A Little Patchwork – Schoolhouse Block

I came upon a house block I had photocopied from a library book quite some time ago.   I’ve since learned its proper name is a schoolhouse block or Little Red Schoolhouse.  It looked simple yet there were a lot of little pieces to work with – 28 to form the house.

Schoolhouse Block diagram

Piecing is tricky, and I had difficulty with the roof point and matching up seams.  I had several “stitch it again” moments, trying to get closer to a reasonable accuracy.

Trouble Piecing - No Point

Basted Schoolhouse BlockIt’s a big 8 x 9 inch, with a layer of insul-brite and a layer of cotton batting, so it’ll do the job even though the house is homely and crooked.

Schoolhouse Potholder BackSchoolhouse Potholder


I attached and quilted with a walking foot for the first time.  It was simple to attach: I removed the shank and foot with the screwdriver that came with the machine, screwed the foot into position while putting the “claw” in place as seen on the right.


I found a long strip of two fabrics I had previously sewn together, and made a simple 9 patch pincushion from the strip.9 Patch and Back Pincushion and ButtonsPincushion 3x3

I use it for needles I’m currently sewing with, and need to put down without losing them.

On the subject of lost and found, I was happy to find my lost strawberry needlebook many months ago in my box of lace and trim.  And to think I blamed the dog!


Links to free schoolhouse quilt blocks:

grandmothers choice.blogspot:  an 8 inch finished block and also an interesting look at Lucy Stone and women’s education in the 19th century.

popular patchwork:  downloadable pdf with templates and instructions.

quiltmag:  pdf for a 12 inch finished block with directions and templates.

creative partners:  a downloadable diagram.

mccalls quilting:   a 2 inch block,  miniature quilt  with Kasse Fassett prints.

see how we sew.wordpress:   history of the schoolhouse block and inspirational examples.

4 thoughts on “A Little Patchwork – Schoolhouse Block

  1. seweverythingblog

    That’s a cute schoolhouse block – not “homely” as you put it, but very charming and folksy. Make some more!

    1. Stitch It Again Post author

      Than you for your perspective! Now I’m looking at it with new eyes, and not just thinking it didn’t turn out “perfect”. If I made the block again I would use one of the free blocks I linked that uses less pieces.


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