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.
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.
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 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.