QM Bitty Blocks: Home Sweet Home

I know you’re excited to see the next QM Bitty Block, and I’m excited to show you! These adorable small quilt blocks are freebies for quilters presented each month on Quilty Pleasures. They are so much fun.

Today I have a new quilt block for you, but we also decided we wanted to tell you more about the row quilts these blocks can become.

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March’s QM Bitty Block is a cute little 3″ house.

March’s QM Bitty Block is a little 3″ house block I’ve dubbed Home Sweet Home. It is so cute! I dreamed up the block one evening and shot the measurements to Paula in a text. Before the next morning, she had made a whole boatload of colorful house blocks!

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Paula’s little houses

This block is easy like the Bow Ties were. We wanted to give you a break after the sweet but somewhat labor-intensive Bitty Baskets. You’ll enjoy the houses—they’re quick and easy.

Printer-friendly pdf for Home Sweet Home house quilt block.

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Six patches are needed for each house quilt block.

For one house block, you’ll need:

Background (white):
2 squares 2″ x 2″
2 rectangles 1″ x 2″

House (red):
1 rectangle
2″ x 2-1/2″

Roof (teal):
1 rectangle
2″ x 3-1/2″

I started by cutting several 2″-wide strips from light fabrics for the backgrounds and medium to dark fabrics for the houses. Then I subcut all of the patches from these 2″ strips.

march15 QM Bitty Blocks: Home Sweet HomeHere’s a little trick that Paula discovered. If you cut 6″ segments from the 2″ strips, you can get the four background patches, or one house patch and one roof patch, from every 2″ x 6″ segment. Handy to know if you’re using scraps!

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Six patches are needed for each house quilt block.

Select the patches for one house block. You can make all four background patches the same, or you can mix them up.

Use Stitch & Flip to create the roof section. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each 2″ x 2″ background patch. Align the background patch on one end of the roof patch, right sides together. Sew on the marked line.

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Sew on the diagonal line.

Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″ as shown below.

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Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″.

Flip the background patch open and press.

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Flip the background patch open and press.

Repeat with the other 2″ x 2″ background patch on the other end.

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Repeat for the other end of the roof.

This completes the roof section.

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You’ve just made a roof!

Sew the small background rectangles to each side of the house patch as shown below. This completes the house section.

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Sew the background rectangles to each side of the house patch as shown.

Join the roof section and the house section to complete the house block. Its unfinished size is 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ for a finished size of 3″ x 3″.

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Completed house quilt block is 3.5″ x 3.5″ unfinished, to finish at 3″ square.

Wasn’t that fun?!

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It’s easy to make them quickly.

It’s easy to make them quickly, and it’s easy to get carried away.

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Six of my little Bitty Houses.

Just ask Paula!

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Paula has many, many Bitty Blocks hanging in her office.

I used the smudge tool so as not to give away the upcoming Bitty Blocks. We want to surprise you!

Here’s a printer-friendly pdf for the Home Sweet Home house quilt block.

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This Home Sweet Home Bitty Block had us recalling a past issue of Quiltmaker. We thought back, way back, to the September/October issue from 2014. This issue focused on house blocks and house quilts. The cover alone is too cute for words. We couldn’t help but flip through and find our favorites. Perhaps you should get a digital copy and do the same!

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Comments (2)

  • Kathy E

    I love this house block, but realize that the measurements are off. Has this been updated? The photo above showing the roof not sewn yet to the house follows the pattern as it’s written. But the succeeding photos show a different block with the extra width beyond the corners of the roof. I would love the updated version!

    August 13, 2018 at 2:23 am
    • Brenna Riley Gates

      Hi Kathy,
      I don’t have my sewing machine handy, but I believe the pattern is accurate. When the roof portion of the block is separate from the house, the triangle fills one entire side, corner to corner, of that block, like a Flying Geese block. Once that roof section is sewn onto the house, the corners are hidden in the seam allowance creating the extra width of background fabric you are noticing.
      I hope this helps,
      Brenna
      The Quilting Company

      August 14, 2018 at 5:33 pm

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