Houses of All Shapes & Sizes

4 May

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Today is my lucky day, and yours too!  This week is the blog tour for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 15, and not only is Northcott a sponsor, but I also have a block in the issue.  The good news for you is that you get 2 chances to win a copy of this great issue chock full of creative blocks – one chance for commenting on this post and one for commenting on my block post.

I really enjoy writing the Northcott post – it allows me to stretch my creative muscle by recreating some of the blocks and making them with the fabric collection featured in the Northcott ad in this issue.  This time around it is Little Genius (Little Genius ), part of the Tiny Treasures series of small-scale prints.  Little Genius is also a Quilts for Kids collection, benefitting Quilts for Kids ( ), a non-profit organization dedicated to brightening the lives of children who suffer from abuse or life-threatening illnesses.  Quilters are so kind-hearted and generous with their time, regularly making quilts that aid those people less fortunate.  Coincidentally, my modern guild had a charity sewing day last month, and we made a quilt with various house blocks for a local facility that provides support for families living with cancer.

With that in mind, I selected any blocks in Volume 15 that looked like houses, whether they were traditional or not.  This included #1441 Tree Houses, #1449 Beach House, #1495 Adventure Seeker (it is a teepee), and #1499 Candy Box (it reminded me of modular housing).  Since, as quilters, we like these quilts to be quick and easy, I also selected some of the easier blocks, such as #1411 Diamond Twist and #1489 Offset.  I noted that #1489 Offset looked like a low-rise apartment.  With 6 different blocks in all, I had lots of options.

I then set to work recoloring them in Little Genius, keeping the background the same in all blocks to maintain cohesiveness.  Here they are!

Little Genius blocks

Then I set them into a variety of quilts, creating 6 different options.  The first one has 2 each of all 6 blocks, with the lengthwise border stripe used for the outer border.  I added sashing to minimize the varying grids in the blocks.  It looks like a sampler quilt.

Quilt #1 - all 6 blocks

Quilt #1

In Quilt #2, I used the 4 main “house” blocks, keeping the sashing and border.  I think you would agree that the result is somewhat less “sampler-y”.

Quilt #2 - the 4 house blocks

Quilt #2

Quilt #3 has just the 2 main “house” blocks, and I like this version a lot.

Quilt #4 - the 2 main house blocks

Quilt #3

I used only the teepee and apartment blocks in Quilt #4, changing the block ground to solid cream, and it has a cleaner, more modern look.

Quilt #5 - teepee & apartment with cream ground & non-stripe border

Quilt #4

In the final quilt, I used the 2 more modern “houses” (the modular one and the apartment one) and used a less-busy print in the border.  The effect is quite grid-like, and appeals to the modern quilter in me.

Quilt #6 - modular & apartment blocks with plainer border & solid cream ground

Quilt #5

I am having a tough time deciding which one is my favorite, so I’m asking for your help.  For a chance to win a packet of Little Genius fabrics and a copy of “100 Blocks Volume 15”, please post a comment to this blog by midnight tomorrow Friday May 5th telling me which quilt is your favorite.  I’ll randomly select 3 winners.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to my blog, and this post on behalf of Northcott.  Please check out my other post today as one of the block designers – you’ll be glad you did!  For more chances to win a copy of “100 Blocks Volume 15”, be sure to visit the other blogs in the tour as well.



107 Responses to “Houses of All Shapes & Sizes”

  1. Maggie at 1:04 am #

    I think either 3 or 4 is my favourite!
    I’m going through my scraps drawer by drawer colour by colour, making a variety of blocks using the same pattern. I have made 8 purple blocks from a variety of more modern books and have fabric pulled for the next series of the same blocks. Not sure how they will be combined, but it appeals to my ADD brain!
    Need to work fast so I can go shopping again!!

  2. slomo2017 at 1:19 am #

    I think they are all terrific, but my preference is Block 5.

  3. sanpot at 2:55 am #

    I just love ‘house’ blocks, although have yet to make a quilt that is just houses. I think my favourite is number one.

  4. Michelle Price at 5:40 am #

    Hi Patti, I really like quilt sampler 3, because each block has a house. My second favorite is the first option because it looks more like a sampler quilt. The fabric colours are beautiful and cheerful! You must have had fun making these!

  5. Sherry Southgate at 5:53 am #

    My fave is quilt # 4.

