New Orleans House Project

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Grandmother's Choice: Schoolhouse

I exercised my right to choose a different block for this entry in Barbara Brackman's BOW.  Despite my best efforts, I could not get the pdf for the Schoolhouse block to print at the correct size.  So, I went searching through my quilt book library for a suitable substitute.

I found a happy 8" block in Marsha McCloskey's Christmas Quilts.

The book is out of print, but it appears copies are still available through  Besides the Schoolhouse block, there are a number of patterns for traditional blocks and plenty of red and green quilt eye candy.

I used Grid Grip for my schoolhouse roof.  Note:  because the grid templates are ironed to the wrong side of the fabric, be sure to cut the roof parallelogram piece in reverse.

Grandmother's Choice blocks to date.  I still need to make the Kansas Sunflower block, I just haven't made the time to cut and prep for the hand sewing.  Next up:  Little Boy's Britches.  Looks like more hand sewing on the horizon!


  1. Love your schoolhouse block! All your blocks look terrific together. I found the britches block quite a challenge, but it is good to stretch our limits, right? Thanks for to see the progress!

  2. I love the materials you chose for this block!

  3. Love all your blocks together. I still need to do that sunflower block too - maybe in December I'll get around to prepping it.

  4. I find those house blocks hard to do! I made one last year and promptly made the roof section backwards! The print is so pretty. Your blocks looks great

  5. Your block looks great! What a good idea to look for a substitute pattern that is similar and easier to construct.
    Love your collection so far! I am still hoping to make the sunflower also.