I was reading Belinda's blog Brown Dirt Cottage about how she works. I decided I would attempt to show you how I work when I am improvising. I started with the idea from Sarah at House of Krom of I Spy houses. I made a simple sketch.
You can see that I am not an artist.
I chose some fabrics. I like the polka dot that Sarah used. I found this at our local quilt shop. It is shades of navy blue.
I cut some strips of the house fabric of different widths. It is helpful to use a fabric that is not directional.
I started by sewing strips on either side of the piece I wanted for the door.
This piece is one of the windows and I wanted it up and to the right of the "door". I sewed a strip the the bottom so I could place it where I wanted it.
I wanted to other window to the left and up a bit.
This time I sewed a strip to the side of this window. That is why it is easier to work with fabric that is not directional.
You can see that there is a gap but you can easily fill gaps with more fabric. You cannot be afraid to cut or to add to if you need to.
Almost done. I put a strip on either side and at the top. This house is a bit wider than I would like but that's ok. I can either trim or adjust the border to make it fit.
Now I need to add the roof and the sky. I really like to have some sky on either side, in this case it will be a narrow strip.
I hope you find this interesting and/or helpful. Let me know how you work.