  6. Carol J at 6:49 am #

    I have a confession to make… I am not much of a ‘house’ lover when it comes to quilting. That doesn’t mean I don’t like looking at them, it just means that the chances of me making one are pretty slim lol. My favourite quilt is #1, because it does take on the look of a sampler quilt. Thank you for sharing Patti!!

  7. Gail at 7:07 am #

    Hard to choose – but #3 is my favourite.

  8. KT at 7:09 am #

    Fun designs! I like #3 best. Love that border stripe!

  9. Joan Reed at 7:23 am #

    In am not sure what I am more impressed by…your creativity or your time management!! The LIttle Genius fabric line is perfect for this “community of houses” ! My favs are #1 & #3.

  10. Diane Paul at 7:25 am #

    Number 3 is my favorite. It’s a soothing quilt which I think is nice for kids.

  11. Bonnie at 7:25 am #

    I love number 5. Has a modern twist.

  12. Dana Gaffney at 7:48 am #

    I like Quilt 3, lots of color and I just love house blocks.

  13. ellenmccaulley at 7:52 am #

    I like quilt number 5

  14. Christine Currie at 8:01 am #

    Hard job deciding but I am going to go with #2.
    Christine from Ontario

  15. Patricia at 8:01 am #

    I like quilt 1, like all the houses and they are in it

  16. Liz Dicrescenzo at 8:04 am #

    I like quilt 2. I am not sure why but I just find it pleasing to look at.

  17. Donalda Fisher at 8:07 am #

    I like quilt number 5. It is modern looking and not quite as busy looking as the others.

  18. Susan Conner at 8:11 am #

    I like this and could also see it as a row by row, with each type of house in it’s own row with multiple colors. I like number 3, it’s cute as all of them are. Thanks for the double chance to win.

  19. Bonnie Larson at 8:18 am #

    I love quilt #3. A house block quilt is definitely on my todo list. thanks for the ideas.

  20. Susan at 8:43 am #

    I like #3 the best.

  21. sandratimmons at 8:48 am #

    I really like of your options but for some reason I keep looking at Quilt No. 5. Great Job on all of them and thanks for the chance to try and become a winner.

    Sandi Timmons

  22. Barbara Wendell at 9:02 am #

    I really like quilt # 3 the best.

  23. Verna A. at 9:08 am #

    Version #3 is my favorite!

  24. Marie Woodhouse at 9:10 am #

    Dear Patti,
    The blocks are all very creative and the way they are set in the quilts makes me like Quilt 1 (like a sample style) & Quilt 5 ( a modern look using these two blocks). the fabrics are bright and cheery! I love all the blocks, so I don’t have a favorite. Candy Box & Off Set go together nicely, however the Candy Box and Diamond Twist would also look wonderful.
    Thank you for sharing and Someone is going to be a Winner!

  25. Marsha at 9:14 am #

    They are all lovely but I have to go with quilt 1 because I like the diamond twist block!

  26. Elizabeth at 9:17 am #

    I like quilt 2. All quilts are very cute.

  27. Sharon at 9:21 am #

    My favourite is quilt #1. I like the variety of blocks in this quilt.

  28. Kathie L at 9:27 am #

    I like the simplicity of quilt 4.

  29. Joyce Carter at 9:38 am #

    I love quilt #3 and quilt #5. (I can’t just choose one. LOL) Thank you for your giveaway.

  30. Linda Jerome at 9:56 am #

    I love all the designs and would really love to win.

  31. Lee Ann L. at 10:42 am #

    I am liking quilt #4 — its simplicity appeals to me for some reason.

  32. Bonnie at 10:58 am #

    My favorite is #3. Love the borders and the colorful houses!

  33. Judi Duncan at 11:04 am #

    quilt number 1 is my fave…I like the idea of so many different types of houses

  34. Mary D at 11:18 am #

    I have always loved house blocks and number three is my favorite. Love the fabrics, too!

  35. Teri at 11:26 am #

    Quilt #1 is my favorite. All of them are fun to consider.

  36. Barbara Young at 11:28 am #

    I like Quilt #3 with just the houses. It’s like a little city. Maybe you could turn the sashing into little roads.

  37. Judith Lazo at 11:38 am #

    Oooh, I love the tree house and beach house, quilt #3. Mainly because I had a quasi tree house when I was a kid and loved climbing the trees to the top and after many years finally got my beach house. Perfect combination. My beach house is decorated in aquas and golds. Fun quilt to hang there.

