Row Houses-A Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

Free Motion Quilting, Houses, Tutorial

Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday held on Thursday…I am a little late this week…Today we are building houses…Row Houses.  

Free Motion Quilting, Houses, Tutorial

In no time at all we will have a village!

Draw three lines, one inch apart.  This is a “two-pass” pattern.  The first “pass” will be the bottom of the house, and the second “pass” will be the roof.

Starting on the bottom line, stitch The Greek Key (find that tutorial HERE)  Leave a space between each “key”.

Free Motion Quilting, Houses, Tutorial

The second “pass” begins just above the bottom rail.  Stitch next to the “key” and then angle up to the top drawn line to create the first half of the roof. Next stitch down at an angle, stopping just before the drawn line.  Stitch a few stitches to the left…

Free Motion Quilting, Houses, Tutorial

Stitch the second triangle roof…

Free Motion Quilting, Houses, Tutorial

Next, stitch toward the center and create the third triangle.

Now you have finished the roof lines.  From here stitch out from the triangle and then down next to your first house into the space between the houses.

Free Motion Quilting, Houses, Tutorial

You are now ready to start the second roof line.

You might try a little variation:

Free Motion Quilting, Houses, Tutorial

Try adding a chimney…

Free Motion Quilting, Houses, Tutorial

…and some smoke and perhaps a set of stairs…

Free Motion Quilting, Houses, Tutorial

In an upcoming tutorial we will move into a Mansion with doors, windows, shutters, gardens…

I just LOVE Housework, don’t you?

Win! Giveaway Announced–Tuesday Tutorial Postponed

House Free Motion Quilting, Long Arm Motif

Due to some technical difficulties and a whole lot of time mis-management (okay, procrastination), the Tuesday Tutorial has been postponed until Thursday.  Honestly, May is always a crazy month–college kids coming home, graduations, festivities, and the first burst of good weather—gardening, barbecues, photo walks…I think the tutorial will be worth the wait—we will be working on houses!

In the meantime…I have a Giveaway for you of another gorgeous stencil from The Stencil Company…Tomorrow’s Work in Progress Wednesday post will include many photos of this stencil and the small quilt I made with it!

To win the stencil…please leave a Time Management tip or comment in the Comment Section of any post from now until next Monday (May 27th)…Two winners will be chosen–one winner for the Best Tip and the other by lottery–(Not as exciting as $600 million PowerBall, but your odds are much better!)

That’s all for now.  Thanks for being patient!

Jailhouse Jaunt-Stillwater

Washington County, MN, Historic Courthouse and Jail

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to tour the historic jail in Stillwater, Minnesota.  It was known by some –as The Crossbar Motel!

Washington County, MN, Historic Courthouse and Jail

The jail is part of the Washington County Historic Courthouse  (read about it HERE) which was built shortly after the Civil War while the lumber business was booming all along the St. Croix River. The courthouse served as the judicial and administrative center of the county from 1870 until 1972.  At that time, all of these services were moved to a new, modern location a few miles away.

The Historic Courthouse was restored and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Courthouse is a popular site for wedding receptions and conferences and the jail is open for tours.

This jail register, written in long-hand, cites a description of each of the inmates, their occupations (most were laborers) and their offenses–larceny, highway robbery, lascivious cohabitation...

Washington County, MN, Historic Courthouse and Jail

The last occupants of the jail left their mark…

Washington County, MN, Historic Courthouse and Jail

Jailhouse graffiti

(Doodles or graffiti?)

Washington County, MN, Historic Courthouse and Jail

Washington County, MN, Historic Courthouse and Jail

Touring the jail, one gets a sense of the isolation

Washington County, MN, Historic Courthouse and Jail

The boredom…

Washington County, MN, Historic Courthouse and Jail

Washington County, MN, Historic Courthouse and Jail

And the discomfort of the hapless inmates!

Thank you to FVKennedy for sharing her photos from our Jailhouse Jaunt.  Check out Faye’s very creative use of color at her Tumblr Blog:  ColorRouteCo

To read more about Stillwater:    The Commander

and  An Andrew Carnegie Library Jaunt