Quilt Block Mania Back to School

Where has this summer gone?  Staying at home is becoming a bit strange as the months are going by without the usual activities.  For many, this school year will be different too, and what better time to sew up a Back to School theme quilt with sampler blocks of all kinds.  Thank you to our blog hop hostess Carolina Moore of Always Expect Moore for organizing a Quilt Block Mania event.  There are some adorable blocks available for you to do a Back to School quilt, wall hanging or door decoration for your home school.  Block designs include apples and bookworms, books, pencils, a school bus, and a lot more, including my block of a little red schoolhouse.  My block combines a bit of embroidery with a traditional pieced block.  Be sure to see the end of this post for a giveaway!

I’ll show you the quick tutorial first.  Begin this block by cutting all the pieces, then laying them out according to the pattern in the download below.

Quilt Mania Schoolhouse Block

Begin sewing the half square triangles first.

Quilt Mania Schoolhouse Block

Then, assemble the row with the door and windows.  Sew the gold window squares to the red house squares first.  Chain piece these with the door unit for efficiency.

Quilt Mania Schoolhouse Block

Continue with the assembly, making three sub-units.

Quilt Mania Schoolhouse Block

Assemble the rows.

Quilt Mania Schoolhouse Block

Use a quarter-inch foot with a flange for accuracy.

Quilt Mania Schoolhouse Block

All done with the piecing.

Quilt Mania Schoolhouse Block

Using your favorite marking method, put the letters in the red bar between the top two windows.  I like these silver water erasable markers by Quilter’s Choice.

Quilt Mania Schoolhouse Block

Embroider with a complementary color of floss, using three strands.

Quilt Mania Schoolhouse Block

Download the free pdf pattern for your sewing room – QBM Red Schoolhouse

You can see my Scrap Dance pattern series on My Patterns page, or on Etsy.  Leave a comment on this post, and be entered to win a free digital pdf pattern of your choice delivered via email.  If you purchase a pattern this week, and your name is drawn, your purchase price for one pattern will be refunded as your prize.  Winner will be drawn on Friday.


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Join my Friends of From My Carolina Home Facebook group, and share your Back to School creations!!

Here are the other bloggers on the hop, and a graphic of all the blocks.  Have fun!!

Crayons by Slice of Pi Quilts 
Lockers by Powered by Quilting
Math Problem by Pretty Piney
Chalk Board by Inquiring Quilter
Stack of Books by Carolina Moore
Pointy Pencil Block by Sew Brainy
Geometry by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Pencils by Quilting Room with Mel
School Bus by Orange Blossom Quilt
Book with Animal by Seams to be Sew
Stack of Textbooks by Quilted Diary
Shades of the Sun by Charisma Horton
Basketball by Devoted Quilter
Apples by Perkins Dry Goods
Box of Crayons by ScrapDash
Apple with leaf by Blockofthemodotcom
Crayons by Off the Wall Quilt
School Time Schoolhouse by Quilt Moments
School House by Utah Quilt Appraiser
Pencil by True Blue Quilts
Owl by The Whimsical Workshop
Calculator by Quilt Fabrication
Crayons by Linda B Creative
Applique Computer by DooHikey Designs
Modern Apple by Cotton Street Commons
Glue by Quilting Mod
School Girls Puzzle by Sew on the Go
Snack by Quiltfox Design
Backpack by Oh Kaye Quilting
Math Signs by Patti’s Patchwork
Bookworm by Appliques Quilts and More
Backpack by Tacy Gray
Schoolhouse by From My Carolina Home
Girl’s Favorite by Blue Bear Quilts
Origami Paper Plane by Amara Creacions
Show up and Shine! by SewJoy Creations
School House with Children by Aunte Ms Quilts

Enjoy the hop!  What are you sewing this week?

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15 thoughts on “Quilt Block Mania Back to School

  1. Mary Stori

    School house and house blocks are always such a welcome sight…..perfect project for this time of the year.

  2. Julie

    I’m inspired to make some of these blocks for my grandnieces & nephews. They’ve been schooling at home & who knows what will happen after Labor Day this year. Proposals seem to include some days in class & some days at home. I think a placemats for each could be fun.

  3. Rosemary B

    This is so cute!!! Aaak, another quilt I need to make.
    I love all of the adorable blocks. Yours is sweet Carole

  4. Barb K

    Love your School House block! I did your Scrap Dance Minuet quilt–the top is all done and awaiting quilting–I am deciding if I want to try it on my home machine or rent time on a Long-Arm.

  5. That is a very cute design for a quilt and very appropriate for this time of year. I kind of wish more schools were red. It seems many of the schools in the area have colored metal roofs, but not red.

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