Quilt Block: Rock The House With This DIY

Quilt Block: Rock The House With This DIY

Hello! Jessee here, from an Art School Dropout’s life, with an easy tutorial showcasing one of Sizzix's newest quilting dies. I will be showing you how to make the 8" block that I used for this trivet and potholder combo using the Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Rocking the House die. I'm only showing the block because I feel like it would be perfect for a pillow, table runner or quilt top too.

Supplies Needed for One 8" Block:

  • a 5"x13" piece of fabric for the center and four triangles - OR - three pieces cut at 4.5"x5"
  • a 4"x21" piece of fabric for the other pieces - OR - four pieces cut at 4"x5.5"
  • Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Rocking the House die
  • coordinating thread
  • an iron
  • optional: a 1/4" piecing foot on your machine

Quilt Block: Rock The House With This DIY

I am seriously in love with these new all in one quilting blocks! You can use a smaller machine, like the Fabi, and still have the ability to cut out multiple shapes per die. Plus all of the pieces are all prepped and ready so there no trimming involved, which means these blocks goes together very quickly!

Quilt Block: Rock The House With This DIY

To get the most out of my fabric, I folded the 5"x13" piece where one side was folded over 4.25" to give me double thickness over the triangle pieces and single over the block. This will give me the exact amount of pieces I need.

Quilt Block: Rock The House With This DIY

I then folded the 4"x21" piece in half and then half again, which will get me four of the pointed pieces which is exactly the amount I need.

Quilt Block: Rock The House With This DIY

By folding and placing my fabrics this way, I only need to crank the die through once for one block, and if I stack another set on top I could cut two blocks worth at a time.

Quilt Block: Rock The House With This DIY

As you can see above, I have everything I need to get started on my block now.

From here on out I will be calling the blue pieces Pointy Pieces, the square will be the Center Square and the Triangles are just Triangles.

Quilt Block: Rock The House With This DIY

I like to sew as much as I can each time I sit at my machine, so for my first time sitting down I pieced together two sets of pointy pieces and triangle as shown above. They are cut to nest perfectly with each other which makes this block super easy to assemble.

I also pieced the center square with the bottom of a pointy piece.

Quilt Block: Rock The House With This DIYI highly recommend using a 1/4" piecing foot when sewing Sizzix dies like this one. They are designed for a perfect 1/4" seam and the piecing foot will keep everything in place because it has a metal guide on the right that wont allow fabric to go past. These feet cost anywhere from $5 to $25 depending on your machine, and are 100% worth the investment.

Quilt Block: Rock The House With This DIYFor my second time sitting at the machine, I added a triangle to the other side of each blue pointy piece and then attached the bottom of the last blue pointy piece to the center square. The photo above explains it a bit better.

Make sure to press your seams in whatever manner you prefer between each line of stitches. Otherwise things may not match up.

Quilt Block: Rock The House With This DIYFor the last step I attached both pieced trip, making sure to match up any seams in the middle there.

I then pressed the seams, and Ta Da I have a perfect 8.5" unfinished block all ready for whatever comes next.

Quilt Block: Rock The House With This DIY

I chose to make a trivet/potholder combo, but I keep thinking this color combo would make a gorgeous quilt too! So don't be surprised if you see one of those pop up at some point.

Thank you for stopping by today to read my quick and easy tutorial, and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to leave a comment or contact us!

~ Jessee M

 

 

 

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  • A 5"x13" piece of fabric for the center and four triangles - OR - three pieces cut at 4.5"x5"
  • A 4"x21" piece of fabric for the other pieces - OR - four pieces cut at 4"x5.5"
  • Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Rocking the House die
  • Coordinating thread
  • An iron
  • Optional: a 1/4" piecing foot on your machine

 

 

 

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