Downtown House Quilt Blocks

Last week, I saw Karen’s Summer Cottage blocks at Karen’s Quilts, Crows and Cardinals. They are beautiful and I thought that maybe I could share mine too. The houses I am working on are not summer cottages. They are houses we find downtown. Old square houses.


This house is very old: the walls and the window frames are not straight anymore…

They do not have the “clean” look of freshly built houses. The colors may be slightly pale, the structure may not be as straight as before, holes may be found in the mortar. But the bushes are fully grown, the gardens have a mature look, some of those houses have vines over their bricks and there is an overall charm that no one can deny.

Those blocks are a work in progress. They are not finished and more blocks will be added. From time to time, I look at them and add an embroidery here, a piece of fabric there. And I see a border or a stitching that is not straight. Sometime I will undo what should, maybe, be straight. But I often just leave it as it is. That adds some charm, no? I am wondering… what do you do? Do you undo the culprit and make it straight or do you leave it there? There is no right or wrong answer. I am just wondering what you usually do… France

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16 thoughts on “Downtown House Quilt Blocks

  1. you have such beautiful details in your houses. I would not unpick them. Just as the original houses have imperfections that make them charming, so do your blocks!

    Thanks for linking to Needle and Thread Thursday!

    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

    • That building is so funny and you’re absolutely right, my houses certainly don’t look that crooked. Thank you for the link. I’ll think about the pub each time I’ll be stitching appliqués with straight lines now. There’ll be no avoiding that!

  2. Your houses are amazing! I am starting to collect patterns for a house themed table cover and then for a quilt for myself. I prefer to machine applique the pieces as opposed to piece quilting too. Good job on creating your houses!

    • Thank you very much! I hope you’ll share your own when you make them. If there’s a house in a picture in a link party, you can be sure that I click on it!

  3. Thanks for sharing your house blocks. House quilts are a secret obsession of mine. I pin them constantly and am always looking for new ideas. About those crooked lines, sometimes I leave them, sometimes I don’t. I guess it depends on the project. Most of my quilts are relaxed free motion and they never have straight lines anyway 🙂

    • They are an obsession for me too… I have lots of them in my Pinterest boards. Thank you for sharing your “habits” about the straight lines. I love reading about other’s ways of doing things.

    • Thank you! I’m also looking forward to see them all in a quilt but I’m also content with working on them a little bit at a time. It seems that these blocks require reflexion to decide what will be added next.

  4. Hi France — Oh My your blocks are just beautiful! I LOVE them. Thanks so much for sharing them and I’m glad I could help with that ; ) Thanks also for the shout out on my blog — woohoo! I can’t wait to watch these progress. As far as the “Fix It” goes… sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. With flowers and leaves and rounded designs it’s easy to just let it go — but I found on my house block that I was more picky because things were suppose to be Square. That is just the crazy side of me…. Anyhow – yours are awesome and I Love the way you describe your first one. Hugs, Karen

    • Thank you for the compliment. I’ll make sure to post my progress on these houses. Thanks for sharing your point of view about fixing things. I just love to know what people think and how they work when it comes to handmade creations. I’ll check on your houses regularly.

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