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Easy House Quilt – No Paper Piecing

Easy House Quilt Video Tutorial

I just love house quilts, but can’t stand paper piecing. Jennie Doan at Missouri Star Quilt Company has a new video for Natalie’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor house quilt. It uses two layer cakes and a charm pack. Of course, you can always cut 10″ and 5″ squares from yardage or your stash.

There is NO paper piecing. One layer cake makes the house. A half layer cake makes the roof. Another half makes the space between the house and another half makes the space between the roofs. A charm pack makes the windows and door that are Heat and Bonded on, then stitched around the edges. Do that stitching before you join the houses. The roof lines get sewn in a strip, as do the houses. Then sew them all together. Now that’s sew quickly. BOOM!

If you don’t have a 1/2 hexie ruler like Jennie does, just cut a 60 degree corner off each side of the folded 10″ block. That’s 3.5″ in from each edge. And this is where the rotating cutting mat comes in handy. I just love mine.

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Cheap Rotating Cutting Mat

Rotating Cutting Mat

I’ve been wanting one of these rotating cutting mats even since I saw Jenny Doan from the Missouri Star Quilting Company use one in her YouTube quilting tutorials. Olfa makes both a 12″ and a 17″ square one.

Olfa Rotating Cutting Mat

I saw them at Jo-Ann’s, but it was $84.99. Are you kidding me? I decided to get one a few weeks ago when they had a 40% off all rotary cutters, mats and rulers. $50.99 is a little more reasonable, but sheesh, they’re still making a gang of money. The overhead on notions is like buying diamond jewelry.

Fiskars makes some, too, in an 8″ and 14″ size, but since my other cutting mats are Olfa and I like them, I didn’t want to change brands.

They’re easy to use. When you need to rotate it, just ever so slightly lift up on a corner and turn it. I was concerned that the rotating thingy in the middle would make it bulge or wobbly, but that’s not the case because it’s recessed into the dense foam mat under the cutting surface. It’s very stable and solid.

If you don’t have a Jo-Ann’s near you or you can’t wait for their next sale or coupon, I found a cheap source on Amazon.

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