Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Quilt Mania Back to School - School House Block

My block for this month's jam-packed Quilt Mania theme of Back to School is a School House block. 
**Don't forget to scroll down to see all the other wonderful patterns**

Here's my 12" school house block

My recreation of an antique quilt block from 100 years ago. The antique house was paired with the alphabet so I think it is a school house block rather than simply a house block.

Cutting and piecing diagram on 1/4" graph paper (below). pieces are finished size (each square is 1/4") Marked sizes are what you'll need to cut.  Click on the photo to enlarge. All pieces are shown at finished size on the diagram except the final 4 side strips. See separate photos for paper piecing for the roof corners.

Cutting Instructions:


(2) 1.5" squares (sky/background)
(4) 1.5 x 3.5" strips (house- door/windows)
(1) 1.5 x 4.5 strip (sky/background)
(3) 1.5 x 8.5 strips (sides of house, L side of block)
** (2) roof triangles (approx. 1 7/8") -see paper piecing photos  


 (1) 2.5 x 12.5" strip (top of block)


*Note if using directions fabric like the floral I used, you'll need to make horizontal/vertical cuts

Red dot - VERTICAL Cuts

(2) 1.5" squares (chimney)
(5) 1.5 x 3.5" strips (house)
(1) 1.5 x 8.5" strip (R side of block)
** (2) roof triangles (approx. 1 7/8") -see paper piecing photos


(3) 1.5 x 5.5" strips (house/porch)
(1) 1.5 x 4.5" strip (roof -right)
(1) 1.5 x 3.5 strip (roof - L)
(1) 2.5 x 3.5" strip (above door)
(1) 2.5 h x 12.5 w strip (bottom of block)

Paper Piecing Patterns for Roof Corners
Simply draw these on paper and then sew on lines 
*Note that the red/blue corners are reversed from the cutting diagram for paper piecing.

Click on photos to enlarge

Piecing Order/ Pressing Directions, etc.
Join red/blue 1.5 x 3.5 sections (door/windows)
3 strip door section - measures 3.5 square (press to blue)
5 strip window section - measures 3.5 x 5.5 w (press to blue)
Add strip to bottom of door, press to blue. Unit 3.5 x 4.5
Join 2 bottom red porch strips. Press to top strip.
Add them to bottom of window section. Press down to red.
Add 1 red strip to top of windows. Press up to red. Unit 5.5 x 6.5
Sew red 2.5 x 3.5 piece to door section. Press up to red. Unit 3.5 x 6.5
Join door & window sections together. Unit 6.5 h x 8.5 w
Follow paper piecing patterns to make roof corner sections. 
Add to center strip. Press to center strip. Row =1.5 h  x 8.5 w.

Sew chimney pieces to make top row. Press to blue. Row = 1.5 x 8.5"
Sew 2 rows to make top unit. 2.5 h x 8.5 w
Sew to house unit. This unit = 8.5 x 8.5

Add final strips - press seams towards strips and away from house center
 Add 1.5 x 8.5 blue strips to left & right sides of house. . 8.5 h x 10.5 w
Add 1.5 x 8.5 red strip to Right side of house
Add 1.5 x 8.5 blue strip to Left side of house. 
Add 2.5 x 12.5 darker blue strip to top of house
Add 2.5 x 12.5 red strip to bottom of house. 
Unit  now is 12.5 x 12.5"

Visit the other sites for a whole host of amazing school theme blocks and all are free. You'll be able to make an adorable school-themed quilt with crayons, pencils, lockers, etc.


More School Themed Quilt Blocks

Check out all these other fabulous designers who are also offering school-themed quilt blocks:

Crayons by Slice of Pi Quilts
Lockers by Powered by Quilting
Math Problem by Pretty Piney
Chalk Board by Inquiring Quilter
Stack of Books by Carolina Moore
Pointy Pencil Block by Sew Brainy
Geometry by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Pencils by Quilting Room with Mel
School Bus by Orange Blossom Quilt
Book with Animal by Seams to be Sew
Stack of Textbooks by Quilted Diary
Shades of the Sun by Charisma Horton

Basketball by Devoted Quilter
Apples by Perkins Dry Goods
Box of Crayons by ScrapDash
Apple with leaf by Blockofthemodotcom
Crayons by Off the Wall Quilt
School Time Schoolhouse by Quilt Moments
School House by Utah Quilt Appraiser
Pencil by True Blue Quilts
Owl by The Whimsical Workshop
Calculator by Quilt Fabrication
Crayons by Linda B Creative
Applique Computer by DooHikey Designs
Modern Apple by Cotton Street Commons
Glue by Quilting Mod
School Girl’s Puzzle by Sew on the Go
Snack by Quiltfox Design
Backpack by Oh Kaye Quilting
Math Signs by Patti’s Patchwork
Bookworm by Appliques Quilts and More
Backpack by Tacy Gray
Schoolhouse by From my Carolina Home
Girl’s Favorite by Blue Bear Quilts
Origami Paper Plane by Amarar Creacions
Show up and Shine! by SewJoy Creations
School House with Children by Aunte Ms Quilts 

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