Well, what could be more appropriate than a house wall hanging pattern for the week in which I have moved to Birmingham! There are loads of house quilt block patterns around, but I have made this block as simple as possible. I’ve used the same colours in each block, but in fact you could use it as a scrappy project and use different colours in each block. I have used four blocks for the house wall hanging, all 9″ square finished size and the house wall hanging itself measures 23″ square.
Cutting requirements for the house wall hanging
Green: four 1.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ strips
Cream: sixteen 1.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ strips, sixteen 1.1/2″ squares
White: eight 1.1/2″ squares
Brown: eight 2.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ strips, four 3.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ strips
Red: four 3.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ rectangles, four 3.7/8″ by 2.7/8″ rectangles
Blue: four 3.7/8″ by 2.7/8″ rectangles, eight 1.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ strips, four 1.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ strips
Black: four 1.1/2″ squares, four 2.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ strips
Dark blue: two 1.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ strips and one 1.1/2″ by 19.1/2″ strip for the sashing. For the border you will need to cut 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue: two lengths of 19.1/2″ and two lengths of 23.1/2″.
Making the blocks for the house wall hanging
Make half rectangle triangles with the blue and red 3.7/8″ rectangles. Place the rectangles in pairs with wrong sides together (as they are layered when you buy the fabric) and cut along one diagonal.
Match up red and blue triangles to re form a rectangle. Flip one triangle over so that you can sew them together along the longest edge of the triangles. Press the triangles open and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out. These half rectangle triangles are now 3.1/2″ by 2.1/2″.
Lay all the patchwork pieces out to form a house. At the bottom you have a 9.1/2″ strip of green for the grass.
Above the green strip there are two sections for the windows with one section for the door in between them. The window sections are made with two 3.1/2″ cream strips above and below the window, and two cream and one white 1.1/2″ squares forming the window itself.
The door section is made with a black 2.1/2″ strip for the door with a 2.1/2″ brown strip on either side and a 3.1/2″ brown strip across the top of the door.
For the roof of the house you’ll need the red rectangle with a half rectangle triangle on either side of it.
The chimney is made using a 1.1/2″ black square with a 4.1/2″ blue strip on either side, and the final strip is a 9.1/2″ blue strip for the sky.
Begin sewing the pieces together across the rows. For the window sections you will need to sew the two lower rows together first so that they are the same size as the door section and then that row can be sewn together.
Finally sew all the rows to each other to complete the house quilt block. You need to make four of these.
Assembling the house wall hanging
Sew the house quilt blocks together in pairs with a 9.1/2″ strip of dark blue sashing between them. Sew the two pairs of blocks together with a 19.1/2″ strip of sashing between them.
For the border I have used slightly wider 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue. You’ll need two lengths of 19.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 23.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the house wall hanging. It can now be layered, quilted and bound as for any quilt. Unusually for me, I have actually completed this wall hanging. I used stitch in the ditch quilting between the blocks, cross hatch quilting for the roof in each block and a meander quilting across the sky and for the main body of the house – the cream fabric. For the binding I have used the same red fabric as that used for the roof.
Here’s the video:
As you have obviously realised, I have moved house now. We didn’t exchange contracts till 4 o’clock on Monday but were still able to move on Tuesday – well done to my solicitor! I had hoped to write an article telling you all about my first impressions of Birmingham, but I don’t have a phone or broadband yet, so I’m making do with the free wifi in the library or some cafes. I hope that by next week I will have plenty of photos for you to see.