  38. Tina at 11:49 am #

    I like quilt 1. A little of everything. Thanks

  39. peggycooperquilts at 12:06 pm #

    All are beautiful but #3 is my favorite.

  40. April at 12:06 pm #

    I love house blocks and especially the beach house, probably because of my love of water. My favorite is 3.

  41. debbierhodes at 12:11 pm #

    #3 the houses and trees look just right!!!

  42. Nancy Green at 12:17 pm #

    I’m pretty traditional, so I like option #3 with the two blocks. But I really like that teepee block with the stripes!

  43. Myra at 12:20 pm #

    Block #2 is my preference. I like the diagonal motion.
    Keep up the great work.

  44. dhowardvt at 12:25 pm #

    My favorite is version 3. I have been wanting to do a house quilt and I like that one a lot.

  45. Chris at 12:48 pm #

    I really like Quilt 3. Houses are great.

  46. Diane Oakes at 12:52 pm #

    My favorite is #3. Thanks for sharing!! Diane

  47. Melody Lutz at 1:06 pm #

    I immediately liked number 4! Super cute layouts, each one made me say OHHH!

  48. sue at 1:08 pm #

    I like #5 best -but I really like the fabric line the most

  49. Gill at 1:19 pm #

    I love house blocks!
    #3 is my favourite!

  50. goonyburd at 1:40 pm #

    I definitively love #3 the best!

  51. Delaine at 1:50 pm #

    I like the #1 quilt because of the Diamond Twist blocks that were used in it. Thanks!

  52. Martina at 1:54 pm #

    My favourite is quilt #3. But all are really cute!

  53. Mary O. at 1:58 pm #

    I like Quilt #3. I really like all the houses and trees making a big neighborhood.

  54. Nan B at 2:02 pm #

    Hi Patti, Number 3 is my favorite design. It is nice and clean. You have a neat job!

  55. Lisa Marie at 2:12 pm #

    I am very into house quilts lately — quilt #3 with all the houses is my favorite.

  56. Debra Rolfe at 2:33 pm #

    I like quilt 3 the best. I have been collecting house blocks lately. I really want to create my own layout with the houses around the outside, with something different in the center. I know I have seen patterns similar to this, and I guess they resonate with me.

  57. Allison in Alabama at 2:44 pm #

    Quilt #4 is my fav!!! I like the balance of the two blocks!

  58. Laura at 2:46 pm #

    My favorite is quilt 4. It was a hard decision, but in the end, the simple balance in this quilt appealed to me.

  59. Nancy C at 2:57 pm #

    My favorite is #1 ! Although they are all beautiful.

  60. Linda Daute at 3:07 pm #

    My favorite is # 2.

  61. Patsy Burroughs at 3:44 pm #

    Number 2 is my favorite. Although you did not use all patterns, I love the random “slant way” that you set the individual patterns, very pleasing and still very colorful. But all were very ‘thoughtful’ in their placement.

  62. glorybquilts at 3:55 pm #

    I do like all of them, however I think my favourite is #1. I do like scrappy quilts.

  63. Pam at 4:17 pm #

    Hi Patty,
    Quilt 4 has an organic quality in its simplicity and at the same time it reflects much more than homes or houses. The triangular tepee, surrounded by triangular green woods, near lakes of blue, contrasts sharply with the rigid, straight lines of the apartment atop a flat green strip of grass. Nature with man made, the evolution of homes, living with nature, removing nature, our continuous evolution as a country, a welcoming place and space for all: the home represents the essence of Canada. A great quilt to celebrate our 150th! Well done Patty – Quilt number 4 is my choice!

  64. Rochelle at 4:20 pm #

    I like the variety in quilt #1. The advantage to the other quilts in not having to master additional blocks. But I think the variety of houses speak to all children.

  65. Janet T at 4:21 pm #

    I like #2 the best. Love the trees.

  66. Whiskers at 4:26 pm #

    It is NOT a good day to make decisions. But, if I must, I go with #5, but I do like #3 and #4 as well. Something about the teepee block is appealing.

  67. Jayne P at 5:00 pm #

    I do like them all but I would choose quilt 3 as my favourite

  68. Darlene Mangum at 5:27 pm #

    Quilt 3 kept drawing my attention!
    What happy fabrics…

  69. Cecilia at 5:34 pm #

    It’s a toss up between #1 and #3. I love the colors you chose.

