How to Draw a Liberated House
We’re making liberated houses this month for the Block Lotto. I know that even if you like the look of liberated or wonky houses, you might not be in love with the technique. An alternative is to draw your house and use the drawing as a foundation for paper piecing. Here’s how.
Sophie’s DON’T FORGETS:
- When drawing a PFP pattern, remember that ALL lines must be STRAIGHT and that all lines must begin and end with a “T-intersection” with a previously drawn line.
- Remember that a paper piecing template looks like the MIRROR IMAGE of the finished block. If, for example, you draw a house with a door on the left and window on the right, your house block will have a door on the right and a window on the left.
Begin with a sheet of paper (or other foundation material) that is at least 1/2 inch larger than the finished size of the block you want to make.
- Draw a square that represents the FINISHED size of your block–for the September Block Lotto, that would be an 8 inch square. Remember when you are making the block, you will add 1/4 inch on each side of this square for the seam allowance, making a 8 1/2 ” square.
- Draw the horizontal-ish line that will represent the top of the main body of the house and the bottom edge of the triangle which forms the roof.
- On the bottom half of your drawing, add two vertical-ish lines that will define the left and right sides of your house.
- Draw a line between the two lines in step three which will define the top edge of your door and window.
- On one side of your house, create the door by drawing two lines that begin at the line in Step 4 and end at the bottom of the square.
- On the other side of your house, create a window by drawing two more lines that begin at the line in Step 4 and end at the bottom of the square. Then add the horizontal line between them to define the bottom of your window.
- Define the roof by drawing two, intersecting slanted lines.
- Now, number your template with the paper piecing order:
1 – window
2 – space beneath window
3 – house section beside window
4 – house section on the other side of window
5 – door
6 – house section beside door
7 – house section above door and window
8 – sky on one side of house
9 – sky on the other side of house
10 – roof
11 – sky on the side of roof which does NOT extend to the top of block (MISNUMBERED as 12 in the drawing below)
12 – sky on the other side (MISNUMBERED 11 in the drawing below).
Remember that the block you piece will actually EXTEND beyond the square 1/4 inch for the seam allowance. I usually cut out the paper pattern adding the 1/4 inch on each side of the square to make sure I DON’T FORGET.