You will need 4 fabrics of the same color family and a light or muslin fabric. Colors should work well together and provide a definite contrast. There are two options:
Option #1 (Traditional): Light, medium and dark traditional fabrics such as homespun, plaid, stripe, geometric and/or floral.
Option #2 (Contemporary): Light, medium and dark fabrics such as modern hand-dyed and batik-type.
Machine or Hand Pieced Block
Fabric “A” – outer triangles. Cut two (2) 4 inch squares then cut each square diagonally (total of 4 triangles).
Fabric “B” – inner triangle, contrasts with Fabric “A”. B1 – Cut two (2) 2 7/8” squares. B2 – Cut two (2) 2 5/8” squares
Fabric “C” – inner triangle, can be 1 color or 2 colors. C1 – One color – cut one 2 7/8” square C2, C3 – Two fabric colors – cut two (2) 2 7/8” squares
Fabric “D” – muslin, you can sign or embellish any way you desire. Cut one rectangle 4 ¾ inches by 2 5/8 inches.
B to D: Place a B2 square on Fabric D rectangle and sew in a diagonal across the corner. Cut excess, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Repeat on the other side. Press to darker fabric. Square to 4.75 X 2 5/8 inches (Diagram 1).
B to C: (One color option). With right sides together match pieces B1 and C. Use a pencil to draw a line corner to corner on the lighter of the two fabrics. Stitch a scant 1/4 inch away on either side of the drawn line. After both sides are stitched, cut along your pencil line. Open the squares and carefully press towards the darker fabric. Trim off the dog ears. This gives you two of piece B/C combination. Press seam to the darker fabric, and square to 2 5/8 inch (Diagram 2).
B to C: (Two color). With right sides together match pieces B1 and C2 and B1 and C3. With a pencil, draw a line corner to corner on the lighter of the two fabrics. Stitch a scant 1/4 inch away on either side of the drawn line. After both sides are stitched, cut along your pencil line. Open the squares and carefully press seam towards the darker fabric. Trim off the dog ears. Then square up to 2 5/8 inch (Diagram 2). **You will have two extra squares of B1/C2 and B1/C3 which you can save and use on another future Friendship block. Sew the B/C combination together. Press (Diagram 3).
Sew the D/B combination to the B/C. Press. (Diagram 4)
Sew the A pieces along the sides of the B pieces (Diagram 5)
Press and square the block to 6.5 inches. To sign, press a bit of freezer paper to the back of the D piece to stabilize for writing.
Foundation Pieced Block
Please check the size of the block before beginning. Sides should measure 6 inches. It is suggested that you draw the 1/4 inch seam allowance around the block. Use a much shorter stitch length when stitching.
Your first piece should be a ‘C’; your second piece will be the other ‘C’, followed by the ‘D’. Next attach the ‘B’ pieces and then the ‘A’ pieces. Trim to the seam allowance, but leave the paper on the block. Sign the block.
House Name Badge
Name badge block may be made in several different sizes. Templates are provided for 3 inch, 4 inch and 5 inch.
To make a traditional colored block, follow these directions for fabric suggestions:
You can make your house badge as fun and creative as you’d like!
Please add your name in the J block in large letters, using waterproof black ink or embroidery. We want to be able to see and read your name!
Add WATERFORD GUILTERS GUILD under your name in J block.
Attach pin to back of badge or long ribbon at sides to wear around your neck.
Foundation (Paper) Piecing for 3” block
The block has been divided into 3 sections:
Section 1 is the base of the house and the section for
Section 2 is the roof of the house and some of the sky
Section 3 is the sky and the chimneys
Coloring of the traditional block is as follows:
- Section 1 – #2, 6, 8 are muslin/white
#1, 3, 4, 5, 7 are red
- Section 2 – #2a is red
#1a is blue
#3a, 4a are muslin/white
- Section 3 – #1b, 4b, 5b are muslin/white
#2b, 3b are red
- Note that each section has a ¼ inch border all around
- Place piece #1 face up over the area of the block marked #1 on the non-marked side of the block. Place piece #2 face down over piece #1. Hold fabric in place, turn it over so marked area is facing upward. Stitch on the line between #1 and #2. Press open.
- Continue adding pieces in numerical order until section is completed, pressing after each item is attached.
- When sections 1 and 2 are completed, sew sections together. When section 3 is completed, sew it to section 2.
- Press seams between sections open. Gently remove paper, to ensure seams do not reopen.
- Press block and trim as needed to obtain block size of 3 ½ inches square.
- Write your name in section 1, #8.
- Layer, quilt and bind your block. Embellish as desired.
- Feel free to adjust your color choices as desired.
- Make sure that all pieces are cut larger than the marked section to ensure good coverage of each section.
- Reduce stitch length when sewing to make the paper removal easier.