There’s no place like home: house quilt patterns

Childhood home, first home, dream home. Large or small, clapboard or brick, Colonial, contemporary, or high-rise condo: homes come in many shapes and sizes and so do the memories and emotions attached to them. Maybe that’s why the iconic house quilt is so beloved among quilters: it reminds us of home.

Village Square quilt
“Village Square” from
Fig Tree Quilts: Houses

That Patchwork Place logoWhen Nancy and Dan Martin founded That Patchwork Place® in 1976, they wanted a logo that conveyed a sense of place. They chose the traditional Schoolhouse block, an image that became familiar to quilters around the world.

Joanna Figueroa and Lisa Quan chose the humble house quilt block too, as a jumping-off point for the 14 unique pieced and appliquéd designs in their eBook, Fig Tree Quilts: Houses. Warm and welcoming in Fig Tree’s romantic color palette, the designs range from city to country and traditional to contemporary.

Fig Tree Manor quilt
“Fig Tree Manor” is Fig Tree Quilts’ signature design.

The variety of projects demonstrates the versatility of the block: simply varying the size and placement of the squares and rectangles can completely change the style of the house. Add a few trees, as in “Under the Tuscan Sun,” and you’re transported to warm and sunny Italy.

Under the Tuscan Sun quilt
“Under the Tuscan Sun” from
Fig Tree Quilts: Houses

Quilts from Fig Tree Quilts: Houses
“Miniature Dollhouses,” “My Cotswold Cottages,” and “City Flats” from
Fig Tree Quilts: Houses

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What style of house would you build in quilt form? Tell us in the comments.

19 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I would like to make a bird house quilt.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on February 18, 2015
  • I have an aerial photo of the home where I grew up. My plan for this coming summer is to transfer the photo to graph paper and then create an appliqued wall quilt for my mom for Christmas.

    —Stephanie Taylor on February 18, 2015
  • I live in a shirtwaist, but would like a cabin in the woods on the prairie but in a more modern style. Would love to make a quilt with the sweep of stars overhead.

    —Cindy Wienstroer on February 18, 2015
  • I think a San Francisco painted lady would be fun.

    —Marie on February 18, 2015
  • I love the primitive look with two or three story houses and a willow tree.

    —Barbara on February 18, 2015
  • I would try to make a log cabin complete with stone chimney surrounded by trees and with our lake in the background. The border probably would be best in bear paws 🙂

    —Kate on February 18, 2015
  • I would make a saltbox house.

    —Jean Howard on February 18, 2015
  • I’d build my farmhouse at the end of a pathway, with trees along the sides & mountains way back in the background. I’d have lights in the windows with curtains & a red door, which means welcome! LOVE this HOME pattern!

    —Alene on February 18, 2015
  • I would like to attempt a farm house. The house I live was owned by my parents. It was built in the early 40’s and has had many updates and add ons over the years. It has gone from white with black trim, to blue with white trim and I had it painted a buttery yellow with brick red trim and added a brick red tin roof. Since I have pictures of each change, I’d love to do panels showing the progression.

    —debra lee on February 18, 2015
  • We’re hoping to move house in the next few months so I’d make something like the Fig Tree house in your picture above, surrounded by countryside (grass, trees and a river) to remind me of our present home where we’ve been happy for the last 13 years!

    —Suzanne on February 18, 2015
  • probably a cutesy english cottage complete with a cottage garden as that would remind me of the house i used to live in before i came over to Australia.

    —Suzanne Keal on February 18, 2015
  • I’d love to see a tudor style house quilt.

    —Renee G on February 18, 2015
  • I would make a haunted house and use the Ghatlies fabric.

    —cj on February 20, 2015
  • I love Debra Lee’s idea of blocks showing the progression of her house. I’d love to do a quilt inspired by the Richard Scarry illustrations in a book I received as a child—-the same house shown in each of the four seasons, with trees in bloom in spring, flowers everywhere in summer, a harvest moon and goblins for fall, and a wreath and snowman in winter.

    Linda Carlson on February 20, 2015
  • I want the cat! Some kind of house with a cat!

    —Sandy on February 20, 2015
  • I think you just gave me an idea – I’m going to go back and take a picture of all of the houses I’ve lived in (already have some) and then make them into a quilt – thank you for ‘germinating’ this idea!!

    —Susan Meredith on February 20, 2015
  • For years, I’ve dreamed of making a quilt for my brother. The "home" would be a tent campsite with a blazing campfire, surrounded by representations of the activities that he shared with our father: hunting, fishing, horseback riding.

    —Pearl on February 20, 2015
  • I’d make a cabin in the woods with a hanging bench chair on the front porch, a wading river nearby, a large garden, a few wildflowers, a dog or cat sleeping on the steps, a barn in the back, and a long walk down to the mailbox. Yes, I spent my summers in a house just like that.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on February 22, 2015
  • I’m going to make a quilt for my husband this summer. I’m calling it "All Roads Lead Home". A fabric picture of our home and gardens will be in the center, with surrounding blocks depicting many of our memorable trips in our camper(34′), with roads leading to the center block. I discovered a old linen towel from 1960 in an antique shop. That is the year we married, and I will use this in the middle of the back of the quilt. 55 years and still loving our life, and our big family (5 married sons, 9 grandchildren, my Dad and each other.

    —Norma on February 23, 2015

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