House quilt-block tutorial (new video!)

From I Love House BlocksEarlier this week we showed you how to sew a Churn Dash block; today we’ve got a House quilt-block tutorial for you!

House quilts are hot—and they’re so much fun to make. You can personalize them in so many ways! Create a quilt that looks like your neighborhood or create the house of your dreams. But you’ll need to start with two basics that every house needs: a foundation for your fabric home and a roof overhead.

In this video, featuring photos from the book Block-Buster Quilts: I Love House Blocks, you’ll see how easy it is start the construction of your houses. Take a look:


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Wouldn’t a quilt full of houses be the perfect “house” warming gift?

In I Love House Blocks, you’ll find quaint cottages, smart schoolhouses, trendy townhouses, big barns, and even houses in the ’burbs—and you know it wouldn’t be home sweet home for quilters without a Log Cabin. Whatever your vision of the perfect home is, you’ll find a design to inspire your construction! Take a look at just a few quilts from the book:

Sherbet Town house quilt
Make a Sherbet Town quilt in solids with Corey Yoder.

Block Party house quilt
Throw a Block Party with Sherri Falls.

Tiny Town house quilt
Stitch a Tiny Town with Carrie Nelson (finished quilt: 22″ × 25¾").

Neighborhood house quilt
Sew an ode to your Neighborhood with Sherri McConnell!

Explore more books in our “Block-Buster Quilts” series:

I Love Nine Patches I Love Churn Dashes I Love Star Blocks I Love Log Cabins

How would you personalize your house blocks: trees, shutters, pets, a garden . . . a few weeds? Tell us in the comments!

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24 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I would have flower boxes spilling over with blooms and a black lab frolicking in the yard. Maybe, a picket fence. My kind of place

    —Donna Merrifield on November 1, 2017
  • When my youngest daughter graduated from high school, she went a trip to Hawaii, I made her houses with Hawaiian prints. I had people in the doorways, cats in the windows. Nice bright colors with a black background. I had such fun making it, they were placed on there randomly, big and small.

    —Debbie Clayton on November 1, 2017
  • I would personalize with hearts.

    —carol on November 1, 2017
  • I love house blocks, and would personalize a quilt by having all sorts of shapes of houses, maybe a barn or two, trees, fences, curtains at the windows, fussy cut people at the windows, dark "sky" and light "sky", etc. It might be too visually stimulating to be restful, but it would be FUN!

    —Carol Johnson on November 1, 2017
  • A cat in the window!

    —Robyn Gronning on November 1, 2017
  • I would use specialty buttons to add flowers, bugs, birds, etc. and even 2 or 4 holes buttons for stems or tree trunks. There are so many cute character buttons, transportation buttons, animals buttons, toy buttons, etc. available.
    This is an easy way to decorate, something my mother did on quilts and clothes 30 years ago and always received good comments. She was known as the Button Lady.
    Love all the house quilts.

    —Joyce Jones on November 1, 2017
  • I love house blocks and it’s always fun to fussy cut a fabric to put in the windows–flowers, pets or faces!

    —Karen in Breezy Point on November 1, 2017
  • Probably a combination of all of those

    —Sue Goodin on November 1, 2017
  • I would like to do a block of a house then a block of a tree and repeat across the quilt. I think that would be pretty.

    —Mary Gonzales on November 1, 2017
  • I see how and why you leave the 1/4″ at the top of the flying geese block for the seam. But you don’t leave the same on the outside edges. Doesn’t this chop off the ‘eaves’ of the house? I haven’t tried this block but I don’t think I’d be happy with it.
    But as far as your question, I want to do a quilt with all the houses I have lived in, and all the pets I have loved.

    Hi Sherry, if you look closely in the video (at 1:18) you’ll see that the body of the house extends past the roof of the house widthwise by 1/4″ on either side. When you join the house block with other blocks, the seam allowance will capture those widthwise roof points on either side and leave you with, essentially, a triangle on top of a square. I hope this helps, and thanks for your comment! –Jenny

    —Sherry Jurykovsky on November 1, 2017
  • Put a couple faces in the windows, a cat on the sill, a dog at the door.

    —Sandy May on November 1, 2017
  • I’ve been thinking for awhile that I’d really like to create a quilt with 4 very long rows: each would the same houses and downtown businesses along the street, a city park at one end and a countryside farm visible at the other end’s entry to town. But each row would also depict a different season! OR I’d use a medallion format (with the city park in the center of town) and 4 quadrants radiating from it (each showing one of the 4 seasons) radiating from it. My imagination tells me this quilt will test all of my embroidery, applique and piecing skills…. maybe "some day"!

    What a cute idea, Marty! –Jenny

    —Marty on November 1, 2017
  • I made my first house quilt on a whim for a Christmas wall quilt about 10 years ago and named it ‘My Hometown USA’. The center town square is a park with Christmas Trees. Surrounded by the houses, a church with a steeple and bell and as well as a school house. There is a picket fence as well as embroidered snowmen and trees; top and side borders is a string of appliqued Christmas lights. So much fun to make because it just developed and still one of my favorites. Marty should just start hers.

    —Shirl on November 1, 2017
  • I would like to see it with trees and shutters.

    —stephanie woodward on November 1, 2017
  • Perhaps adding an address, door knob, window panes, and curtains – the items would all be meaningful to me.

    —Roz Agulnik on November 1, 2017
  • I have a collection of embroidered labels I want to put on my house blocks. I have a town quilt 3/4 finished and made 1 house into a Church and making another into a toy store, (still not sure how the later is going to work)

    —elizajane on November 1, 2017
  • Make a Village using trees. Make the houses different sizes and colors.

    —Rose Landon on November 3, 2017
  • I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas from the entries above. I was thinking of putting a seasonal wreath on the door.

    —Karen on November 3, 2017
  • I have never made a house block, but I plan to! Mine will have a dachshund somewhere.

    —Welton Renee on November 3, 2017
  • I love house block quilts, but as yet haven’t made one! I think I would fussy cut the doors and windows so they had people, animals, flowers, etc, peeking out!

    —YvonneJ on November 3, 2017
  • I would make unique gingerbread houses out of each one! I love Christmas!

    —Kelly on November 3, 2017
  • I am working on a house quilt now for a block of the month class at the local quilt shop. I have used a lot of these ideas, especially fussy cut pets, window shades and different door treatments. When I quilt my project, I plan to use some of the fancy stitches on my machine to add little details like door knobs and cobblestone pathways between the houses and trees. I also did some of the foliage as "flowering" bushes and a few fruit trees. It’s been a fun project.

    —Ali on November 4, 2017
  • My house quilt would have a garden for sure, and maybe some trees, barns and farm animals.

    —Linda Towers on November 5, 2017
  • I’ve seen this book advertised, and it looks wonderful! Since pets are such an integral part of what makes a house a home, I think I would include them in any customization I did!

    —Teri Gailey on November 12, 2017

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