Block Fourteen by Cassie Madge
I wanted to design a block which honoured my dream home. My home city, Adelaide, has several beautiful older sections where these graceful 2 story town-houses line the streets and I’ve always wanted to live in one. The shape and colours of the block were inspired by the house fabric I used – inspiration can be found everywhere when you are designing.
As you can see in my block – I really love fussy cutting and using directional prints. If you want similar effects, pay attention to the orientation of your prints when cutting to ensure they all go in the same direction. Choose your prints carefully to further enhance the house effect eg – the horizontal stripes of grass and the vertical stripes of the roof fabric.
Fabric and cutting guide
 2” x 9 ½” rectangle from foreground fabric (fabric one) – Cassandra used a green/grey swirl print
 1” x 5 ½” rectangles from background fabric (fabric two) – Cassandra used an aqua solid
 1” x 9 ½” rectangle from background fabric (fabric two)
 2 ¾” x 3 ½” rectangles from background fabric (fabric two)
 2 ¾” x 8 ¾” rectangle from roof fabric (fabric three) – Cassandra used a grey on black print
For each house [4 in total]:
 1” x 5 ½” rectangles of house front fabric (fabric four) – Cassandra used four various prints
 1” x 1 ½” rectangle of house front fabric (fabric four)
 1 ½” x 2” rectangle of house front fabric (fabric four)
 1 ½” x 2 ½” rectangle of door fabric (fabric five) – Cassandra used a light solid
 1 ½” square of window fabric (fabric five) – Cassandra used a light solid
Cut all fabrics as per the cutting guide. When using directional prints (eg, stripes) refer to diagram 1 for the how the houses are assembled to ensure you keep your prints organised.
Following the house diagram 1, assemble all four house fronts as follows:
1. Sew the door (fabric five), above door (fabric four), window and above window (fabric four) pieces together.
2. Attach the two sides (fabric four), left and right. Press all seams towards the house fabric.
Arrange your four houses in a row, as you find pleasing.
1. Sew the four of them together, using your ¼” seam, pressing seams open. Each house should measure 2” wide once sewn together.
2. Attach the  1” x 5 ½” rectangles from background fabric (fabric two) to each end of the house blocks.
Stitch the  2” x 9 ½” rectangle from foreground fabric (fabric one) across the bottom of your house/background piece. Press seam towards the foreground.
1. Print the house roof foundation piecing diagram, setting your printer at “no scaling” or 100%. Make sure that the finished measurement of this section is 9 ½” across to confirm.
2. Use  2 ¾” x 3 ½” rectangles from background fabric (fabric two) and  2 ¾” x 8 ¾” rectangle from roof fabric (fabric three) to create the roof panel. You will need to offset the background rectangles, lining them up along the 3 ½” side against the top of the roofline and allowing them to overhang the bottom. This compensates for the angle and will ensure full coverage of the 2 and 3 sections once sewn together.
Trim the roof paper piece section down and attach it to the house pieced section, aligning the ends of the roof with the outer edges of the houses. Press seam towards the roof.
Stitch the final  1” x 9 ½” rectangle from background fabric (fabric two) piece across the top of the roof, to finish the block. Press the seam towards this new piece.
Add embroidery or applique to decorate the block as desired. You could stitch details into the windows, door handles, applique flowers or other items to populate your houseblock.
A comprehensive tutorial on Foundation Paper Piecing can be found on my blog – Foundation Paper Piecing Tutorial
About Cassandra from Cassandra Madge – Uniquely Crafted
After crafting for almost my whole life, I discovered quilting about 5 years ago and I have been an addict ever since. I love colour, pattern, and quilting most of all. Last year I launched my longarm quilting business, Juicy Quilting, and I am having so much fun helping quilters from all over Australia finish off their beautiful creations
Connect with Cassandra
Website – www.cassandramadge.com
Facebook page – www.facebook.com/cassie.madge.1
Instagram – www.instagram.com/CassandraCrafted
My Longarm machine quilting -www.facebook.com/JuicyQuilting
General instructions to complete your Project 48 quilt blocks
- Remember to always read the block tutorial in full before starting
- Seam allowances are ¼” unless stated otherwise
- All blocks are 9” finished. If you need to square your blocks once they are completed, trim back to 9 ½” using a square ruler.
- Always press your fabrics before starting
- Press your seams to the dark side or to reduce bulk (unless otherwise noted) at each stage.