Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Schoolhouse Quilts





It seems that the old favourite, the schoolhouse block, is enjoying a great return to the spotlight of late.  I have noticed it being done in miniature on a number of blogs, in particular some lovely ones being done by Frances.  I have to admit it has never been my favourite block.  However, a few years ago my patchwork group had a schoolhouse block trade.  Not wanting to appear a piker, I joined in the fun.  There were several groups of eight.  The brief was simple - each group had a certain background fabric, and the block was to be foundation pieced using a red/blue/green colour scheme [the pattern was supplied, along with the required colour placement].  We all purchased our fabric at a local store, made eight 12 inch blocks, kept one of our own, and received a block from each of the other seven participants.   I have tried to share a photograph of my finished quilt.  It is quite long, and difficult to capture properly.

I did want to make a quilt of some substance, and I really don't like different blocks abutting one another, so I chose to work other blocks with a different design.  The one I chose was taken from a Judy Martin pattern book, and called Teacher's Pet [quite appropriate I thought].  It was given in a 14 inch pattern, so I added borders to the schoolhouse blocks to bring them up to that size.  This photograph shows the block I made, ie my choice of fabrics.  Unfortunately, at the time of the initial fabric purchase, I did not have a plan for my quilt, so the fabrics I used in the alternate blocks are a little different.

I wanted to add sashing between the blocks, so as to give myself some added width and length.  I also needed another colour for the star blocks, so chose to use a golden yellow.  This block was also foundation pieced, which made rather a neat job of all adjoining points.

The quilt is what I call 'king single' size.  I quilted it myself on my domestic sewing machine, much of it straight line, with a little close stippling on one of the borders.  I used a patterned wideback fabric for the backing. 

I quite enjoyed the challenge of using a block that wasn't up my alley, as well as doing the maths in order to incorporate the two blocks, with sashing and borders, into a useful quilt.  Now I'm looking forward to the day when I actually have a king single bed on which to use the quilt, instead of it being packed away in the linen cupboard. 




10 comments:

Nähmeise said...

dera Linda,
a wonderful quilt, the colors I like!
a Schoolhouse Quilt I've always wanted to sew ...

Mrs Dibble said...

The schoolhouse block is one of my favourites...and those stars are beautiful and tricky...lovely job. Happy New Year.

Frances Leate said...

Great quilt Linda and I love the block you used to complement the schoolhouse ones. Buried in a cupboard where my very long time UFOs live I have a folder with lots of red and cream schoolhouse blocks cut and ready to sew - one day!! Take care.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Linda, Lovely job of creating the school house block ans star block. I always found star blocks more challenging. Great quilt. Hugs Judy

Wanda-Maria Roszak said...

Linda, your talent for art. is a comprehensive, looking at your work, placed literally everything. Your work of art. are beautiful, each in its kind, execution, coloring, sewing, design, everything beautiful, to me you are a wonderful artist, beautiful art, I wish you successes,
greetings:)))

Jensters said...

Great looking at these Linda, I might be going on a mystry quilt course! never done quilting before xx

Karyn said...

Your quilt has turned out so well linda. I love the simplicity of it and the colours. So lovely. Too nice to be languishing in a cupboard.
What a good effort to quilt it on a domestic machine. I have decided to never do any of mine again on my domestic machine and spend the money to get them done by someone else (anyone else!!).

shirley said...

I missed this Linda, sorry. You have done a marvellous job of this quilt is is really lovely. I like the simplicity of the design, although the starts to me are quite intricate. Congratulations on those love points. I like the colour scheme as well you do colours perfectly.

Iceni UK said...

Linda, just love your quilt, the colours are perfect for this house block. Wish I could quilt like you, stitch in the ditch is as far as I dare go for large quilts. :)
Hugs.

Anney said...

Hi Linda,the schoolhouse quilt is very colourful and I particularly like the block in the top right hand ...
The first and only quilt i've made was far too big for a first time and took me years..because I kept putting it away!! but when complete was given to a friend ,for whom it was intended,and is now in France being used by children as a'throw' at playtimes!!!...I actually would have preferred it to be hung...it was called 'Fox in the Henhouse'..you can imagine what kind of applique was on the main body!!
I need to make something smaller next time!