Neighborhood Charm Quilt

Hi, I'm Debbie from Esch House Quilts and I'm thrilled to be sharing my recipe for Neighborhood Charm on Moda Bake Shop!  House quilts and quilts with limited color palettes always speak to me, so when I saw the new Mama Said Sew line by Sweetwater, I knew it was a perfect fit for the little house quilt I had in mind.  I hope you enjoy making Neighborhood Charm for your neighborhood!

One charm pack of Mama Said Sew
1¼ yards background fabric
yard binding fabric
44" x 45" backing fabric
44" x 45" batting

1. From the background fabric, cut:

  •  2  5" strips – subcut these to 11 5" squares and 4 2¾" squares.
  •  5  2¾" strips – subcut these to 70 2¾" squares.
  •  9  2" strips for sashing and borders – subcut 7 of these to 36½" and 2 to 38".
2. From the binding fabric, cut 4  2½" strips.


1. Choose 37 charms from the charm pack. (I eliminated charms that blended too much with the background fabric). Set the rest aside for another project or the back.

2. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the 2¾" background squares.
Figure 1

3. Align the upper left corner of a charm square and the 2¾" background square right sides together. The diagonal line should go from lower left to upper right. (Figure 1)

4. Sew on the drawn line. 
Figure 2
5.  Trim away the charm and background triangles outside the stitching line. (Figure 2)  Press the triangle open toward the outer edges of the charm square.  

Figure 3
6. Repeat this process for the upper right corner with the diagonal line running from upper left to lower right. (Figure 3)
Figure 4
7. Make 37 houses. (Figure 4) 

Figure 5

1. Lay out your charm houses in rows according to the diagram, adding in the 5" background squares as “parks” or “vacant lots”. (Figure 5) [Note: When I lay out the houses I first do it randomly and then go back and adjust. If all the black houses end up in the same corner or there are three of the same prints very close together, I’ll move blocks around to fix this, but I try not to obsess over it :)]
2. Sew the rows together.
3. Sew a sashing strip to the bottom of each house row.
4. Sew a sashing strip to the top of the first house row.
5. Sew a sashing/border strip to each side of the quilt top.

1. Press the quilt top.
2. Layer with the backing and batting.
3. Quilt as desired. My version of Neighborhood Charm is quilted in the ditch and with doors and front walks.  I added some "garden inspired" quilting in the "parks".
4. Bind with the binding strips.

One Neighborhood Charm quilt 37½" x 39"

Debbie Grifka
{Esch House Quilts}



chmurka said...

This is great, I'll try make pillows like this

teresa said...

I love it. I love simple quilts. Thanks to share it.

Francis Paul said...

what a lovely quilt!

Julimond said...

So easy, but so wonderful. Only a few colours, thats also my way.

Thanks for this.

Iris from Germany

Quiltjane said...

Debbie, what a wonderful quilt. I love everything from the fabric choice to the quilting.

Katie B. said...

This is lovely!

Susan said...

Very pretty, love it! I have a question about your quilting. Its is done so nicely, but I have a hard time starting and stopping my machine quilting and I see there is a lot of that here. Any tips on how to start and stop without it showing a lot? Thanks so much!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Very cute quilt and love the Mama Said Sew fabric. Great job.

Auntie Pami said...

What a fun little quilt. I love simple, easy and who doesn't love this fabric line? Great job!

Gill said...

I love it!

Casper65 said...

Love this. I have been looking for a cute little quilt to make to practice ruler work on the long-arm without getting overwhelmed!! This is perfect!!

Elizabeth said...

Just the project I need to use up left overs. Thanks.

charlotte said...

Very cute and I love the simplicity of it.

stephmabry said...

Love this idea for a wall hanging or baby quilt. :)

Sherry said...

Love your quilt. Simple but so cute. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Luisa said...

Just perfect, I also subscribe to the fact that "less is more" wonderful fabric choice, will have to make this one.

Erin Kathleen Thim said...

This is just perfect. Thinking it will look adorable in summerville!

Malini said...

Simple and Beautiful!

Helen L said...

LOVE this quilt!! What a great idea!! I've been wanting to make a house quilt, and this one looks easy enough that I could do it quickly. thanks!!

Marg said...

Love this quilt Debbie, it's a great way to use charms. Love your fabric choices too.

Amy DeCesare said...

I love the simple attractive design of this! Very childlike, and exciting in this colorway. I love the way there are "parks" between homes. So imaginative!

brenda rowley gray said...

debbie - love the new quilt. my inspiration for one of the three baby quilts this fall! thank you again for sharing.

Marilyn said...

I love it! Thanks for sharing it!!

Klasien said...

I love it and I made it.
It looks real nice, made it in different fabric, more country, but it turned out really pretty. Thanks for sharing this great pattern!!!

Suzanne said...

Debbie! What a fun design. I have seen your name on a lot of the comments on blogs I read but never seen your work. I absolutely love this quilt. Thank you for sharing it!

Quilt Fabric Pizazz said...

How easy is this! So cute indeed. I am going to make some houses myself....thinking Reunion or Lucy's Crab Shack as I have them in my stash. Love it!

Dawn said...

Love your quilt Debbie, it's gorgeous! I've been wanting to try a little house quilt for a while, and your pattern and tutorial have given me the push to give it a go, thanks so much for sharing :)

missavene said...

Now I know what I'm doing with the rest of that "hometown" layer cake I've been hording <3

quilary said...

I made a table runner based on this pattern and it turned out brilliantly.Thanks so much for sharing this great patterns.

Bunny D said...

This is my favorite baby quilt pattern - perfect for little ones to "drive" cars through the streets or take "babies" to visit each other. I like to call it my "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" quilt, in honor of Mr. Rogers. Thank you for such a simple yet delightful pattern!

Tara Celeste said...

What a sweet idea! I'm going to call my house quilt the same thing :)

Kristin said...

I made this from Sweetwater's Road 15 charm pack and it turned out sooo cute!! I posted picture on my blog: