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.
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!
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.
For one house block, you’ll need:
2 squares 2″ x 2″
2 rectangles 1″ x 2″
2″ x 2-1/2″
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.
Here’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!
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.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″ as shown below.
Flip the background patch open and press.
Repeat with the other 2″ x 2″ background patch on the other end.
This completes the roof section.
Sew the small background rectangles to each side of the house patch as shown below. This completes the house section.
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″.
Wasn’t that fun?!
It’s easy to make them quickly, and it’s easy to get carried away.
Just ask Paula!
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.
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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