  70. Pat K at 5:36 pm #

    This was a very difficult choice because all of the quilts are wonderful, but finally decided on quilt #3. Love the colorful fabrics and your use of the blocks — you can’t help but smile when looking at your quilts.

  71. Vicki H at 5:37 pm #

    I am going for #3.

  72. Sandy K at 5:38 pm #

    It’s a difficult to choose. I’ll go for #1.

  73. Audrey at 6:02 pm #

    I am caught between #3 and #4 but I think in the end #3 comes out on top. Thanks for sharing.

  74. Madeline Wallace at 6:10 pm #

    Definitely number 3.!

  75. Maureen at 6:36 pm #

    I adore quilts with houses or barns, so my favourite is your quilt version # 3. I would love to make that one.


  76. Jane Shier at 7:09 pm #

    Quilt number 3 is my favourite.

  77. Annie R at 7:11 pm #

    I like Quilt #3 the best.

  78. wannajava at 7:19 pm #

    I like #1, then #3, samplers are fun to make as you get a chance to make several different blocks. Thanks for giveaway.

  79. Kathy h at 8:06 pm #

    My favorite is quilt #3.

  80. Joellyn P. at 8:07 pm #

    I love quilt #3, my favorite blocks are house blocks and the 2 you picked in that quilt look the most like houses. Definitely #3

  81. Linda Christianson at 8:52 pm #

    I like #3 house quilt it could be paired with #1474 from Vol15 Quiltmaker.

  82. Suzy at 8:55 pm #

    This is a tough one,…. it’s between #3 and 5…. like them both!

  83. Allison Evrard at 9:08 pm #

    I think #3 is my favorite but I like them all.

  84. Hanvy at 9:16 pm #

    Love the Diamond twist

  85. lee at 9:37 pm #

    I love quilt #3 the most but they are all very nice! thank you!

  86. CateD at 9:39 pm #

    Tough to make a choice, but I am going with number 4.

  87. JoyceLM at 10:40 pm #

    Tough choice, but Quilt #1 is my favorite with #5 a close second. Thanks.

  88. Brenda E. at 10:54 pm #

    Quilt #4 is a modern take on a more traditional sampler and I think that is why really like that one.

  89. Joy P at 11:29 pm #

    While I really like quilt #3 I think my fav is #1. All of the blocks are great.

  90. Elizabeth Engman at 11:32 pm #

    Once again my choice is Quilt # 3, using only 2 of the blocks.

  91. Angela Short at 12:03 am #

    I like quilt 2 the best. Very pretty quilt layouts! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  92. Nicole Sender at 12:09 am #

    #1 is my favorite. It was hard to make a choice!

  93. Rachell Reilly at 12:35 am #

    I like 2 and 3 the best. The one with the tepees and homes feel like camping in my backyard as a child…adventurous but safe at the same time. # 3 feels like a cozy, secluded mountainous neighborhood, and I like the consistency and well-ordered look.

  94. Águeda at 12:40 am #

    I love number one. For me is the best. Thank you.

  95. Pamela Reim at 1:04 am #

    My vote is #3 altho I would like to see #5 in a different set of fabrics. Thanks for sharing them.

  96. Sandy Walther at 1:11 am #

    My vote is quilt design #4. I like how the trees highlight the stripe, and the print for the background is lovely.

  97. Barb K. at 1:17 am #

    I liked Quilt #4–neat looking!

  98. Beth T. at 1:47 am #

    I’m surprised to see that I’m one of the few who likes #2 the best. It has a “neighborhood” feel to it, which really appeals to me.

  99. Quilt #3 looks like a friendly little city to me.

  100. Theresa MacLean at 5:43 am #

    I like Quilt #3 best!

  101. Monica R. at 9:15 am #

    Hmmmm I think it would be between Quilt #3 and #5. I love the background fabric.

  102. Mimi Patrick at 10:48 am #

    I like them all but #3 is my favorite,, I want to put little people coming out of the houses, too 🙂

  103. Margaret Handlin at 6:02 pm #

    I agree with Mimi, I love them all but #3 is the best..

  104. Stacey Martin at 6:40 pm #

    I love #3 because it could be done scrappy or in 2 colors. I like the houses together and not a fan of the contemporary apartment. The tee pee would be adorable with an alternating arrow block I think. But then….everyone had their own preferences. Hope that helped you some.

  105. Cathie at 10:22 pm #

    I like #3


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