Thursday, January 19, 2017

House Hunting Quilt--In Progress

If you ask my quilting friends, they will tell you I'm the Queen of Fussy Cutting. 

For my House Hunting Quilt I designed a foundation pieced house block that can have a fussy cut center. Yay! I have been trying to make one house per day, slowly building a neighborhood. I was thinking about houses because my husband and I have been looking at houses in NC to find our next home. I think we've looked at 47 (over the past 3 years) and counting with our we aren't ready to buy yet it's an ongoing process but soon....(thanks, Melinda! We WILL find one..... soon.)

Paper foundations, cute fussy cut centers, 3" finished houses, 9" finished block of houses.

This is the plan for a 25 block quilt. I think all the backgrounds will be blue and white. I might not stop at 25 blocks if we haven't found our dream home by then. When we do find it I plan to sew a house and put a big heart in the center of it! If I do one house per day I'll be done with the blocks by June.  I think these houses are so fun to make that I'll keep going!!

Loads of whites to choose from.

Loads of blues to choose from.

These are the sizes of background pieces that I cut. This piece of fabric is 8 1/4" x 3 3/4". This is how I cut for the center block square. To make the 8 outside house backgrounds I cut long strips of fabric and then chop it into my desired sizes.
These are ALL cat fabrics.

Lots of cats to make a cat block with some extras for later.

Background pieces cut for 1 white and 8 blue, center fusses, foundation papers and scissors to trim the seams.

This 3 1/2" ruler is a MUST for trimming the houses.

There is plenty of room around the house so it isn't going to be a crowded neighborhood.

I couldn't resist putting a mouse in the "cat block"!

This is the Snow block. I pieced most of these on one snowy Saturday.

The center house has a popcorn background. That block was made New Year's Eve.

The upper right house has Mary weeping for her lost lamb.

Christmas day I made the Santa in the peppermint house with the candy cane background.

The center house has the little bear from the "Beary Merry Christmas" advent calendars that I finished in December. This was printed on the instruction part of the fabric. I'm sure most people threw it away but I found a use for it.

There is Mary's little lamb in the yellow house! And one of my favorite geckos lower left.

I started this one-a-day house quilt on December 1st. Sometimes I make houses ahead to cover days that I can't sew (like when we were in New Orleans). Since I made the cat block in one day I'm now up to Feb 1st. I can slack off if I want to for a while but these are so much fun!


  1. Love the house blocks! I must be too easy when it comes to house hunting. Met with my realtor on 1/4 and signed a contract on 1/16. I think I looked at about 12 houses.

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  3. I loved looking at all your lovely fussy cut 'home-owners' - your fabrics are always so cute and I love seeing your projects coming together. Thanks for sharing all your dimensions and I'm presuming you designed and printed your own templates?

  4. Love all your houses and your plan for the neighbourhood. I look forward to seeing your progress.

  5. Love your pp houses. Really cute pattern you created...hugs, Julierose

  6. P.S. Are you going to sell a pattern for these? Julierose