It’s an Open House Blog Hop. I dare you to come in.

Does it freak you out to try new things?  Me too….but sometimes it freaks me out more to be stuck squarely within the four walls of my comfort zone.  Sew…

Rather than just showing you a house block, I thought “We should build a house together… or at least a house themed quilt block. I looked and looked and found this liberated house pattern by Sophie at Sophie Junction.

Trust me, its easy as ABC, 123. If you want to play along all you need is a ruler, a pencil, and a sheet or two of 8 1/2″ x 11″ printer paper.  If you don’t have printer paper on hand, you can use the reverse side of any correspondence  that you received in the mail.  Lots of flyers are blank on the back and re-puposing paper is a perfect way to practice loving the plant.  (Just saying).

First things first…use your ruler to draw a line 8.5 inches down from the top of one of the longer sides of the paper. Then draw a square 1/4″ inside from the edge all around the 8 1/2″ square.  See below if that didn’t make any sense.


To draw the basic house outline, add a wonky line about 1/3 of the way down from the top of square.  Then add the roof lines.  I drew double lines 1/2 inch apart on both sides.  Make sure to bring the roof edges right out to the edges of the block. The next step is to draw the house walls. Check to see if your drawing looks something like this.

Next I added another wonky line about an inch or so below the roof line. Then I added the word “HI” below that.  The H becomes a door and a window and the other line adds wonderful texture and interest to the block.  You can add as many or as few lines as you like because there are no real rules for wonky houses.  You gotta love that.


Finally we have to identify the sewing order.  It’s important to follow the same order as I did in the example below.


Yay! We’ve drafted a wonderful quilt block that is perfect for paper piecing.  Now its up to  you to really make it shine.  Take a moment to imagine how cute it’s going to be when you add the fabric.

FYI sometimes I write the color I am planning to use in each section.  In theory, that way there are fewer times when I mix things up.


ITS TIME TO ADD YOUR UNIQUELY YOU PERSONALITY to your house.  Here is my own wonky Halloween haunted house block.


So…what next….?  Well I could leave it the way it is…. and make a bunch more to keep it company, or I could add some log cabin borders and make a mini-quilt for my friend Carole M. for her birthday/Halloween/thank you for inviting me to lunch gift….which is what I decided to do.  Here is my “Simply Boo-tiful” mini-house quilt.


I hope you enjoyed this blog hop post and will continue hopping to visit all the others who are sharing their houses with you today.  Just click on the link, and abracadabra you will be transported via the magic of modern technology to all these ahhhmazing blogs.

September 12


Days Filled With Joy

Freckled Fox Quiltery….that’s me.



Creative Blonde

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Quarter Inch Crafter

All Thingz Sewn

 If you want to re-visit the folks who blogged yesterday and the day before, here are links to their blogs.

September 10, 2018 

Words & Stitches

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Melva Loves Scraps

Cynthia’s Creating Ark

Quilting Quietly

Ms P Designs USA

Quilt n Party


September 11, 2018


MooseStash Quilting

Vroomans Quilts

Marjorie’s Busy Corner

Patchouli Moon Studio

Desert Sky Quilting

Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Clever Chameleon Quilting

Sew Many Yarns 

AND you definitely will want to come back for the next couple days to visit everyone else on the blog hop to see their wonderful creations.

September 13

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Quilt Doodle Designs

Quilting & Learning – What a Combo!

Domestic Felicity

Life in the Scrapatch

That Fabric Feeling

Just Because Quilts

Hazel’s Daughter

September 14

I Like To Quilt Blog

Selina Quilts

Benita Skinner’s Creative Space

Nettie Sews and Lucky Quilts

Bumbleberry Style

Quilt Fabrication

Sew Golden A Chance

Just Let Me Quilt

Did you do something creative today?


  1. Theresa says:

    That’s a cute block, looks like lots of fun to make.


  2. lapaylor says:

    omgosh that little dancing skeleton! Dancing like no one is watching!
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color


  3. Love it! Thanks for sharing.


  4. Love your quilting and your writing style! Very fun on both counts. Glad to find you in this hop – I will be back to see what else you get up to for sure. 🙂


  5. thedarlingdogwood says:

    Such a great haunted house! I really like the skeleton above the door. I like to think that he’s dancing.


  6. Extra fun house block, Velda!!


  7. zippyquilts says:

    I like your wonky house! My modern guild made a bunch of wonky house blocks a while back and assembled them into a quilt for Habitat for Humanity. It was fun.


  8. I love your house! Thanks for sharing


  9. Elizabeth Smith says:

    Very cute & creative! Loved the process!


  10. kaywelch says:

    What a fun exercise. And yes I plan to make some of these up into potholders for gifts. and maybe a wallhanging or two for friends. Thanks


  11. Carla says:

    Such a fun block and it was fun to follow along with the process. Fun!!


  12. Pat says:

    Very creative! Thanks for showing the steps along the way … 🙂 Pat


  13. Kathy h says:

    Your little haunted house is so cute.


  14. Wendy says:

    Very cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  15. Lj Meyers says:

    I absolutely love wonky houses. How sweet you are to gift the quilt to another Halloweeny lady. 🙂


  16. What a great tutorial on how to paper piece! Thank you! I can see a whole “neighborhood” of these wonky houses in seasonal fabric. How cute!


  17. Rochelle Summers says:

    Thank you for such a great idea! I’ve been doing some improv birds and perhaps I can now do some improve houses/bird houses!


  18. Mary Pat says:

    HI Velda! Super post and fantastic block! Your toot is so readable, thanks!


  19. bewtjwgmailcom says:

    just in time for Halloween


  20. selina says:

    Wow you certainly took the mystery out of making a pp pattern . Thanks. Your friend will be so happy with this wonderful Halloween mini.


  21. Joan says:

    OMG… I love it. Next month we have an Island Batik challenge for paper piecing. I think I’ve got an idea in my head now. You could have sold me on anything with Halloween fabric, but this little wonky house is just too cute!!!!


  22. I wonder what Velda created, I thought, and then I see this glorious wonky house. Of course, I’m pondering whether I can set aside all my other projects and just make wonky houses! Haha! Thanks for the great tutorial, Velda. Your house is adorable!


  23. Daryl says:

    I adore your wonky Halloween house! So cute and love the fabrics/colors you chose. Your friend will love it!


  24. Danette says:

    Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial for a paper-pieced house! I will have to try it when I have the chance. Yours is very cute for the Halloween season!


  25. mlmcspadden says:

    Fun mini-quilt and a great idea for drawing up a pp’d pattern.


  26. Janice Snell says:

    Sew easy! Thanks for walking me through the process.


  27. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Velda! What a fun post! I love how you took us through creating your wonky house. And it turned out adorable. How creative! ~smile~ Roseanne


  28. Kay says:

    That is so fun that you gave us a step by step wonky house block. Yours turned out so cute that I am going to try a table runner of wonky blocks myself. Thanks


  29. Carol S. says:

    I love, love, love that house block, especially in the Halloween fabrics. Creepy and cool! Thank you for sharing your process of creating the house…very interesting and helpful. I’m so glad you hopped with us today!


  30. Your mini-quilt is lovely, perfect for Halloween, and the technique is so versatile! Thanks for showing us how you drafted the block!


  31. Patricia says:

    Thank you for showing how to draft my own block. My birthday is Halloween and at the soon to be age of 74, I still have a lot of Fun.


  32. What a fun house block!


  33. Happy says:

    I love this! I’m going to have to try this soon. I’ll just add it to my (perfectly reasonably sized, I swear!) to sew list….


  34. Your house block is adorable! Thanks for sharing the process, too.

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