Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Houses Built from My Scraps

Have you seen all of the little 3 inch house blocks that are showing up on blogs everywhere?  This project is called  Building Houses from Scraps and you can follow the link to read about it and to download your own free pattern for this little house block.  This was all started by Jeanneke, and you can check out her blog at the link. 

The plan for this project is to make one of these houses every day this year, and you will have enough to make a quilt by the end of the year.

Here is my first house.   This really is a great way to use up your scraps.


I had a lot of fun looking through my scraps to find something to put in the windows of the houses.


I made one in all red fabrics. 


Or you could just sew one house a week and make a wall hanging. 



I drew the pattern in Electric Quilt and paper pieced these first houses. 

Whenever you print the pattern from the Building Houses From Scraps blog,
if your printout is like mine, it will measure just short of 3 inches.  There is a setting in EQ where you can change the setting from inches to centimeters.  Then you can draw the house, change back to inches, and then print it out.


By paper piecing you end up with a couple of extra seams on the background.  I plan to try hand piecing the next few houses.

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I hope you are all finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for visiting! 

33 comments:

Ann-Mari said...

Some really great houses you have made.

susis quilts said...

oh,your houses are beautiful,have a nice day,susi

Kathie said...

love the houses, oh and the snowman looking OUT the window is just fun!
I would prefer to paper piece them and your right my computer didn't print it out to 3" either.
Kathie

Fiesta said...

They look so cute. Maybe I should get on the bandwagon and make some

Frances Leate said...

Great little houses and I love what you have put in your windows. I will have to dig deeper into my scrap bins for some little novelties. Take care.

Aunt 'Reen said...

Those tiny little houses are just darling! I love the little window scenes - very clever & adorable!
Happy New Year!

sunny said...

Your little houses are adorable! I have been seeing them around blogland, but I don't think I'm up to making them myself. I'll just enjoy watching everyone elses!

Maria said...

Your wee houses are so cute. I am affraid 3" were just too small for me so have done them 6".

Janet O. said...

Very cute little houses! What a fun idea to fussy cut the window. Love the snowman--wonder how he slipped inside?

Cattinka said...

Hi LuAnn,
I like the first houses you made, each one is very pretty.
By the way I finished my "Granny Gone Wild" project and put in on flickr.
KATRIN W.

Raewyn said...

Happy New Year Lu Ann. I like your little houses - the fussy cat windows are neat. I am joining in with this too but haven't done any yet - am thinking of foundation piecing but making them larger - and maybe 2 a week.

Raewyn said...

oops I mean fussy CUT not CAT!!!

Carissa said...

Love your houses :) I'm just starting mine .. first I used the pdf paper template that was on the blog and yup, my house ended up too small. So I recreated it in EQ7 and am off to the races today.

One thing I find, when paper piecing, to keep the seams less bulky ... keep the paper on when you piece the sections together and press the seams open. The little house sits nicely then :-) I was going to try the hand piecing .. but I just know that I would probably make 12 houses and give up .. if even that many *lol*

Looking forward to seeing more houses :)

Vivian said...

Just love your houses. Charming little blocks like these are such a FUN way to use scraps, and you have a fantastic start. Are you planning to have something fussy cut for each window?
I decided against making 3" blocks, but I've jumped into the housing boom with some larger houses. Fun, fun, fun, and no hammers, nails, or splinters involved.

Barb said...

Cute houses.

Cyn ;-) said...

Your little houses are darling! I like seeing a surpris in the windows - cute!
Thanks for the tip about EQ and printing the pattern.
My blue/white/yellow afghan from your CAL is complete and on my DD's bed. I will grab a pic soon and put it on the Fliker site.
Happy New Year!
Hugs,
/;-)

Jeanne said...

Don't tempt me! LOL I've resisted so far, but they sure are cute. Have fun building your houses.

Dawn said...

Sweet houses!
Isn't it fun finding uses for all the little bits. I have two done and a few more cut...
Thank you for sharing!

Teresa said...

I love your houses...they are so sweet. I just love little blocks, and I really love the idea of using scraps to make them...over time. Thanks for the tip about fixing up the pattern!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

taylorsoutback said...

While visiting another blog, I spotted your little houses - love your colors...I have also started paper piecing these and need to liven things up - so many of my scraps are "muddy" or reproduction.
I like how you are varying the "sky" colors too.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Great houses LuAnn

Ellen said...

I love the little houses. I haven't started mine yet - I am torn between hand-piecing and paper-piecing!!

scraphappy said...

Adorable little houses, hope you have an entire neighborhood by the end of the year.

Sherry said...

Your houses are so cute. . . especially the snowman! I'm hoping to get going on some of my houses by the weekend -- it just depends on what life decides to throw my way.

Happy New Year!

Linda said...

LOVE your scrappy houses!!

Linda said...

Oh, your houses are so cute. I'm going to be doing a few of these too. I'm not sure how big I want my quilt to be but I think this is a cute idea to use up some scraps. I like what you've done with the windows!

Donna said...

Your houses are sooo cute! I have seen these on other blogs too. I may have to make some myself!
Hugs,
Donna

petra said...

Hello Luann,

Thank you for visiting my blog.
I love your houses.
Your Windows are lovely with those little pictures in it.
À lot of people use this scraps with these little pictures.
I'm looking around in Holland where I can buy those scraps.

Greetings Petra

Pokey said...

Good for you, LuAnn! I've only talked about these sweet houses, but I haven't tried one yet. I really like your little window views, how very creative!
:-}pokey

Miss 376 said...

Love the little windows on these houses, makes you wonder what will be coming next

Raewyn said...

Your houses are very cute. Did you prefer the hand piecing to the foundation? I'm doing mine slightly larger, and by paper-foundation piecing. Enjoying them also :-)

Cardygirl said...

Love these little houses!

Heather said...

Your little houses are very cute LuAnn, fabulous way to use up scraps. I really should get motivated and make some too as I really enjoy foundation piecing.

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