Wednesday, 8 February 2012

School Houses

Yesterday afternoon, having finished the prairie-style double hourglass quilt, I found myself at a bit of a loose end. I idly looked at my bookcase and settled upon one of the "Little Quilts" books.

Little Quilts' books are full of lovely pictures of roomsets awash with adorable dinky quilts, mainly with a homespun feel.

My eyes were drawn to a quilt that looked a little like a flag but in particular, to the schoolhouse block in its corner. I love this block and hadn't yet tried it.

I didn't for whatever reason, fancy making the flag. But I did want to try the schoolhouse block and I must say, this is a nice easy version, no inset piecing in sight.

Four blocks and some sashing decisions later...

Oooh, cute don't you think? I made it virtually entirely from scraps too, just except for the sashing and corner stones.

I simply hand quilted the top last night in front of "Land Girls". I didn't want to make a small quilt though, so today, I added a button-closed backing et voila. I didn't expect we'd be looking at the pew again quite so soon but well, we are.

Maybe it's the freezing dull weather but this sort of homely design is floating my proverbial boat at the mo'.

Now what next?


  1. These are just beautiful!
    Look at them both sitting there...they look so pretty and cosy...

    I was amazed at your 'Quilt roll of honour' for 2012 already Hen!

    Changing the subject...I think you have excellent taste in wallpaper... Your sitting room looks beautiful :o)

    Have a happy, happy week my lovely lady,
    Take care Hen.
    Love Donna xx

  2. The cushion is perfect - it looks absolutely fabulous on the pew and goes very well with the new quilt.
    Julie xxxxxx

  3. Oh my gosh!! What a darling pillow! You did an amazing job with the little house block. That book was the first quilt book that I ever bought. I live about an hour from Little Quilts Quilt Shop. It is a wonderful shop. I love coming to your blog, I always feel so inspired!

  4. Wow, how do you do them so quick, and so brilliantly, it would take me ages just to decide on what fabrics to use, I love it!

  5. Oh I love that cushion cover, Hen. What a great use of a few 'spare' hours.

  6. I've been toying with an idea to use 'schoolhouse' blocks- they are very charming.That book looks really desirable.Gosh but you work FAST.I've only managed to put a few simple blocks together today!

  7. Just like that! Too clever!
    Just read your Julie Arkell workshop post too. What a fab day you all had. Love your little makes. M x

  8. oooh I love the schoolhouse block, what a darling pillow you've made with it! I haven't seen that block design before. I just bought a couple quilt books recently, but i think you are tempting me with more! eek!
    Jessie, xo

  9. That's one of my FAVORITE books! I've made almost all the quilts in it. They are so charming. And your house pillow is perfection!

  10. Thanks to you all for your lovely comments. By way of note, the Little Quilts books were published way back and can now be picked up quite cheaply in the Amazon Z shops. That's the good thing about classic quilts, they're always in fashion...
    Hen x

  11. Hi hen , Iám a quit reader of your blog but when I saw your houses I love to share this blog whit you

    We are making a house a day so at the end of the year we have 365 houses and one ;o)

    I have decided not to make so much for now I have 9 houses.....and made al little quilt it's not finished yet .....

    thank you for your lovely blog and pictures everytime .....
    It's such fun to read

    warm greatings from Holland

  12. missed your lovely cats on the pictures, enjoy, love marion

  13. Oh Hen u rock you know that?

    I want that book!
    I'm making another mini quilt right now, with a bad shoulder too, cant stop sewing.


  14. Adorable project. The book is great. It was the first quilt book I bought

  15. Love it! So sweet.You have made yourself a lovely little nook.

  16. Don't forget you can buy homespun fabrics online at Bespoke Country if you need to top up! Will you be coming oop north again this year? jennyx

  17. They look fab. I love the cushion idea. it looks great on that pew.
    I love the pew too. I think they look great in homes, a bit like they were made to be there. Odd.

  18. I have both of their books and the second one is just as awesome as the first. The little quilts are such fun and the books are filled with so many pretties it would be hard to chose which to make first. I also love that they show a lot of ideas on how to display them.
    Susanne :)

  19. it's a great book, i have one and use it often. there is another one too...and i love your bench!

  20. Delightful book! ... :0)

  21. I think I am going to buy the book.....your little houses look great...ciao Alison

  22. Oh my goodness, those quilts and that 'Little Quilt' pillow are just too cute! Makes me want to make one right now, too. :) Thanks for the inspiration.

  23. Absolutely perfect, they compliment each other so well. You have the eye for just the right fabrics to blend together.
    It's always a pleasure to visit you, probably as well it's only virtual or we'd all be wanting to slip the gorgeous pair under our coats on the way out.

    Enjoy your weekend

    Peg x


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