pieces, cut out the centers to help keep the piece soft. (These pieces are from block 2, forgot to take a picture with block one). Apply the pieces and fuse them to the background according to the manufacture’s directions. At this point, you can hand or machine applique. To see a brief tutorial on the buttonhole stitch, go here.
For a lot of my projects, I like what I call a controlled scrappy look. That means using different fabrics in the same color. Fortunately today, with pre-cuts, this makes choosing fabrics easy. I like to use layer cakes because you get all the prints in a line and it’s big enough to make several blocks out of it. For the “I Love Home” quilt, I’m using three layer cakes and a fat eighth bundle of Coney Island plus the Bella Solids.
For each block, I will preview the fabrics until I like the combination. Most of my blocks will contain different fabrics, but I’ve chosen a few that will be in all the blocks. The yellow Lulu Lane fabric and the Strawberry Revisited cream will border each house block. The half square triangles in each corner of the block will be the same green and cream.
Now for the giveaway. For your chance to win a box of Aurifil Thread, leave me a message by the end of day on Monday August 14 and tell me how you would complete the house center; hand applique, machine applique, embroidery, a focus fabric, etc. The contest is open to everyone including international readers. Make sure I can contact you via email. Visit the other bloggers for even more chances to win and see their interpretation of Jacquelynne’s BOM.
- The Crafty Quilter
- The Inbox Jaunt
- Designs by Sarah J
- Farmhouse Quilts
- Penguin and Fish
- Podunk Pretties
- The Quilting Nook (Me)
- The Sewing Loft
You can also follow along and post your own pictures on social media using #ILoveHomeQuilt and here on Pinterest.
Thanks for sticking with me to the end. Enjoy making your first block!