On the first Monday of each month this year, Quiltmaker publishes a mini block on-line. This month it’s “Home Sweet Home,” a darling little house.
You can read editor Diane Harris’ tutorial here. Her bitty house blocks are pictured above. Quiltmaker suggests making a Row by Row quilt at the end of the year. You can see several suggested layouts for various sized quilts here.
Inspired by a quilt I saw exhibited at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, I made nine blocks with my collection of ethnic prints acquired several years ago on a mission trip to Nairobi, Kenya. I added a few scraps from Kaye England’s “African Inspirations” line. I used black as the background just as the “inspiration quilt” did. Black really allows the bold colors to “pop.” Notice the letters on the selvage at the bottom of the center house, “GHAN.” This fabric was printed in Ghana!
Have you perused the quilting book “Best of Circle of Nine” by Janet Houts and Jean Ann Wright? I used a setting idea from the book to arrange my nine bitty house blocks in a circle. Arranging them in a circle rather than sashed traditionally seems more village-like.
After adding a narrow black border all around, my mini quilt measured 13 1/2″ square. For quilting, I chose a thin black thread and stitched minimally in the seams. Binding with a zebra print jazzes up the quilt, don’t you think? Now I have a visual, quilt-y reminder to pray for people suffering religious and ethnic persection in Africa.
What fabrics would you use for your itty bitty houses?