Are you ready for block #2?! Time for another free house quilt block! PLEASE NOTE- I realize that there is A LOT OF INFORMATION IN THIS POST! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THROUGH IT ALL- Answers to most of your questions will be found in this post. Thanks!!

The second block for the I Love Home Free Block of the Month was sent out a short time ago. If you are signed up, please check your email for your pattern. (Please note- sometimes it can several hours for the email to reach your inbox. If you don’t have it yet, please be patient and check back a little later.)

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OK- time for the fun!

The second block features a different little house. I made 2 versions of this. First, the machine appliqued version using our fabric kit:

And here is my embroidered version:

Don’t forget that last week we talked about making a “wonky house” center for your block, so you could do that too!

For this block, you will making that “checkered” border around the center square. Now, you could just cut up all of those little squares individually and then sew them all together, but I think it’s easier and faster to sew strips together, and then cut them apart (that is the method which you will be instructed to do in the pattern.)

Here is a tip- as you cut units along your pieced strip, they may start to get a little “wonky”- in other words, not “square” or at a perfect 90 degree angle. So, after you cut a few units, be sure you “square” up your strip, lining up the seam with the line on your cutting mat. Then, cut off a little bit of the end to even it up. Now you can continue cutting your units. Do this frequently so that your units are nice and straight.

We LOVE seeing your blocks! Our Sew Quilty Friends Facebook group has been super active this year- I think we’ve got at least 100 different block photos there (and counting!!!) Stop by one or two of the places below and see the incredible blocks everyone has been making!

~~Sew Quilty Friends Facebook Group– Our Facebook group has been around for about a year now, and it is a ton of fun! It’s also a great place to ask questions about the BOM, or any quilt related questions. Join here and post your photos.

~~My Facebook Page– post your photos to my Facebook page. You can use hashtag #ILoveHomeQuilt and mention me @JacquelynneJostSteves

~~Instagram– post your photos to Instagram and tag #ILoveHomeQuilt and mention me @JacquelynneSteves

~~Pinterest– you can pin your photos to our group Pinterest board. Please email me comments@JacquelynneSteves.com for an invitation to pin to the board.

***Even if you don’t choose to post your photos, please visit the sites above to see everyone’s work! It’s really a lot of fun!

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And now…. the really FUN part… the prizes!!!

This month’s prize is a fat quarter bundle of Sarah J. Maxwell’s newest fabric line, “A Shout, A Whisper, A Text”! The colors in this are really pretty! The retail value of this bundle is $50… read below to find out how to enter…

Please visit the featured bloggers to enter the giveaway over on their blogs- that’s 8 chances to win! (There is no giveaway here on my blog, you must visit the blogs below to enter).

You will love visiting the bloggers above- not just to enter the giveaway, but also to see their fabric choices and see which techniques they’ve used. We have examples of piecing only, applique, and embroidery. “Sew” much inspiration!

We will be having FABULOUS giveaways this year! I am really excited about the prizes we are offering, you are going to LOVE them! Here are our sponsors- please visit their websites and see all the quilt-y and sewing goodness that they have to offer!

 

 

This month’s Sponsor! Designs by Sarah J. offers original fabric, patterns, kits and more! Sarah is also one of our talented bloggers for this BOM! Visit her blog here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OK everyone- start those sewing machines!!

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