I made one for Amandajean in my Sew Connected virtual quilting bee, but once you get started, one is not enough. I was inspired by my little house for her and by her inspiration quilt. I made these to celebrate two commissions completed!
They're all free pieced. Each one unique. I want to keep mine simple and let the shapes and the fabric take center stage. I'd love this to be a bed sized quilt. I don't think that's going to be a problem.
If you've never made free pieced houses before, Tonya, of Lazy Gal Quilting is the queen and her tutorial for 'wonky' and 'wacky' houses will teach you everything you need to know. (Look in her sidebar under houses.)
Here is a mini tutorial for one way that I do a little house. Cut a square for the body of the house and a rectangle for the roof. Sizes aren't that important, but you might want your roof to extend over the sides of the house so keep that in mind. Cut pieces of background fabric the same width as your house. Cut two squares of background fabric the same width of the roof piece. For example, if the rectangle is 2" wide, cut 2" squares.
Sew the background pieces to each side of the house and place the squares on the roof rectangle as shown, sew diagonally from the centers to the outside corners.
Cut off the outer triangles leaving a quarter inch seam.
Press the background triangles up and you've got a roof!
Add some background fabric and sew the roof to the body of the house and you're done. With the basics of Tonya's instructions you can add doors, windows, tilt the roof, add chimneys...the sky is the limit. I bet you can't make just one!
For those of you who asked...this is the commission spiderweb quilt. It's 63 x 95 and will be used primarily as a tablecloth. It's going to a lovely home, one of those houses that you might find in Country Living magazine. The house has exposed wood beams and is filled with unique, beautiful antique furniture and country decor. My client chose the fabrics to coordinate perfectly with her room. It's going to be beautiful in her house. My favorite part is the scrappy binding.