Dec 9: Little Red House

Hello! It’s Christine Weld here with my Little Red House block for Countdown to Christmas! House quilts are so much fun and just perfect for holiday quilts. This simple little house block is ripe for embellishments (add a wreath to the door perhaps, or maybe embroider some smoke coming out of the chimney?) and is a quick finish at either the 12″ or 6″ version.

This block finishes at 6″ or 12″ square.

I made a scrappy little house using three different red fabrics and two different neutral prints. You can easily cut the required red pieces from a single fat quarter for a more uniform look.

1 fat quarter of background fabric

1 fat quarter of red fabric (or 1 fat quarter and scraps from two additional red fabrics)

Scraps of neutral fabric for door and window

The fabrics used in my block are from the following collections: Farm Fresh by Gingiber, Vintage Holiday by Bonnie and Camille, Hometown Christmas Edition by Sweetwater, Nest by Lella Boutique, and Compositions by BasicGrey.


6″ Block 12″ Block
From background fabric, cut:

(1) 2 ½” x 1½” rectangle

(1) 4” x 1½”  rectangle

(1) 1” square

(2) 2” squares

(2) 4” x 1”  rectangles

From background fabric, cut:

(1) 4½” x 2 ½” rectangle

(1) 7 ½” x 2 ½”  rectangle

(1) 1½” square

(2) 3½” squares

(2) 7½” x 1½”  rectangles

From red print #1 (chimney), cut (1) 1” square From red print #1 (chimney), cut (1) 1½” square
From red print #2 (roof), cut (1) 6½” x 2” rectangle From red print #2 (roof), cut (1) 12½” x 3 ½” rectangle
From red print #3 (house), cut:

(1) 5½” x 1½” rectangle

(2) 3” x 1½” rectangles

(1) 3” x 1” rectangle

(2) 1½” x 1¼” rectangle

From red print #3 (house), cut:

(1) 10½” x 2½” rectangle

(2) 5½” x 2½” rectangles

(1) 5½” x 1½” rectangle

(2) 2½” x 2” rectangle

From neutral print #1 (door), cut (1) 3” x 2” rectangle From neutral print #1 (door), cut (1) 5½” x 3½” rectangle
From neutral print #2 (window), cut (1) 1½” square From neutral print #2 (window), cut (1) 2½” square


The 6″ and 12″ blocks are constructed using the same instructions. Measurements for the 6″ blocks are listed first with the measurements for the 12″ block in brackets.

Make Chimney Unit

Sew the 1” [1½”] square of Red #1 fabric to the 1” [1½”] square of background fabric, with the red fabric on the bottom. Press towards the red fabric. Sew the 2 ½” x 1½” [4½” x 2 ½”] rectangle of background fabric to the left side of the unit. Sew the 4” x 1½”  [7 ½” x 2 ½”] rectangle of background fabric to the right side of the unit. Press towards background fabrics.


Make Roof Unit

Take the two 2” [3½”] squares of background fabric. Draw a line diagonally across the back of each one. Lay background squares on the ends of the 6½” x 2” [12½” x 3 ½”] rectangle of Red #2 RST with the diagonal lines extending from the bottom corners inward. Sew on the lines. Trim ¼” away from the sewn line and press towards the red fabric.


Make House Unit

Sew the 3” x 2” [5½” x 3½”] rectangle of Neutral #1 (the door piece) to one of the 3” x 1½” [5½” x 2½”] rectangles of Red #3. Press towards the red.

Sew a 1½” x 1¼” [2½” x 2”] rectangle of Red #3 to either side of the 1½” [2½”] square of Neutral #2 (the window piece). Press towards the red. Sew the 3” x 1” [5½” x 1½”] rectangle of Red #3 to the top of the unit. Sew the 3” x 1½” [5½” x 2½”] rectangle of Red #3 to the bottom of the unit. Press towards the long red pieces.

Sew the window unit to the door unit.

Sew the 5½” x 1½” [10½” x 2½”] rectangle of Red #3 to the top of the unit.

Sew a 4” x 1”  [7½” x 1½”] rectangle of background fabric to each side of the unit.


Join Sections Together

Sew the three units together to form the block.


This block finishes at 6″ or 12″ square.


I hope you’re having fun counting down to Christmas the quilty way.

Christine Weld

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9 comments on “Dec 9: Little Red House

  1. Laurie says:

    This little house was so much fun! It’s my first house block. I will definitely make more of these. Love it!

  2. SuryaSews says:

    Thank you!

  3. SuryaSews says:

    I need to make a rug mug for a friend who’s a kitty lover. This will be perfect, with a kitty in the door or window. Fun!

  4. Dot says:

    It’s a cute little house, but why do the diagrams show a vertical seam in the center of the roof, with a mismatched plaid? The cutting and sewing instructions don’t have that seam.

    • Christine Weld says:

      I made the diagrams in EQ and the seam shown is a sort of quirk of the fabric import process. Basically, the program has a swatch of fabric and repeats it for larger pieces like this block, but the visual isn’t always seamless. There shouldn’t be a seam in the finished project. Thanks for asking, and happy sewing!

  5. Mary Andra Holmes says:

    Perfect. Thank you.

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